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Available Cases: Alameda County

CLINIC’s National Pro Bono Project for Children seeks pro bono attorneys for the cases below.  For more information or to represent a child, please contact Laurie Joyce at ljoyce@cliniclegal.org.


*The Project provides one-on-one technical assistance and mentoring to pro bono attorneys providing representation.*


Project Case #11-211-278


Deadlines:  Master calendar on September 6, 2011 at 9 am in San Francisco


Potential Relief: SIJS (1 parent)


Location: Oakland                 Language: Spanish


Wendy is a 15 year old girl and native of El Salvador.  She entered the United States in 09/2010 and has reunified with her mother (EWI).  The child’s biological father abandoned her when she was 7 years old.  She never heard from her father again.  The child had a classmate killed by gang members. 


Project Case # 10-423-489


Deadlines:  Master calendar on 10/4/11 at  1:00pm in San Francisco


Potential Relief:  Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petition (1 parent); Voluntary Departure (to explore)


Language:  Spanish               Location: Oakland


Arnol is an 11 year old native of Honduras.  He entered the US in 1/10.  He lived with his father in Honduras. His father does not want to take care of him because he has another family.  The child is afraid to return to Honduras.  The minor’s siblings are also in removal proceedings, Cases # 10-423-490 & # 11-414-050.



Project Case # 11-414-050


Deadlines:  Master calendar on 3/6/12 at 8:30a.m. in San Francisco before IJ Daw


Potential Relief: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (1 parent) asylum (abuse needs to be further explored)


Child’s Location: Oakland, CA 


Oscar  is a 16 year old boy from Honduras.  He entered the United States in October of 2008, when he was 13 years old, with the help of a friend of his mother. Before coming to the United States, he lived with his younger brothers (who are now also in the United States, Cases#10-423-489 & -490) and his father and grandmother.  Child’s mother left Honduras for the U.S. when he was a very young. She sent money home to her sons, and that was mainly how they were able to have enough food and basic necessities.  His father had random and infrequent jobs, and the child said he was not really able to take care of them.


Child wanted to reunite with his mother and this was the main reason for leaving Honduras.  He reported that his father would yell at him and hit him when he misbehaved, although he believes they generally had a good relationship.  Child attended school up until 7th grade, but he also worked in construction a few hours a week to help support the family. He, his siblings, and his mother along with their step-father and younger USC sisters, live in Oakland, CA.  Child is afraid to return to Honduras because he does not want to be apart from his mother again, and he believes that his father would be unable to take care of him. His grandmother is also now dead.



Project Case # 10-601-184


Deadlines:  Master Calendar 11/1/11 at 8:30 am in San Francisco


Potential Relief: Asylum (to explore), Voluntary Departure  


Language:  Spanish               Location: Fremont


Luis is a 15 year old boy and native of Guatemala.  He entered the United States in 02/10.  He came to the United States because his grandfather/caretaker was being threatened and harassed by gang members.  They repeatedly demanded money from the family and threatened to hurt the family.  The grandfather has to sell his bus (form of income).  The child also witnessed gang members on the streets intimidating children with weapons.  He is very afraid of returning to Guatemala.



Project Case # 10-423-490


Deadlines:  Master calendar on 10/4/11 at 1:00pm in San Francisco


Potential Relief: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petition (1 parent); Voluntary Departure (to explore)


Language:  Spanish               Location: Oakland


Junior Samuel is a 13 year old native of Honduras.  He entered the US in 2/10.  He lived with his father in Honduras. His father does not want to take care of him because he has another family.  The child is afraid to return to Honduras.  (The minor’s siblings are also in removal proceedings, Cases #10-423-489, -490, & 11-414-050)


Project Case # 10-924-135


Deadlines:  Master calendar on 9/20/11 at 1:00pm in San Francisco


Potential Relief: Asylum (to explore)


Language:  Spanish               Location: Oakland


Carlos is a 10 year old native of Guatemala.  The child entered the US in 12/09 with his sister.  He left Guatemala fleeing gang recruitment efforts.  He is very afraid of the gang members.  Gang members approached him on three separate occasions to recruit the children to sell drugs for the gang.  The gang later called his home demanding $1000.  The caretaker is unable to protect the child because she is elderly.  (The child’s sibling is also in removal proceedings, Case# 10-924-136.)


Project Case # 10-924-136


Deadlines:  Master calendar on 9/20/11 at1:00pm in San Francisco


Potential Relief: Asylum (to explore)


Language:  Spanish              


 Location: Oakland


Tania is a 13 year old native of Guatemala.  The child entered the US in 12/09 with her brother.  She left Guatemala fleeing gang recruitment efforts.  She is very afraid of the gang members.  Gang members approached her on three separate occasions to recruit the children to sell drugs for the gang.  The gang later called her home demanding $1000.  The caretaker is unable to protect the child because the caretaker is elderly.  (The child’s sibling is also in removal proceedings, Case# 10-924-135.)


Project Case # 11-621-094


Potential Relief:  Asylum (to explore)


Location: San Leandro, CA


Next Court Hearing:  Sept. 28, 2011 at 9am with IJ Teeter in SF.


Pending Motions or Applications (filed): No.


Marlon is a ten year old boy from Guatemala who entered the United States in February 2011.  Marlon and his siblings are currently living with both of their parents in San Leandro, CA.  Marlon’s parents came to the United States in 2003 and they have been here since. 


Before coming to the U.S., Marlon lived with his paternal grandmother and brother and sister. According to his mom, Marlon had a good relationship with his grandmother, although he very much missed his parents and wanted to be with them.  The children and grandmother started having problems with local gangs.  The gangs attempted several times, in person, on the phone and by mail, to extort money from the family.  They demanded monthly payments.  They threatened to kidnap the children.  The family knew another family in the area who was similarly threatened. Their young daughter was killed when the family refused to pay.  According to Marlon’s grandmother, the gangs still come by and  look for the children.  Marlon is very scared to return to Guatemala.  The grandmother is not able to protect him from these people.


Asylum eligibility should be explored based upon gang persecution toward children who have no protection.


Project Case # 10-513-794


Potential Relif:  Asylum (to explore)


Location: San Pablo CA


Next Court:: March 12, 2013 at 8:30 am before IJ Peter in San Francisco, CA


Pending Motions or Applications (filed): None


Child is a 17 year old boy and native of El Salvador.  He was raised by his maternal grandparents in El Salvador.  His mother came to the US approximately 5 years ago to help support the child financially. 


The child fled to the US after being threatened by gang members on 2 occasions.  In November 2009, the child was on vacation from school.  He went to visit his paternal family in Chalatenango.  Gang members approached him and asked if he wanted to join.  He said no and the gang members threatened that they would send someone to kill him.  The child then returned to La Paz (his own village with his maternal grandparents).  Gang members tried to recruit him again and threatened to kill him. He stated he had never had any problems prior to these two threats. He did not return to school and made plans to flee to the U.S. 


Elmer may have an asylum claim based on gang violence that should be further explored.