PROVIDING PRO BONO REPRESENTATION
The attorneys at Henson Pachuta & Kammerman, PLLC regularly volunteer their time to the most vulnerable members of the community. We typically coordinate with a local non profit that screens cases. There are two programs with which we currently volunteer our time. First, we represent indigent persons who are facing deportation cases screened by the Capital Area Immigrants Rights Coalition. Second, we work collaboratively with the Legal Aid Justice Center and the Fairfax Bar Association to spearhead and run a collaboration to provide pro bono representation to immigrant children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected by their guardian. In this capacity we both mentor other pro bono lawyers in the state portion of special immigrant juvenile cases, and handle the immigration portion of all cases in the program.
We believe it is vitally important to give back to the community. All three of our lawyers started their careers working in the public interest non profit and government roles before moving to private practice. We welcome suggestions for how we can give back to the community. If you think you have a program we would be interested in please feel free to contact us. Listed below are some examples of pro bono cases we have handled recently with any identifying information withheld for confidentiality.
EXAMPLES OF OUR PRO BONO WORK
The attorneys at Henson Pachuta & Kammerman, PLLC represented two sisters from El Salvador who traveled alone from Central America, through Mexico to the United States because they had no family members left in El Salvador who could care for them. After making the arduous journey they were detained at the US Mexico border and sent to live with family in Northern Virginia. With the help of our attorneys they have been allowed to stay in the United States and obtain their green cards. They are both excelling in school, and hope to one day serve the country that has given them the opportunity to have safety, freedom, and education.
The attorneys at Henson Pachuta & Kammerman, PLLC work closely with the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition to provide pro bono representation to detained non citizens facing deportation. This past year, we worked to secure the release of two Lawful Permanent Residents (green card holders) detained in Farmville, Virginia who were placed in removal proceedings due to criminal convictions. In both cases, the immigration judge granted waivers based on hardship that our clients' family members would suffer upon separation from their loved ones. Both are now applying for citizenship.
The attorneys at Henson Pachuta & Kammerman, PLLC represented a victim of severe human trafficking. When we first met Y.M., she was detained by ICE and held in the medical unit due to suicide attempts. Y.M. reported that she had been forced into prostitution by a man who claimed he was hiring her for a house cleaning job. Instead, he gathered information about her parents and young children, then threatened to kill them if she refused or ran away. Our attorneys successfully obtained bond from the immigration judge and put her in touch with various social services while we got to work on the legal aspects of her case. Ultimately, Y.M. and her two children were granted T Visas for victims of human trafficking, and are living safely together in the United States.
Our pro bono client I.C. was brought to the United States as a small child by his parents. His father subsequently abandoned the family. Later, I.C. and his brother were removed from their mother's home due to neglect and abuse. The boys were missing school and often left alone in their apartment overnight. Their mother was verbally and physically abusive, including slapping I.C. and beating him with an electrical cord. I.C. was placed in foster care but he had no legal status. The attorneys of Henson Pachuta & Kammerman, PLLC represented I.C. in his petition for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Today, he has a green card and is thriving in school. He and his brother are very close and look forward to attending college and becoming United States citizens.