This fall, Zulema realized she had an upcoming hearing scheduled in an immigration court over 1,000 miles away from where she lived. If she didn’t make it to court, she would likely receive an in absentia removal order – a deportation solely for being unable to attend a hearing, even though hers was on the other side of the country. Thankfully, Zulema reached out to the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) through our online community, and within days, we mobilized to help her file an emergency motion to move her case to a nearby court. The motion was granted, and a couple of weeks later, ASAP helped Zulema file her asylum application just days before her deadline to apply. Because of ASAP’s support, Zulema can now continue fighting her asylum case close to home and will soon have the opportunity to apply for a work permit.
Every asylum seeker deserves an opportunity to present their claims in court. That’s why, over the last few months, ASAP has provided rapid-response legal aid to help dozens of asylum seekers like Zulema file emergency motions to move their cases closer to home. Thankfully, these motions have been granted 100% of the time.
After working with ASAP, Zulema shared: “For people like me, the attorneys at ASAP have been like angels fallen from heaven to help asylum-seeking mothers. ASAP helped me so much.”