A free continuing legal education course Thursday in Houston will focus on the rights of unaccompanied children crossing the Texas border and the duties of federal, state, and local governments in handling the cases.

The Harris County Attorney’s Office is sponsoring the course for legal and law enforcement professionals.

Scheduled topics include:

  • the social and legal context for the rise of unaccompanied minors
  • the roles of the local, state and federal governments
  • the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008
  • forms of relief including: asylum, the Violence Against Women Act, temporary protective status, derivative citizenship, T&U non-immigrant visas, and special immigrant juvenile status
  • how attorneys can volunteer to help

The presentation will take place from 1-5 p.m. at Houston Community College, 5601 W. Loop South Freeway. Go to www.harriscountyattorney.net to complete the required online registration form.

Course sponsors include the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Harris County Constable Precinct 1, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Houston Bar Association, Catholic Charities, Foster Quan LLP, Monty & Ramirez LLP, AILA Texas Chapter, Houston Community College, Univision 45 Houston, Hispanic Bar Association of Houston, Mexican American Bar Association of Houston, Houston Volunteer Lawyers, Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law, University of Houston Law Center, South Texas College of Law, U.S. Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee and Al Green, and Texas Access to Justice Commission.

More information on training and pro bono opportunities for lawyers is available at texasbar.com/volunteer.