Teen abused and abandoned by his mother and then targeted by gangs 

Aden* is a 17-year old boy who fled Honduras in fear for his life.  Abused and ultimately abandoned by his mother, Aden went to work to raise money that would enable him to survive and attend school.  When Aden was later able to live with his father, the local gangs began to extort and bribe them, threatening to kill Aden.  Aden's father, unable to pay the gangs, sought help from the police.  When it became clear that there would be no intervention Aden fled to the United States.  Aden is eligible for asylum and SIJS.    

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Aden's has survived abuse most of his life.  When still a very young child, his mother brutally abused him, physically and verbally.  Aden still bears the scars of the whippings she administered when he was less a small kid.  Aden's mother completely abandoned him when he was 7-years old.  

Aden worked the fields with a machete in order to support himself and raise sufficient funds to pay school tuition.  Years later, finding refuge with his father in a separate home, the gangs then began threatening Aden, demanding money from his father as the price of leaving Aden alive and unharmed.   

Aden and his father knew that the demands and threats to Aden's life were real: When Aden's grandfather worked as a guard for his community,  the local gangs cut off his hands - and then killed him.   Aden fled to safety in the United States. 

Adan is eligible for SIJS due to abandonment by his mother and fear of returning to his home country. SIJS is available to unaccompanied immigrant children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned, who cannot be reunified with one or both parents, and for whom returning to their home country is not in their best interest. SIJS requires three approvals, one from a state family court and two from USCIS.

He is also eligible for asylum and the pro bono team will want to file for both forms of relief.

Aden speaks Spanish.   

For more information about this case, please contact Pro Bono Director Attorney Michael Lukens at 202-870-5962 or michael@caircoalition.org


*Pseudonyms are used to protect privacy.