Immigration Law Clinic Sample Cases
Two clients the students are representing this year, Anastasia and John*, are representative of the types of cases handled by the Immigration Law Clinic.
Anastasia fled Moldova after enduring years of severe physical, sexual, and psychological abuse at the hands of her now ex-husband. Once, Anastasia’s husband became so enraged with her, he broke a guitar over her head, leaving her with a concussion and scars on her head and face. Anastasia and her neighbors called police, who either failed to respond to the calls for help, or, when they did respond, refused to arrest Anastasia’s ex-husband because domestic violence is not a crime in Moldova. Once in the U.S., an unscrupulous lawyer did a poor job of preparing Anastasia’s asylum application, and the Immigration Service did not approve it, but, rather, initiated removal (deportation) proceedings against her. Students from the Immigration Law Clinic successfully represented Anastasia in renewing her application for asylum before the Immigration Judge.
John, who is 47 years old, entered the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident (or “green card” holder) from his native Jamaica when he was 14 years old. He served in the U.S. Army in the 1970s, and obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington. In 1991, John was convicted of possession of a small amount of marijuana. He now faces deportation because of his conviction. John is a single father of five U.S. citizen children. His oldest, a son, suffers from autism and requires his father’s full-time attention. The mother of John’s children is not involved in their lives, and would be unable to care for the children if John is deported. Students from the Immigration Law Clinic are representing John in seeking a waiver of his deportation before the Immigration Judge. Because of his numerous equities, John has a high likelihood of prevailing.
*Names have been changed to protect clients’ privacy.