June 3, 2014 – Two student-attorneys, Aimee Rider, JD '15, and Chris Gloria, JD '14, represented clients S-K and S-K at their affirmative asylum interviews and were successfully granted asylum. The clients are a married couple from Pakistan and were seeking asylum because of their future fear of persecution on account of their religion.
April 8, 2014 –Student-attorney, Sydney Barron, successfully represented client S-S at his I-130 interview, which established that S-S's marriage to his husband was legitimate. This was the Clinic’s first time representing a gay client at an I-130 interview since the Supreme Court decided the United States v. Windsor case in 2013 and determined that the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages.
March 11, 2014 – After approximately 10 years as a client of the Immigration Clinic, F-C was finally granted asylum by the Arlington Immigration Court. F-C was a victim of domestic violence in Guatemala and. F-C's case was originally denied and appealed to the BIA. However, clinic students successfully advocated for the case to be re-opened on the basis of recent changes in the law that dealt with domestic violence cases. Student-attorney, Sydney Barron, JD '14, represented F-C in court. F-C is now in the process of petitioning for her five children to be granted derivative asylum and join her in the United States.
February 19, 2014 – Clients D-C and her son R-C were granted asylum in the Arlington Immigration Court. Both D-C and R-C endured many years of abuse and stalking from the father of R-C until D-C was finally able to flee from El Salvador. D-C later returned to El Salvador and rescued her son R-C from the same abuse. Student-attorney, Kelly Rojas, JD ’14, represented both D-C and R-C in court.
January 28, 2014 – Client E-K was granted asylum after his initial February 2010 grant of asylum was appealed by the Department of Homeland Security. The Board of Immigration Appeals remanded the case back to immigration court and student-attorney, Victoria Braga, JD '14, successfully won asylum again for E-K, who had been persecuted in Cameroon due to his political opinion.
November 26, 2013 –Student-attorney, Jessica Leal, JD '14, successfully represented L-R in obtaining asylum in the Arlington Immigration Court. L-R is from El Salvador and fled her country after a gang leader kidnapped and sexually assaulted her.