March 3, 2017
As many undocumented parents of children born in the United States worry about the well-being of their children if they are deported, our Exectutive Director Carmen Chavez advised prepardeness and open discussion amongst families facing this uncertainty. "Studies done by the Migration Policy Institute, estimate there are 5 million children under the age of 18, living with at least one undocumented parent. Seventy-nine percent of those children are U.S. Citizens." Please click here for the full article and video.
December 15, 2016
Casa Cornelia is proud to share a recent KPBS Interview with Dilkhwaz Ahmed. Dilkhwaz, who fled her native Iraq after suffering political persecution because she was a women's rights activist, later became an asylum client at Casa Cornelia and was granted asylum. Since then, Dilkhwaz founded her own non-profit organization serving survivors of domestic violence, License to Freedom. Dilkhwaz also travels back to Iraq to offer counseling and support to Yazidi women and girls who have escaped sex trafficking and other forms of abuse perpetrated by ISIS. We encourage you to watch a recent KPBS video about Dilkhwaz's unbelievable work here.
At Casa Cornelia, the ripple effect that humanitarian legal protection causes in the lives of our former clients astounds us. It is our privilege to be a small part in Dilkhwaz's incredible story and to help her further her amazing commitment to women and girls. Thank you, Dilkhwaz, for your passion and leadership.
June 10, 2016
We are grateful that our Executive Director Carmen Chavez's commitment to "Justice with Compassion" for immigrants fleeing persecution and abuse was highlighted in San Diego's La Prensa. The article not only touches on the importance of her daily work but also reflects on her early conviction to dedicate her career to public service which endures to this day. Please click here for the article.
December 22, 2015
As the numbers of unaccompanied children fleeing violence in Central America rose, our Executive Director Carmen Chavez was called upon to speak about this issue at a national level. Carmen was featured in both the Washington Post and on the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC, sharing the point of view of the young children we serve. On MSNBC, Carmen shared two stories of teenagers, Teresa and Antonio, who could not escape the grip of gang violence in their home countries and fled to the U.S. to safety. In the Washington Post article, Carmen reminds readers about the particular vulnerability of these children. Please click here for the article.
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