Asylum

Client of the Month- May 2022- Lady!
Client of the Month- May 2022- Lady!
Lady and her two boys! For our client of the month for May we have a perfect Client for Mother's Day! Here we celebrate a woman who did what mothers do best- protect her children...
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Azeb
Client of the Month- March 2022- Azeb!
Azeb and Dree Collopy We are happy to once again begin our client of the month series with a Dree Collopy victory! This month, we celebrate our client Azeb, who was granted asylum from Ethiopia...
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A First Look at the Biden/Harris Immigration Bill
Hours before he takes the oath of office, President-Elect Joe Biden released details of the immigration bill his administration will send to Congress.  The fact sheet distributed by his office reveals a bold bill that...
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New Rule on Asylum at Southern Border Violates Letter and Spirit of Asylum Law
New Rule on Asylum at Southern Border Violates Letter and Spirit of Asylum Law
The law as passed by Congress is very clear as to who may seek asylum in the United States.  Immigration & Nationality Act Section 208 states: Any alien who is physically present in the United...
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Sessions Guts Asylum Protections
Sessions Guts Asylum Protections
It’s another rough day to be an immigration attorney in America. Yesterday, a decision was issued that seriously undermines the ability of immigrants to seek asylum in this country. The administration is continuing its war...
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Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez and Roxsana Hernandez were killed by U.S. immigration authorities last month
Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez and Roxsana Hernandez were killed by U.S. immigration authorities last month
On May 4, 1970, U.S. National Guardsmen shot and killed four people protesting the Vietnam War.  The massacre, known as the Kent State shootings, topped a tumultuous decade that spurred a lot of violence against...
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What is the Caravan and what should U.S. immigration authorities do with it?
What is the Caravan and what should U.S. immigration authorities do with it?
We have heard a lot about the "Caravan" of immigrants making its way north through Mexico from the Northern Triangle- El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala- of Central America.  Once numbering over 1200 people, the remaining...
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Celebrating asylum in a country where it’s hard to come by
Celebrating asylum in a country where it’s hard to come by
[caption id="attachment_3105" align="alignright" width="200"] Attorney Sarah Pitney[/caption] It can be so hard to stay positive as an immigration attorney in times like these. Every day, we face new assaults from the president, the attorney general,...
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Client of the Month December 2017- Angie Salguero
Client of the Month December 2017- Angie Salguero
This month, we are pleased to honor Angie Salguero as our Client of the Month. Angie, a transgender woman from El Salvador, won her case for asylum last month in front of the immigration judge...
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August 2017 Client of the Month- Milan Stankovic
August 2017 Client of the Month- Milan Stankovic
This month we are thrilled to recognize Milan Stankovic as our client of the month.  After filing his I-589 asylum application and three evidentiary filings, several hours of grueling interviews, numerous status inquiries, and six...
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Intern Week: Sophie Macklem-Johnson “From Minnesota to Argentina.”
Intern Week: Sophie Macklem-Johnson “From Minnesota to Argentina.”
I'm Sophie Macklem-Johnson, and I am about to be a senior at Grinnell College (Dree's alma mater). I am majoring in History and Spanish, and have a concentration in Latin American Studies. I have been...
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Intern Week!  Jane Vukmer and Seventeen Trans Asylum Cases!
Intern Week! Jane Vukmer and Seventeen Trans Asylum Cases!
My name is Jane Vukmer, and I am a third-year student at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. This summer, I worked as the Trans Asylum Fellow for Benach Collopy and Whitman-Walker. The...
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Intern Week!  Christine Rains: How Christine Got Her Agency Back
Intern Week! Christine Rains: How Christine Got Her Agency Back
[caption id="attachment_2940" align="alignleft" width="419"] Christine Rains[/caption] Just a few short months ago I was studying abroad and living in Madrid, having never lived in the United States under the new Trump administration. Every night I...
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Intern Week! Lily Talks Iowa Politics
Intern Week! Lily Talks Iowa Politics
Immigration in Iowa: Countering Dominant Narratives by Lily Hamilton* *Lily Hamilton is an intern at Benach Collopy where she works on asylum issues, LGBT immigration issues, and the fine art of satisfying the Immigration Court...
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Remembering Elias Eljuri: A Client and a Friend
Remembering Elias Eljuri: A Client and a Friend
[caption id="attachment_2910" align="alignleft" width="258"] Elias E. Eljuri[/caption] There are moments in life when the true nature of something is revealed in the fog.  Sometimes, an object will only reveal itself slowly as the fog lifts. ...
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