Helping Victims of Violence
Attorneys with Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (AAAJ-LA) helped Daniel have his removal order terminated by an immigration judge. Daniel who was the victim of a violent shooting that left him paralyzed from the waist down, is an exemplary member of his community. He turned his negative circumstance into an inspirational one by volunteering his time at a local rehabilitation center and teaching Cal State Los Angeles’ medical students about living with a disability.
With LAJF funds, the AAAJ-LA team worked on the motion to reopen his case and the motion to terminate his removal. In his motion to terminate, the judge mentioned that the letters of support Daniel had received demonstrated “his character, volunteerism, and commendable civic spirit.”
Supporting Heads of Households
Juan has called Los Angeles County home for the last three decades. It was a shock to he and his family, many of whom are US citizens, when he was unexpectedly arrested by ICE officers. He was leaving for his job at the San Fernando Swap Meet, where he has worked for the last 20 years, when officers falsely accused Juan of having stolen vehicles on his property.
At his initial immigration court hearing, attorneys with Immigrant Defenders were able to help Juan to demonstrate the unreliability of the claims. The immigration judge agreed, and Juan was released on bond at his first hearing. Without a lawyer, it would have been impossible for Juan to demonstrate that the accusations made by the arresting ICE officers were unfounded. Juan is now home with his family as he continues to fight his case.
Taking Care of Unaccompanied Children
Ira is a three-year-old girl from El Salvador who fled her home country with her uncle and grandmother due to threats against their family after Ira’s uncle agreed to testify against members of a local gang in court. Despite being placed under witness protection, the gang found out where the family was living and placed a gun to Ira’s grandmother’s head while she held Ira in her arms. The attack forced Ira and her family to make the difficult journey to the U.S., where they are now seeking asylum and protection.
After arriving in the U.S., Ira was placed with a foster family that did not properly care for her. She had to be hospitalized for skin rashes and diseases. Once out of custody and finally released to her family, Ira was treated properly and is now in a better home than before. Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) are working to find a volunteer attorney to represent Ira in her immigration case so that the young girl may remain with her family.