After fighting to reverse her deportation order, our client Andrea shared this message: “I am happy and grateful for all the help I have received from ASAP. I am confident that this is the beginning of something great in my life, and for my family. I have always trusted in ASAP to do an excellent job. Every day, I go to the online community and look at the questions mothers are posting. Getting an answer from ASAP’s attorneys helps to orient mothers like me, and it makes us believe that there is hope.”
Andrea fled to the United States escaping death threats and hoping to find safety for herself and her son. However, after a long and dangerous journey across the border, Andrea only continued to face more hurdles. She was sexually assaulted at her first home and, due to her limited financial resources, was forced to travel across the country to find safety and stability. Andrea tried on numerous occasions to find legal assistance for her asylum case and understand how to change her address. Despite her diligent efforts, her first hearing in immigration court was scheduled at the court near her first address. She missed the hearing because she could not afford to travel across the country, and no one told her how to change her hearing to a closer court.
When Andrea missed her hearing, she was given an in absentia deportation order. When she learned she had been given a deportation order, she persisted in trying to find an attorney despite struggling with her mental and physical health in addition to having a high-risk pregnancy. Being deported back meant facing imminent death, and Andrea was determined to continue fighting for herself and her family. Finally, Andrea connected with the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) through our online community center. ASAP, in partnership with CLINIC, stepped in to provide her legal representation to file a motion to reopen.
As a result of ASAP and CLINIC’s rapid legal response, this month Andrea won her motion to reopen! Andrea’s win means she and her son will get their chance to fight their case in court, without fear of being deported in the meantime. ASAP is proud to continue fighting alongside these families to ensure they find the security and safety every family deserves.