In a room full of refugees and asylum seekers, Blaise Masinga is reminded of the time when he was in their shoes. He had fled from South Africa to Minnesota, leaving behind his wife and two children. Pain, trauma, and uncertainty are still on the forefront of his mind when he thinks about that time. Similar to the journeys of many other asylum seekers, Blaise’s path to safety and reunification with his family was long, unpredictable, anxiety-filled, and lonesome.
As the United States transitions to a new administration, The Advocates for Human Rights looks forward to a renewed commitment to human rights in our domestic and foreign policy. Human rights standards provide a foundation to ensure that policy making is just, fair, and respects human dignity. Topping the list, we welcome the end of … Continue reading The Advocates Welcomes First Steps, Calls for Sustained Commitment to Human Rights
Mrs. A and her husband with Professor Steve Meili and other members of the U of M legal team in November 2019 “We are not afraid anymore.” states Mrs. A, a client at The Advocates for Human Rights, who along with her husband and two children, recently received an asylum grant after four long years … Continue reading Asylum Seeker Encourages Pro Bono Attorneys, “We Can Do It.”
Sarah Brenes with her mother, a nurse, on "Take Your Daughter to Work Day" This is my first Mother’s Day without my mama. I am reminded of her every day, as I follow the news about healthcare professionals on the frontline of caring for the sick and neighbors making masks. My mom was a nurse and … Continue reading This is No Ordinary Mother’s Day
A client of The Advocates For Human Rights reunited with her children after 7 years. During this time of coronavirus, we are bombarded with news of things going wrong, with too many stories of loved ones passing away alone, retirement savings lost, and doctors feeling overwhelmed without the resources they need. As immigration lawyers, we … Continue reading Volunteers Fight The Fight; Families Reunite
The passage of the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act ends nearly 30 years of "temporary" status for thousands of Liberians. Signed into law on December 20, 2019, LRIFA provides a singular ray of hope in an otherwise bleak immigration landscape. LRIFA means that many Liberians who have lived in limbo may now move forward toward permanent … Continue reading Understanding the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act