December 2, 2021

Special Findings for Abused Child

Attorney Mooradian recently received special findings of fact and rulings of law, based on a complaint under M.G.L. c. 119, §39M, for an immigrant child. Mooradian's client, a young man from El Salvador, had been living in the United States for approximately 15 years.  Unfortunately, throughout those years, the child had suffered protracted physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father. Indeed, his father was eventually deported per his criminal activity. Mooradian was able to serve the Defendant/Father with a copy of the complaint, and he was then able to pursue special findings of fact and rulings of law.  The Probate and Family Court judge found that the child had been abused, neglected, and abandoned by his father.  She also found that it was not in the child's best interests to return to his country of origin, but rather was in his best interests to remain in the United States in the care and custody of his biological mother. With this predicate order in hand, the child is now eligible to apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, a protective benefit from USCIS.  He will be able to eventually obtain lawful permanent resident status based on an I-360 petition.

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