Munger, Tolles & Olson attorneys won several immigration cases in December working with pro bono clients.
Working with Human Rights First, Munger Tolles achieved its first victory with this organization when it secured an order withholding removal in immigration court for a 24-year-old Honduran transgender woman seeking refuge in the U.S. and facing deportation. As a result of the firm’s representation, the woman was released from jail and allowed to obtain work authorization and begin a new life in the United States The Munger Tolles attorneys involved in this case included Stuart N. Senator, Melinda E. LeMoine, Amelia L.B. Sargent and Ariel C. Green.
Continuing Munger Tolles’ success with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), the firm achieved back-to-back wins in three separate cases, allowing four young people fleeing from violence in their native countries to remain in the United States.
In the first case, Munger Tolles won asylum for two Guatemalan nationals, ages 14 and 16, who had been targeted by gang violence and extortion. The Munger Tolles team was led by Andrew G. Prout and Nicholas D. Fram and included guidance by Benjamin E. Friedman and Joshua Patashnik.
Munger Tolles achieved a second victory when it obtained a “U” visa – a form of relief available to foreign nationals who are the victims of serious crimes and provide substantial assistance to law enforcement – for an 18-year-old Mexican national brutally assaulted by Los Angeles gang members. The Munger Tolles team was led by Joshua Patashnik.
In the third case, Munger Tolles successfully obtained Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) relief for an 18-year-old Guatemalan national kidnapped by coyotes near the Texas/Mexico border, and held in a notorious “stash house.” The Munger Tolles team was led by Amy L. Greywitt.
These cases illustrate Munger Tolles’ longstanding commitment to providing pro bono legal assistance to underserved populations, as well as our ongoing advocacy for unaccompanied refugees and immigrant children.