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Board of Immigration Appeals Agency Recognition and Staff Accreditation (March 2014)

CLINIC congratulates the following agency and staff: Kyaw  Kyaw and Sue Phommaniraj-Lee, Catholic Charities of Onondaga County (Syracuse), NY, received partial BIA accreditation on 2/7/14. Colonias Development Council, Las Cruces, NM,  a CLINIC subscriber,  received agency recognition on 2/27/14 and partial accreditation for two staff on the same date: Elva Varela and Erika Contreras.

Luisa’s Story

After crossing the length of Mexico over ground to get to the border, “Luisa,” a 36 year old widow from the indigenous municipality of Tamazulápam de Espíritu Santo in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, and her 20 year old son “Pedro” attempted to cross into the United States by walking through the harsh and unpopulated desert near Nogales, Arizona. Unlike most unauthorized migrants who attempt to cross the U.S. – Mexico border, Luisa and Pedro did not contract the service of a guide.

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