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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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.