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Full & Limited Post-MPP Asylum Representation: Merits Cases

Over 13,000 asylum seekers previously subject to the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as “MPP” or “Remain in Mexico, are now in the United States and need representation for their asylum cases. The Justice Campaign now seeks volunteer attorneys to represent these clients in their asylum claims (full representation), and/or help individuals prepare documents for pro se submission to the immigration court (limited representation).

For full representation, this opportunity involves meeting with the client (can be done remotely), preparing the application for relief, collecting supporting evidence, and conducting a hearing on the application for relief in immigration court (currently remote due to the pandemic in many courts).

For limited representation, this opportunity involves meeting with the client (can be done remotely), preparing the application for relief, working with them to prepare a declaration and country conditions research, and potentially other work like helping prepare a pro se Motion to Change Venue or Employment Authorization Document. This can be done fully remotely.

The Support We Provide
Your work will be supported by several innovated resources: (1) An in-house expert who will mentor you and a group of other attorneys with similarly situated cases; (2) An online library of resources and training materials including template briefs, examples, and detailed guides; (3) A hands-on guide to walk you step-by-step through local practices and procedures.

Individuals in Need of Representation

Mr. JMS (Full Representation)

Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Protection Under the Convention Against Torture
Location: Georgia (Atlanta Immigration Court)
Country of Origin: El Salvador
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing or Due Date: Pending

Mr. JMS is a man in his early-40s from El Salvador. Mr. JMS has been kidnapped, beaten, and threatened by armed members of two rival gangs as Mr. JMS is an ex-police officer. The government has failed to protect him. Mr. JMS left El Salvador for safety reasons and is now living in Georgia. He was previously in MPP and is seeking pro bono assistance with his asylum case.

Mr. EVL (Full Representation)

Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Protection Under the Convention Against Torture
Location: Florida (Orlando Immigration Court)
Country of Origin: Cuba
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing or Due Date: November 1, 2023 (Master Calendar Hearing)

Mr. EVL is a man in his 30s from Cuba. He identifies as gay, and was publicly humiliated for his sexuality and faced challenges in finding employment. His advocacy regarding his LGBTQ identity led to threats of being detained. Mr. EVL was formerly in Migrant Protection Protocols, and seeks assistance with his asylum matter. He is living in Tampa, and is venued out of the Orlando Immigration Court.

Ms. LFL (Full Representation)

Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Protection Under the Convention Against Torture
Location: Charlotte Immigration Court
Country of Origin: Honduras
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing or Due Date: March 30, 2023 (Master Calendar Hearing)

Ms. LFL is a woman in her 30s from Honduras. Her mother and brother were previously killed by gangs, and she and her children were constantly followed home from school and received threats. She believes she would be killed if she returned to Honduras. Ms. LFL was previously in Migrant Protection Protocols, and her case is venued out of the Charlotte Immigration Court. She is seeking pro bono assistance with her asylum case.

Ms. MPM (Full Representation)

Relief Sought: Motion to Reopen
Referring Partner Site: N/A
Location: Florida
Country of Origin: Cuba
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing or Due Date: N/A

Ms. MPM is a woman in her mid-20s from Cuba. She is seeking asylum because she and her family were targeted for political persecution after refusing to attend pro-government meetings. They were detained, beaten, and threatened, and the government shut down their family business. Ms. MPM got a different job, but was fired when she refused to give part of her earnings to the government. Ms. MPM was previously in the Migrant Protection Protocols, and she was ordered removed after she did not attend a court date because she was terrified the judge was going to send her back to Juarez, where she did not feel safe. She is now living in Florida, but her parents who fled Cuba with her are still in Mexico. She developed psoriasis as a result of the stress of being forced to live in Mexico in unsafe conditions for two years. Ms. MPM seeks pro bono representation for a motion to reopen her asylum case. For more information, please email us.

Mr. MYCV, Mr. AHC, and Ms. NHC (Full Representation)

Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Protection Under the Convention Against Torture
Referring Partner Site: N/A
Location: North Carolina (Charlotte Immigration Court)
Country of Origin: Guatemala
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing or Due Date: November 22, 2022 (Master Calendar Hearing)

Ms. MYCV, Mr. AHC, and Ms. NHC are seeking asylum due to the abuse Ms. MYCV experienced by her husband for three years in Guatemala. Ms. MYCV was also threatened by her husband to have her children taken from her should she go to the police. Ms. MYCV, Mr. AHC, and Ms. NHC were previously in the Migrant Protection Protocols and is currently living in North Carolina where their case is venued. Ms. MYCV, Mr. AHC, and Ms. NHC seek pro bono representation on their asylum claim. For more information, please email us.

Mr. JRM (Full Representation)

Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Protection Under the Convention Against Torture
Referring Partner Site: N/A
Location: Kentucky (Memphis Immigration Court)
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing or Due Date: May 3, 2023 (Master Calendar Hearing)

Mr. JRM is a man in his late 30s from Nicaragua. He is seeking asylum because he was targeted for political persecution due to his opposition to the Nicaraguan government. He was attacked and harassed by members of the ruling party and police officers, who continued to harass him after he moved to a different city, eventually causing him to lose his job. He was also arrested and interrogated, and his complaint to the Human Rights Commission was ignored. Mr. JRM was previously in the Migrant Protection Protocols and is now living in Kentucky; his case is venued out of Memphis. Mr. JRM seeks pro bono representation for his asylum claim. For more information, please email us.

Ms. JR (Full Representation)

Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Protection Under the Convention Against Torture
Referring Partner Site: N/A
Location: South Carolina (Immigration Court Unknown)
Country of Origin: Guatemala
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing or Due Date: Pending

Ms. JR is a woman in her 30s from Guatemala. Her husband was murdered by narco-traffickers, and she subsequently faced harassment from the people who killed him. She moved around within Guatemala but the harassment and stalking persisted. She was attacked once by armed men. Ms. JR left Guatemala for safety reasons, and is now living in South Carolina. She was previously in MPP, and is seeking pro bono assistance with her asylum case. For more information, please email us.

Mr. AESL (Full Representation)

Relief Sought: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Protection Under the Convention Against Torture
Referring Partner Site: N/A
Location: California (San Diego Immigration Court)
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Language: Spanish
Next Hearing or Due Date: March 15, 2023 (Master Calendar Hearing)

Mr. AESL is a man in his 30s from Nicaragua. He fled persecution in Nicaragua based on his political opinions and participation in political demonstrations. Mr. AESL is seeking pro bono assistance with his merits asylum case. For more information, please email us.

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