N was persecuted in Honduras by an abusive ex-partner. Help N and her children seek refuge and...

  • Client Location: New York
  • Type of Relief: Asylum in Immigration Court

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Facts:  N is a 31-year-old woman from Honduras who fled to the U.S. with her two children to escape her abusive ex-partner, who is also her children's father. M and N started started dating about 11 years ago, and were together for 3 years and never married. During the relationship, M was verbally, physically and sexually abusive to N and her son. M used drugs and drank alcohol to excess. In 2011, he beat N and her son very badly, and she filed a complaint with the police. M and N ended their relationship after that, and 2-3 years after their separation, N cut off all contact with M and he left her alone. However, in 2016 he tried to initiate court proceedings to obtain custody of the children, and became angry and threatening when N fought to keep custody of her children. In 2018, a man claiming to be sent by her ex-partner showed up to her business and threatened N. She went to the police after this threat, and then fled the country. M has been asking about N in her town since she moved to the U.S., and she fears that M will harm her if she returns to Honduras. 

Legal Assessment:  N and her children are eligible for asylum, and filed a timely application in May 2019 with the help of Catholic Charities. N needs a dedicated pro bono advocate to litigate her asylum case in Immigration Court so that she can stay safely in the U.S. with her children.

N speaks Spanish.


  • Convention Against Torture (CAT)
  • Trial
  • Court hearing
  • Case Placement
  • Legal research and writing
  • Immigration court
  • Social Group
  • Withholding of Removal
  • Intermediate
  • Immigration Court
  • Client/witness interviewing
  • Beginner
  • Client advice and counseling
  • Estimated Time Commitment (Hours)
    • < 5
    • 5-10
    • 10-20
    • > 20
    • unknown
  • Mentor Available
  • Free Volunteer Training
  • Organization Provides Malpractice Insurance
  • Case Level / Appropriate For
  • Skills Developed
    Client advice and counseling
  • Venue where case will be heard
    Immigration Court (EOIR), USCIS, Orange County Family Court
  • Additional Volunteers Needed
    Other: Interpreter