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The New York Times , June 12, 2018

The New York Times, June 12, 2018

The New York Times: She Was Raped and Threatened With Death. Now She Has Lost Hope of Asylum.   

“It’s very sad news because there is tremendous societal violence in the Central American countries and the ravages of the civil wars have left society without any structures to protect people,” said Anne Pilsbury..."Women are especially vulnerable. We’ve basically told them, ‘Too bad.’”

The New York Daily News,  January 6, 2018

The New York Daily News, January 6, 2018

The New York Daily News: Hondurans live in limbo as over 200,000 Salvadorans await Trump's decision on Temporary Protected Status

Photograph by Carolyn Drake / Magnum for the  New Yorker , January 15, 2018

Photograph by Carolyn Drake / Magnum for the New Yorker, January 15, 2018

NPR,  June 14, 2017

NPR, June 14, 2017

NPR: N.Y. Immigration Courts Face 2-Year Delay After Judges Sent To The Border

"These days, people are waiting on average more than two years to have their cases heard in the city's immigration courts."

WNYC , March 23, 2017

WNYC, March 23, 2017

WNYC: Colombian Man's Swift Detention Worries Immigrant Advocates

"Vivares' case is unusual because he's the type of immigrant who would have previously been a low priority for deportation by former president Barack Obama's administration. Attorneys said his detention appears to mark the latest sign of President Donald Trump's crackdown on immigrants without legal status."

T.J. Kirkpatrick for the  New York Times , March 4, 2017

T.J. Kirkpatrick for the New York Times, March 4, 2017

The Huffington Post , November 4, 2016

The Huffington Post, November 4, 2016

The New York Times: Migrants Confront Judgment Day Over Old Deportation Orders

"In a significant break from his predecessor, Mr. Trump is directing immigration agents to go after virtually anyone who is in the United States illegally, ending the reprieve for people who had not been considered priorities."



HuffPostUnaccompanied Minors Flow Out of Central America Under Weak Border Enforcement

"Nearly 59,700 children and teenagers have been detained by U.S. immigration enforcement authorities between October 2015 and September 2016."

The New Yorker , August 9, 2016

The New Yorker, August 9, 2016

The New Yorker: Escape to New York

"Many Central American immigrants seeking legal help are fleeing organized crime in their own countries."

News 12: Brooklyn , December 29, 2015

News 12: Brooklyn, December 29, 2015


News 12: Washington Post: Deportation raids could start in January

"Hundreds of immigrant families who fled violence in Central America may be facing deportation in 2016."

NPR,  November 22, 2015

NPR, November 22, 2015

NPR: With Asylum Out of Reach, Some Minors Seek Out Special Visas

"Some unaccompanied minors who don't qualify for asylum can apply instead for a visa called Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, or SIJS."

The New York Times , December 7, 2014

The New York Times, December 7, 2014

The New York Times: Fleeing Violence in Honduras, a Teenage Boy Seeks Asylum in Brooklyn

"When father and son watched President Obama’s prime-time speech last month announcing an executive order to grant temporary legal status for up to five million immigrants, their reaction was mixed."

Rolling Stone , August 13, 2014

Rolling Stone, August 13, 2014

Rolling Stone: The GOP's Fake Border War

"How the far right has used the refugee crisis - and ignored suffering children - for short-term political gain"

CBS Evening News , July 9, 2014

CBS Evening News, July 9, 2014

CBS Evening News: An illegal immigrant's long journey through the legal system

"Danilo was released to a cousin in New York. He's seeking asylum and has been given a lawyer free of charge from the non-profit Central American Legal Assistance. "

The Atlantic , June 20, 2014

The Atlantic, June 20, 2014

The Atlantic: Fear Is Driving Young Men Across the U.S. Border

"Central American countries are losing a generation because of gangs."

WNYC, October 10, 2013

WNYC, October 10, 2013

WNYC: Shutdown Leaves Some Immigrants Worried About Their Future

"The Honduran immigrant had a hearing scheduled in immigration court last week and would have likely been approved for a green card. But the government shutdown led to court closure. "

New York Law Journal , August 1, 2013

New York Law Journal, August 1, 2013

New York Law Journal: Panel Affirms Immigrants' Fourth Amendment Rights

"In a powerful affirmation of the right of immigrants to be secure in their homes, a unanimous Second Circuit panel held Wednesday that a Fourth Amendment violation so egregious as to warrant suppression does not necessarily have to result from a physical threat or abuse."

Bedford and Bowery, July 26, 2013

Bedford and Bowery, July 26, 2013

Bedford + Bowery: Latinos in Immigration Limbo Had Better Get to This Church in the Next Few Days

"In the basement of Trans, as the South Williamsburg church is known, are the offices of Central American Legal Assistance, a place of refuge for this group of immigrants who are stuck in a sort of netherworld — one document away from illegal status."