Asylum Seeker Encourages Pro Bono Attorneys, “We Can Do It.”

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.”

This is No Ordinary Mother’s Day

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

Volunteers Fight The Fight; Families Reunite

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

Understanding the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act

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

New Help for Volunteer Attorneys Representing Domestic Violence Survivors

Imagine you suffered years of near daily physical, sexual, and psychological abuse from your husband in silence, knowing that every time you tried to escape, he found you and beat you worse for attempting to leave him. Imagine he told you that you were his property and your role as his wife was to serve … Continue reading New Help for Volunteer Attorneys Representing Domestic Violence Survivors

Proposed Regulation Seeks to Remove Adjudication Deadline, Threatens to Leave Asylum Seekers Without Work Authorization Indefinitely

Asylum seekers in the United States may not work without authorization from federal immigration authorities. Proposed regulations threaten to leave asylum seekers without employment authorization indefinitely which they await decisions on their asylum applications. Federal law prohibits asylum applicants from receiving employment authorization unless their applications have been pending at least 180 days. 8 U.S.C. … Continue reading Proposed Regulation Seeks to Remove Adjudication Deadline, Threatens to Leave Asylum Seekers Without Work Authorization Indefinitely