NIJC is looking for Houston lawyers to help with two cases, they cannot place (and we cannot place for capacity reasons). If you can take one of these matters, please contact Ellen Miller ([email protected]).
M. is a young woman from Nicaragua. Her next Master Calendar hearing is on July 11, 2019. M. speaks Spanish and she is currently detained at the Montgomery Processing Center, about an hour from Houston.
M. entered the United States as an unaccompanied child, but was subsequently transferred to ICE custody on her 18th birthday. She fled Nicaragua because she fears harm from the Nicaraguan government, which targeted M. and her family because of her older sister’s involvement in anti-government student groups. After her sister fled the area, government officials approached M. several times, asking about her sister’s whereabouts. During one of the incidents, government officials forcibly searched M., pushed her, and roughly grabbed her arm. The same officials found M’s sister at her new location and interrogated her and her partner about their anti-government activities. Fearing for her life, M.’s sister fled Nicaragua shortly after this incident, and M. followed a few weeks later. M. is scheduled for a detained master calendar hearing on July 11, 2019. M. should file her I-589 application at that hearing. Her asylum merits hearing has not yet been scheduled, but will likely take place a few weeks after she files her I-589 application.
A. is a young woman from Honduras. Her asylum merits hearing is currently scheduled for June 21, 2019. A. would like to request bond at that hearing and only proceed with her asylum hearing if her request for bond is denied. A. speaks Spanish and she is currently detained at the Montgomery Processing Center, about an hour from Houston.
A entered the United States as an unaccompanied child, but was subsequently transferred to ICE custody on her 18th birthday. A.’s mother died of cancer in 2016 and her father subsequently abandoned her, leaving her in the care of her older sister. Eventually, A.’s sister came to the United States and A. had no one to care for her. She began renting a room on her own in a house near her school. When her landlord discovered she was a teenager living alone, he began sexually harassing her and offering her money in exchange for sex. A. declined the man’s advances, but he continued to stalk and harass her. When A. threatened to report him to the police, the man said she would pay because he had friends on the police force. Afraid for her life, A. left the house and moved to a different part of Honduras. Even though she changed her phone number, the man called her at her new number and told her he knew where she was living and what school she attended. Soon after, A. saw the man waiting outside her new school. Terrified that the man would kidnap and rape her, A. fled to the United States a few days later. A. is scheduled for her asylum merits hearing on June 21, 2019. She would like to request a bond at that hearing and only move forward with her asylum hearing if the judge denies her request for bond. A.’s attorney can choose to represent her in bond, asylum, or both matters.
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