The Journey

We are four bilingual immigration attorneys based out of North Carolina.  During the week of October 18 to 25, 2014, we will travel to Artesia, New Mexico to provide pro bono legal services to women and children held in detention there.

As you may be aware, there has been an ongoing humanitarian crisis at the border. Thousands of Central American women and children came and have turned themselves in to federal authorities seeking asylum or other humanitarian protections under our current laws. To address this wave of immigrants, a detention facility was hastily put together in Artesia, NM, which is four hours from El Paso, TX and about an hour’s drive from Roswell. This facility is truly in the middle of nowhere and, whether by design or coincidence, its location is limiting the access these people have to counsel, reasonable bonds and due process. Without proper representation, statistically only 1 or 10 of them will succeed in the claims for relief or asylum -- to which they are entitled under current US laws.

We became immigration attorneys to be a voice for those on the margins of our society. Many of the people we represent are victims of rape, domestic violence, and human trafficking; and the women and children detained in Artesia are no different.  Thankfully we have the opportunity help them with our knowledge, experience, and time.  We are grateful for the support of all of our families, friends, and colleagues who contributed to making this pro bono voyage possible.  

Thank you for your interest in this project and please follow along by subscribing to our postsWe will be in the detention facility from 7 am to 7 pm daily, but will try our best to share our experiences as time permits.

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