Maria de Gador Manzano-Guillen, an attorney with the Inter-American Development Bank, served as pro bono co-counsel, along with CAIR Coalition's Legal Director, Liz McGrail, in the case of Mr. AR, a native of Honduras who immigrated to the United States in 1982 at the age of 14. Mr. AR faced deportation to a country he left over two decades ago because of minor drug use. Despite being stricken with polio at the age of eight months which left him physically weak with a pronounced limp, Mr.
On Wednesday, June 17, CAIR Coalition will hold a Tenth Anniversary Party to celebrate a decade of working to ensure that all immigrants are treated with fairness, dignity and respect for their human and civil rights and to help raise funds for CAIR Coalition's programs. The party will take place from 6-8 p.m. at Busboys & Poets 2021 14th St. NW (the corner of 14th & V) in Washington, DC. Ten former volunteers and legal interns who have made a significant impact during their time with CAIR Coalition will be honored at the event.
Bradley Jenkins has served as a legal assistant with CAIR Coalition for the last two years under the auspices of the Mennonite Voluntary Service program. As a newly minted BIA Accredited Representative, Brad recently represented his first client before the Immigration Court. Brad successfully argued that the client, a 19 year old native of Pakistan, should be granted deferral of removal to both Pakistan and Iraq under the guidelines of the United Nations Convention Against Torture (CAT).
“According to me everybody from CAIR Coalition is doing an amazing job. And I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who are working to get us out of this situation. [Y]our support is greatly appreciated since I have been incarcerated in June 2008 at Piedmont [Regional Jail], Riverside Regional jail and Hampton Roads Regional Jail you girls (guys) are the only non-profit organization that is trying to help … me out…. Thanks again for everything that you are doing...”
“I am writing to thank you for your help, especially for being with me in court…It’s three in the morning and I can’t sleep because I still can’t believe that I’m at home with my children. I can’t find the words to tell you how grateful I am for your help.”
(Released after six months in immigration detention)
CAIR Coalition has joined the national campaign to Reform Immigration for America. In the last six months hundreds of faith, labor, community and business organizations have been working together locally, regionally and nationally to organize a campaign to win comprehensive immigration reform.
As the Administration and Congress prepares to begin debating immigration reform, the campaign urges that the following principals guide our policymakers:
Immigration Reform Must Promote Economic Opportunity
The Practice Manual for Attorneys Representing Detained Immigrants with Mental Health Issues is a joint project of CAIR Coalition and pro bono partner Cooley Godward Kronish. The manual is designed to help attorneys represent immigrants who have mental health issues throughout the immigration detention and removal (deportation) process.
MVS collaboration aids detained man - Thursday, June 19, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mennonite Mission Network) - For Washington, D.C., Mennonite Voluntary Service workers Bradley Jenkins and Rebecca Drooger, a dinnertime conversation turned into a dynamic collaboration of compassion.
Jenkins and Drooger worked to connect their nonprofits, the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition and Christ House, to provide one detained immigrant appropriate medical care and dignity.