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Immigration Victory for the Third Sister!

Los Angeles Partner Mary McKelvey and Associates Danila Toscano and Ilana Zelener received another immigration victory this week in a case involving the third of three sisters who fled horrors and abuse in the Honduras.

The Polsinelli team has been working to obtain status in the United States for three sisters who came to the United States as unaccompanied minors in 2014. We were able to obtain a grant of asylum for two sisters in 2017.

While we have also applied for asylum for the third sister, her case has been pending now for several years.

In 2018, we obtained Special Immigrant Juvenile findings for the third sister in state probate court. In December 2018, we applied for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for her with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Her case was finally approved this week! This means that when an available visa becomes available for the third sister, we will be able to apply for legal permanent residency for her rather than facing deportation to the Honduras.

Having a clear path for her to become a resident, and eventually a citizen is a huge win for our client, her sisters, for the mission of ensuring a safe place for all children and for Polsinelli!

Polsinelli Los Angeles Partner
Mary McKelvey
Polsinelli Los Angeles Associate
Danila Toscano
Polsinelli Los Angeles Associate
Ilana Zelener

Polsinelli Wins Asylum For Child Immigrants With Big Dreams

Pro Bono Polsinelli Wins Asylum For Child Immigrants With Big Dreams After enduring years of physical and sexual abuse in Honduras, two teenage sisters with big dreams to help others in their new lives were recently granted asylum in the U.S., following three years of pro bono advocacy by a team of attorneys at Polsinelli. The team of attorneys, led by partner Mary McKelvey, say they worked for three years, gaining the girls’ trust, helping them tell their harrowing story to a court, and witnessing them glow with happiness and confidence after being granted asylum last July. The sisters have expressed [...]

April 30th, 2019|
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