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.
Our Impact in 2015
In 2015, 1,991 persons sought assistance from Casa Cornelia Law Center. Casa Cornelia responded to
561 asylum seekers fleeing persecution and torture
501 survivors of domestic violence and other serious crimes
61 survivors of human trafficking
866 unaccompanied children fleeing violence, abuse, abandonment, or neglect
by providing information, guidance, and/or representation.
Our Children’s Program remains our largest program by far, and is growing by leaps and bounds each year. In 2013, 478 children were served and in 2014, we provided legal services to 633 children.
In February, Pope Francis's visit to the U.S./Mexico border called global attention to the thousands of immigrants "expelled by poverty and violence" who take on "a journey laden with grave injustices: the enslaved, the imprisoned and extorted." At Casa Cornelia, we face these kinds of stories every day. Your support truly allows us to provide a path to hope beyond the "legal vacuum" Pope Francis discussed, that many might otherwise face. We are heartened by his reminder that while this crisis “can be measured in numbers and statistics, we want instead to measure with names, stories, families."
We cannot emphasize enough how much your ongoing support makes this work possible. Our donors, our Volunteer Attorneys, our Volunteer Interpreters and Translators, and all of our other volunteers have given us the strength to face each new challenge with creativity, passion, and hard work. Thank you!