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Mother's Day 2019

May 10, 2019
By Tania Guerrero

In honor of Mother’s Day 2019, CLINIC has collected the stories of four mothers who have gone through or are currently going through the asylum process. It is our hope that these stories illustrate the experience of motherhood under extreme circumstances, and how they are connected by perseverance, love, and hope.

Día de las Madres 2019: Isabel

May 10, 2019
By Tania Guerrero

Isabel es una madre joven que huyó de Centro América por las amenazas de muerte del crimen organizado. Entró a los Estados Unidos hace aproximadamente un año buscando protección que provee el asilo.  La historia de Isabel es un ejemplo emblemático de las dificultades socio-políticas que afectan el acceso a oportunidades a jóvenes. Isabel tiene la esperanza de un futuro estable y sano para su familia. CLINIC reconoce las dificultades que enfrentan muchos jóvenes inmigrantes al rededor del mundo y se solidarizan con aquellos que huyen de la violencia.  

Mother's Day 2019: Isabel

May 10, 2019
By Tania Guerrero

Isabel is a young mother who fled from Central America due to death threats by organized crime. She entered the United States approximately a year ago seeking protection of asylum. Isabel’s story is emblematic of the social political difficulties, which affects youth’s access to opportunities.  Isabel has hope for a stable and healthy future for her family. CLINIC recognizes the difficulties, which many young immigrants face around the world, and stands in solidarity with those who flee from violence.

عيد الأم 2019: مريم

May 10, 2019
By Tania Guerrero

مريم * (اسم مستعار) *  هي أم لطفلين ، ولدت ونشأت في الشرق الأوسط. الثلاثة جميعهم من الناجين من العنف المنزلي. لقد تركوا وطنهم بدافع مخاوف تتعلق بالسلامة ، حيث لم يكن لدى الحكومة نظام مناسب لتوفير الحماية. حصلت مريم وأطفالها على حق اللجوء منذ عدة سنوات وأصبحوا مؤخراً مقيمين بصفة دائمة. CLINIC قررت تسليط الضوء على قصتها بمناسبة عيد الأم 2019 ، في محاولة للاحتفال بالأمهات اللائي يقفن بجانب أسرهن ويطلبن حياة خالية من العنصرية والعنف القائم على النوع الاجتماعي.

Mother's Day 2019: Mariam

May 10, 2019
By Tania Guerrero

Mariam, a mother of two children, was born and raised in the Middle East. All three are survivors of domestic violence. They left their home country out of safety concerns, as the government had no adequate system to provide protection. Mariam and her children were granted asylum several years ago and recently became lawful permanent residents. CLINIC has decided to spotlight her story for Mother’s Day 2019, in an effort to celebrate mothers who stand by their families and seek a life free from discrimination and gender based violence.

Día de las Madres 2019: Elena

May 9, 2019
By Tania Guerrero

Elena es originaria de Honduras y mama de dos niñas y un niño. Llegó a los Estados Unidos hace aproximadamente 3 años con su hija de 14 meses. Elena es una de muchas madres alrededor del mundo que ha sacrificado todo por salvar su vida y la de su familia.  Vivir plenamente—sin golpes, amenazas y humillaciones—es un derecho universal. Elena busca un nuevo capítulo en Estados Unidos, libre de violencia.

Mother's Day 2019: Elena

May 9, 2019
By Tania Guerrero

Elena is originally from Honduras and is a mother of two girls and one boy. She arrived to the United States approximately 3 years ago with her then 14-month-old daughter. Elena made the difficult decision to leave Honduras after surviving several years of physical and psychological abuse from her husband. To live fully – without beatings, threats and humiliations – is a universal right. Elena has sought a new chapter in the United States, free of violence.

Fête des Mères 2019: Sita

May 7, 2019
By Tania Guerrero

Sita (pseudonyme) est mère de trois enfants. Elle a fui la persécution politique en Côte d’Ivoire et est récemment devenue citoyenne américaine après presqu’une décennie de difficulté. Le processus d’asile a pris plus de temps que prévu—une attente de quatre ans. Malgré cette difficulté, Sita n’a jamais cessé sa détermination de ramener de lapaix et de la stabilité à sa vie et à celles de ces enfants. 

Mother's Day 2019: Sita

May 7, 2019
By Tania Guerrero

Sita is a mother of three. She fled political persecution in Ivory Coast and recently became a U.S. citizen after nearly a decade of struggle. The asylum process took longer than she expected—a wait of more than 4 years. Despite hardship, Sita has never wavered in her commitment to bring stability and peace back into her life and that of her children.

One year at CLINIC’s BIA Pro Bono Appeals Project: Reflections on professional growth and working with vulnerable populations

Apr 30, 2019
Brenda Hernández

Since 2001, the BIA Pro Bono Appeals Project, an initiative within CLINIC’s Defending Vulnerable Populations department, has matched immigrants with pro bono counsel to defend their cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals, or BIA. The majority of appeals reaching the BIA involve orders of removal and applications for relief from removal. As a legal assistant for the project, I have multiple responsibilities: sending out consent forms, answering phone calls from detention centers, redacting briefs, drafting case summaries for the weekly newsletter, and assisting clients after they have obtained relief. There is one of my responsibilities, however, that has offered first-hand accounts on the conditions and needs of people in detention.

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