Supporting Asylum Seekers

​Students Provide Legal Assistance in Texas

Over spring break a group of VLS students volunteered with the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project in Texas to provide legal assistance to asylumseeking mothers and children being held at detention centers by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The students shared their volunteer experiences during a panel discussion in April. 

“The women and children are from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and they are all escaping extreme gang violence and domestic abuse,” says Cornelia Alvarez ’16. “We spent the week providing information on asylum law, preparing women for their credible-fear interviews with asylum officers, attending credible-fear interviews, representing women in bond hearings, and helping women appeal negative crediblefear decisions.” 

Alvarez volunteered at Dilley and Karnes, Texas, detention centers with Erin Jacobsen JD’11, a South Royalton Legal Clinic staff attorney who specializes in immigration and asylum cases, and fellow students Aisatou Diallo ’17, Helene Combes ’16, Natalie Donis ’17, Santiago Romero ’17, and Vivian Moreno-Zelinka ’16.​

For more information about CARA, including volunteering, visit caraprobono.org​.​

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