Current Pro Bono Opprtunities:

If you would like to help one of the following individuals, please contact Christina Powers at [email protected] PIRC will work with you to provide interpreter and mentoring support. Thank you for taking the time to read their stories.

Mr. RE from Haiti

Mr. RE fled Haiti after his sister, a police officer, threatened to kill him to gain his inheritance.
 
Mr. RE is one of the founders of Alternative Chance, an advocacy program for deportees in Haiti.  In December of 2014, Mr. RE's sister, a high-ranking police officer, came to RE's home with several other officers with the intention of finding and killing RE.  She believes that if she kills RE, she will be able to claim his inheritance.  Fearing for his life, RE fled Haiti for Brazil.  While he stayed in Brazil, he was forced to work in slave like conditions, and suffered racism and discrimination.  RE then came to the United States and is seeking asylum. 
 
RE has already received assistance from law students in preparing his application, declaration, and some country conditions.  One of RE's colleagues at Alternative Chance is a prominent country conditions expert and will provide free assistance to the attorney that takes his case.
 
Language(s) Spoken: English
Detention Status: Detained at York County Prison
Next Hearing:
Merits hearing June 15, 1pm (Possible to file for a continuance)
Relief Sought: Asylum/ Withholding/Relief under the Convention of Torture
Assistance Needed Development of client's claim, country conditions research, and representation at a final asylum hearing                    
Anticipated Time Commitment: 20-40 hours

Ms. MA from Mexico

Ms. MA fears that her abusive husband will kill her if she is removed to Mexico.
 
Ms. MA came to the United States with her husband in 1995.  He physically, sexually, and emotionally abused her for several years, until she fled from him in 2001.  Since then, he has been deported to Mexico.  MA’s family reports that he visits them looking for her and has threatened to harm her if she returns to the country.  MA has family in the United States willing to testify about the abuse she suffered.  PIRC could try to find a psychologist to perform an evaluation to document MA’s trauma.
 
MA has received assistance form law students in preparing her asylum application.  One of those law students is eager to continue assisting in the case and is already doing research and drafting a legal brief.
 
Language(s) Spoken: Spanish
Detention Status: Detained at York County Prison
Next Hearing:
Merits hearing June 2nd, 1pm (Possible to file for a continuance)
Relief Sought:
Asylum/Withholding/Relief under the Convention Against Torture
Assistance Needed Development of client's claim, research in conjunction with law student, representation at a final asylum hearing      
Anticipated Time Commitment: 20-40 hours
 

Mr. MJG from Mexico

Mr. MJG is an HIV positive man who was the victim of a hate crime.
 
Six years ago, Mr. MJG was stabbed five times by two co-workers in New Brunswick, NJ who called him homophobic slurs.  His assailants were convicted and are serving sentences.  MJG’s mom has been receiving threats because of MJG’s role in the convictions, and MJG fears reprisal if he goes back to Mexico.
 
Mr. MJG has been identified by PIRC staff as being particularly vulnerable because of his HIV+ status and because he is illiterate.  He also is eligible for bond.

 

Language(s) Spoken: Spanish
Detention Status: Detained at York County Prison
Next Hearing:
2nd hearing, 4/17/17
Relief Sought:
Bond/U-Visa/ Asylum/Withholding/Relief under the Convention Against Torture
Assistance Needed
Assistance obtaining documents, development of client’s claims, representation before the Court and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services on the U visa.
Anticipated Time Commitment: 10 hours (for bond only)-60 hours (asylum + U visa claim)

Mr. MB from Guinea

Mr. MB was seriously injured by police after attending a political meeting.
 
Mr. MB is involved with an opposition political party in his home country of Guinea, and is also a member of an ethnic minority.  He attended a public meeting in August 2016 that was interrupted by police officers.  Mr. MB ran home to hide.  About   5 uniformed officers, associated with the governing political party and dominant ethnic group came to his house.  While he was hiding, they attempted to rape his sister.  He came out of hiding to intervene and they beat him resulting in serious injury to leg/foot.  They also threatened to kill him.
 
Language(s) Spoken: French and Pular
Detention Status: Detained at York County Prison
Next Hearing:
2nd hearing 4/24/2017 (likely to have a final hearing in late June or July)
Relief Sought:
Asylum; Withholding/ Relief under the Convention Against Torture
Assistance Needed Development of client's claim, research into country conditions, representation at a final asylum hearing                    
Anticipated Time Commitment: 40 hours

Mr. EMM from Cuba

Mr. EMM fears imprisonment or death because of his anti-communist political opinions.
Mr. EMM refused to work for the government in Cuba and also refused to sign a condolence book for Fidel Castro.  He was threatened by local authorities because of his political opinions.  Mr. EMM also suffered three years of imprisonment after trying to escape Cuba to avoid military service.  Mr. EMM has been found to have a credible fear of return by immigration, and needs help to present his case before the court.
 
Language(s) Spoken: Spanish
Detention Status: Detained at York County Prison
Next Hearing:
 
Criminal History: N/A
Relief Sought:
Asylum/Withholding/Relief under the Convention Against Torture
Assistance Needed
 Development of client's claim, research into country conditions, representation at a final hearing.
Anticipated Time Commitment: 40 hours