DC AAP’s Immigrant Child Health Committee co-hosted an advocacy training on patient’s legal rights entitled, What Every Pediatrician Should Know About Immigration Law Pertaining to Your Patients and Families, with American University’s Immigrant Justice Clinic at AU’s Washington College of Law on November 1st.

Over 25 attendees, including DC AAP chapter members and other community-based child health care providers representing multiple health centers and various medical, dental, legal and advocacy groups, joined a robust discussion with AU’s Immigrant Justice Clinic staff that covered a range of topics relevant for child health advocates working with and caring for immigrant children and families. The presentation by the Immigrant Justice Clinic staff included types of immigration legal relief and how physicians can advocate and support their patients and families.

For reference, please find attached the following handouts and reference documents from DC AAP’s advocacy training on patient’s legal rights:

  1. Powerpoint slides from the presentation
  2. List of immigration legal referral resources
  3. A sample draft letter for a physician writing an affidavit of support for a patient’s immigration status

To learn more about DC AAP’s efforts to care for immigrant children and families, contact the co-chairs of DC AAP’s Immigrant Child Health Committee, Daniel Newman,, and Nathalie Quion,