Several Arent Fox attorneys are involved with immigration pro bono cases, assisting clients facing dire immigration consequences and needing zealous legal advocacy.
In one case, Arent Fox represents the mother of two teenage girls who fled Honduras after facing threats of violence from local gang members. Their abusive father abandoned them years earlier and their mother lived in the DC area, where she worked to assist them financially from abroad. With nowhere to turn, the teens trekked from Honduras to the United States on their own to reunite with their mother, but were detained at the border by Customs and Border Patrol. Having overcome complicated procedural hurdles over the past year, Arent Fox continues to pursue an order granting our client sole custody of the two girls, as well as Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for the girls so that they can remain in the United States with their mother and eventually apply for a green card.
Arent Fox also defended a 20-year-old LGBT individual and domestic abuse survivor in removal proceedings. The client crossed the Texas border illegally in August 2014 after traveling from her home in El Salvador and spending four months kidnapped in Mexico. She fled to escape the longtime abuse and threats to her life by her children’s father, who also brutally murdered her girlfriend. As a result of the evidence submitted by Arent Fox, which vividly demonstrated her past persecution due to her identity as a lesbian and fear of future persecution, the Department of Homeland Security did not oppose a grant of asylum and the judge entered the order immediately. The client was released and is excited to start living in safety in the United States.
Another client, an unaccompanied undocumented minor from Honduras, suffered significant abuse and neglect from her parents and had no other family members who were able to provide care in her home country. She traveled through Guatemala and Mexico to get to the United States alone at the age of 15 to escape the abuse as well as a gang whose members victimized her. She spent over two years in immigration detention in various facilities throughout the United States before finally being released after an Arent Fox team worked for months to secure legal immigration status.