Casa Cornelia Law Center is a public interest law firm providing quality pro bono legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations. The Center has a primary commitment to the indigent within the immigrant community in southern California. Casa Cornelia strives to educate others regarding the impact of immigration law and policy on society and the public good.
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California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Issues Consumer Alert on Scams Targeting Immigrants and their Families | November 25, 2014
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris issued a consumer alert to Californians about possible scams targeting immigrants and their families. Major changes to United States immigration policy, like those contained in President Barack Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions announced on November 20, 2014, often lead to con artists emerging to prey on vulnerable consumers seeking help with immigration services. Read more HERE.
La procuradora general Kamala D. Harris presentó una alerta a los consumidores californianos sobre posibles estafas dirigidas a los inmigrantes y sus familias. Los cambios importantes en la política de inmigración de los Estados Unidos, como los que contienen las Acciones Ejecutivas por la Responsabilidad de la Inmigración (Immigration Accountability Executive Actions) del presidente Obama, anunciadas el 20 de noviembre de 2014, con frecuencia llevan a los estafadores a cazar consumidores vulnerables que buscan ayuda con los servicios de inmigración. Read more HERE.
7th Annual La Mancha Awards
Thanks to everyone who helped make this year's La Mancha Awards the most successful ever.
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Never Turn Back:
One Woman’s Journey to Safety
In early 2014, attorney Tom Laube, Partner at Sandler, Lasry, Laube, Byer & Valdez LLP, graciously accepted Mariam’s* asylum case through Casa Cornelia Law Center and zealously advocated for her. Mariam’s quest for asylum began in Ethiopia. Mariam was divorced with four small children at the age of twenty-one, but that was neither the least of her sorrows, nor her earliest pain. When she was only five years old, her body was forcibly mutilated. A village elder performed the circumcision that left her ill, made intimacy with her husband excruciating, and turned each child's birth into a near-death experience. Mariam’s story, and the outstanding legal work of Tom Laube, can be read here in its entirety.
Kamil was seven years old when the war broke out in Somalia in 1991. The violence was pervasive. One evening, Kamil watched as his father slipped out of the home to gather food and supplies at the family store. It was the last time Kamil would see his father alive. Learn about Kamil's journey to freedom here.