See more photos on our Facebook page!​​

Attorneys Who Care: We Met Our Goal!

 We are excited to share that the annual Attorneys Who Care campaign was a success! Thanks to the San Diego legal community, we met our goal and raised a total of $15,208!

Our Volunteer Attorneys hosted fundraising activities at their firms, encouraging online donations among their peers. We are very grateful! The winners of this friendly competition were...

In First Place... Jones Day                                                                     

Client Stories: Successful Asylum & Petitions Granted

Marcelo’s Asylum: Granted

Marcelo*, a 19-year-old young man from a Central

American country, fled to the U.S. after facing threats

from MS-13 and Barrio 18 gangs, domestic violence and

sexual abuse. He traveled by foot, hitchhiked, took

several buses, and rode on the train also known as

“La Bestia”. Although he met some people along the

way, he mostly traveled alone, relying on the generosity

of others for food and water.

Read more here.

2017 Snapshot: The Impact of Our Work
Through our legal advice, representation, support and referrals, 2,441 vulnerable immigrants received timely and quality attention in 2017:

We are grateful to all of the firms who participated. Thank you for supporting justice with compassion for our clients!

​​Our Collective Strength: Together We Can and Will Continue With our Mission

Your donations are transformational.

Your contributions fund free quality legal services for victims of domestic violence, children in detention facilities and asylum-seekers suffering from ethnic, religious and socio-political persecution in their countries or origin.

Donate today and bring hope, dignity, and access to justice for persons in need.

For questions about making an outright gift or a planned gift to Casa Cornelia, contact Courtney Brown, Director of Philanthropy at or 619-231-7788 Ext. 324.

San Diego Rapid Response Network: Responding to Aggressive Deportation Tactics in the Community

As a response to the current Administration’s aggressive deportation tactics, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of San Diego and Imperial Counties launched the San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN)–an interconnected system of organizations and individuals working together to respond to dehumanizing immigration enforcement activities, including checkpoints, raids, and arrests in the County. Casa Cornelia is one of the various service providers of SDRRN, offering screenings and free legal services to people identified through and referred by the network. On April 24, I interviewed Elizabeth Camarena, Associate Director of Casa Cornelia, to ask for her thoughts in this time of crisis.

Rosa E. Mitsumasu Scotti

Read the interview here.

In First Runner-up... Best Best & Krieger

The legal work of Casa Cornelia cannot exist without the assistance of Volunteer Attorneys (VAs) and competent volunteer interpreters and translators (VITs). Our Pro Bono Program recruits, trains, assigns cases, mentors, and supervises VAs from the private bar. In 2017, over 400 individuals received assistance from VAs. The full time equivalency of their donated time was six full time attorneys. Similarly, the program recruits, trains and mentors VITs to assist our clients, including clients who speak indigenous languages. Altogether, contributions from 19,824 volunteers were valued at over $522,469.

Volunteer Interpreters & Translators (VIT) Appreciation Event

On April 19, Casa Cornelia hosted a small appreciation event for the Volunteer Interpreters and Translators (VITs) who supported us in 2017. Through their commitment & dedication in bridging the language gap, Casa Cornelia was able to respond to 2,441 victimized children, women and men who spoke over 50 languages from around the world.

Quality representation begins by hearing the client’s story in their own words--in their own language. This is where VITs make our mission a reality--by making genuine client-attorney communication possible. This event was but a small token of our appreciation. Thank you VITs for your commitment and support. We love our VITs!


Welcoming Casa Cornelia’s New Legal Staff

Annie Gorden, MA recently joined Casa Cornelia as

Litigation Legal Assistant. After traveling the world

with her family, Annie witnessed the direct and

permanent impacts of U.S. international policy on

people’s lives. Determined to help make a positive

change, Annie pursued higher education that would

help her obtain practical tools for peace and conflict

resolution. Originally from Redlands, CA, Annie plans

to attend law school in the future, continuing with her

life goals. She is currently preparing for the LSATs.

Good luck, Annie!

​Fernando Santos, Esq. is the most recent addition

to Casa Cornelia’s Legal Team. Inspired by civil rights

leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and by his

mother, who emigrated from Brazil when he was a

young boy, Fernando started his law career wanting

to protect people’s civil, human and constitutional

rights. Originally from Bella Horizonte, Brazil, and

raised in Cape Cod, MA, Fernando holds dear the

values of freedom, diversity and equality. As Staff

Attorney, Santos recently won his first litigation

case for an asylum seeker from Cameroon at the

United States Immigration Court in San Diego, CA.​​

Spring 2018


Casa Cornelia Celebrates its 25th Anniversary & La Mancha Awards

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 6 - 9 p.m.
* ​Shiley Theater * University of San Diego

​Keynote Speaker: Nicholas Kristof

Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer-Prize award winning Journalist and Op-Ed Columnist for The New York Times, has over two decades of experience reporting on human rights violations and social injustices around the world, including Sudan, Darfur, Israel-Palestine, Libya and Iraq.

Read the full story here.​​

Iconography Credits

“Baby” icon by Simon Sim from the Noun Project.
“Refugee” icon by Gan Khoon Lay from the Noun Project.
“Abuse” icon by Luis Prado from the Noun Project.
“Team” icon by b farias from the Noun Project.​​