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16 June 2017

Preguntas Antes de Contratar a un Abogado de Inmigración

  originally published on juntousa.com on 4/14/2017 La ley de inmigración es un campo muy complejo. Cuando necesite ayuda en asuntos de inmigración, póngase en contacto con un abogado calificado y no con un notario, alguien que no tiene licencia para ejercer la abogacía. Se puede buscar un abogado de diferentes ... Read More

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16 June 2017

From Violence in Honduras to Detention in New Mexico to Asylum in Los Angeles

  Bringing to an end a three-year journey, Lorena (not her real name) was granted asylum in the Los Angeles immigration court on April 11. The immigration judge held that Lorena had a well-founded fear of persecution in Honduras as a woman unable to safely leave a violent relationship. Three ... Read More

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15 June 2017

SGG Empowers Immigrant Communities with Know-Your-Rights Presentations

On March 13, 2017, SGG Senior Attorney Helen A. Sklar joined other trainers, lawyers and activists at Ruben F. Salazar Park in East Los Angeles in spreading the message that everyone living in the United States, including people who are undocumented, have certain basic rights.  Ms. Sklar and representatives from ... Read More

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15 June 2017

SGG Litigation Team in Court of Appeals on Behalf of Detained Mentally Ill Immigrants

SGG attorneys Helen Sklar, Amy Lenhert, and Taiyyeba Skomra have taken over representation of two mentally ill immigrants who have been detained in immigration custody for more than three years.  The U.S. District Court case Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder requires that a qualified representative be provided to mentally ill immigrants who ... Read More

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23 May 2017

Helen Sklar Co-Leads Training Session for Volunteer First Responders for the RRRN

Helen A. Sklar

On May 18, 2017, Helen A. Sklar, Senior Counsel at SGG, co-led a training session for volunteer first responders for the Los Angeles Raids Rapid Response Network (RRRN). The rapid response team brings together private law firms, the ACLU and many community groups to ensure that individuals facing deportations have ... Read More

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19 May 2017

New Findings For Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse.

Originally published on May 18, 2017 at NNEDV.com On May 18, 2017, seven national organizations – including Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (APIGBV), ASISTA, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network, National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV), National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH), National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), and ... Read More

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11 May 2017

Immigrants’ Rights Supporters Take To The Streets In Los Angeles This Past Week.

SGG’s FRG Managing Partner Heather Poole and Family Detention Attorney Joyce Noche    

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4 May 2017

Preparing for the Worst in the Trump Era

Amy Lenhert

President Trump’s election has unfortunately ushered in a new sense of fear and dread among many immigrants and their families.  The President launched his campaign with decidedly anti-immigrant statements, and he appointed many immigration opponents to key positions, such as Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The administration announced new “enforcement priorities” ... Read More

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1 May 2017

DOJ Issues New Memorandum on the Enforcement of Immigration Law

Jennifer Lin

On April 11, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued a memorandum to all federal prosecutors entitled “Renewed Commitment to Immigration Enforcement.”  This memorandum called for increasing efforts to make certain categories of immigration offenses higher priorities for deportation.  Such offenses include alien smuggling, particularly cases that involve smuggling ... Read More

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1 May 2017

Removal Order Reversed & Asylum Granted to Gay Man Who Fled Torture in Cameroon

Heather Poole

In our continuous commitment to pro bono representation of those with the greatest need, SGG represented a detained immigrant in a hard-fought asylum battle who fled to the U.S. after being tortured in his home country of Cameroon by the police and targeted for harassment and violence by his neighbors ... Read More

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