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. 

Casa Cornelia Responds to the Humanitarian Crisis of Unaccompanied Children

This year, the United States government has predicted that 90,000 unaccompanied children will enter the United States. In June, President Obama declared this migration of children a humanitarian crisis.  

Casa Cornelia Law Center has provided pro bono legal services to all unaccompanied children in San Diego County since 2001. Although the environment has changed radically, Casa Cornelia remains committed to assisting all unaccompanied children who are at risk in San Diego. At the same time, we are working closely with other agencies to assist children placed in the Emergency Reception Center at the Ventura County Naval Base near Oxnard, California.

We cannot help these children without you! Please join us in protecting these vulnerable children with a gift to our Children’s Program. A donation in any amount will help provide protection and access to their rights under the law. 

To learn more about the local impact of this humanitarian crisis, click here to read Roxana Popescu’s recent San Diego Union Tribune piece, Why Children are Migrating Alone, or here to listen to a recent episode of KPBS’ Midday Edition featuring Casa Cornelia’s Associate Director, Elizabeth Camarena (audio link below video at left). 

The Chance to Heal
None of the children remember the details of what happened that night. It was dark, there was loud banging at the door and they were frightened. There was shouting when the door crashed open and men with guns stormed into house. Rosario remembers someone saying, "Not the children," but it wasn't her mother, Cecilia. They were hustled together, thrown into a dark bedroom and the door was locked. There was more shouting, their mother crying, begging for her life. Then gunfire, lots of gunfire, then silence. Rosario's story is continued here.
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To Human Rights Victims, She's a 'Beacon of Hope', San Diego Union Tribune| October 11, 2013

Asylum Granted

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.