National Immigrant Justice Center
Schiff Hardin attorneys and staff are very active on a pro bono and leadership basis in the National Immigrant Justice Center.
The Center ensures human rights protections and access to justice for
immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers through direct legal services,
policy reform, impact litigation and public education.
Since its founding, the Center has been unique in building on the
foundation of client representation to promote national systemic reform.
Some of the clients we have helped include:
- A Congolese man fleeing ethnic persecution in his home country
- A Columbian man fleeing political persecution in his home country
For more information on the National Immigrant Justice Center, visit their Web site: http://www.immigrantjustice.org/.
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR)
With the assistance of hundreds of pro bono attorneys, the
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights provides free legal assistance and
representation to individuals on civil legal matters. Attorneys in
Schiff Hardin's San Francisco office have worked in conjunction with the
LCCR on immigration matters.
Cases the LCCR referred to us included:
- A 24-year-old woman who fled Guatemala
after suffering years of brutal violence by her father, including rape.
Her father terrorized her because it was commonly believed in their
small village that he was not her biological father. We convinced the
Asylum Officer that the perception of our client’s disputed parentage
was an immutable characteristic beyond her power and formed a basis for
her persecution. Asylum was granted.
- A Liberian woman, fleeing from violence in her native country.
After a long period of preparation, our attorneys convinced the
immigration court to grant asylum, and got the Department of Homeland
Security to waive its right to appeal within 45 minutes.
For more information on the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, visit their Web site: http://www.lccr.com/.