Sara Clingan’s first pro bono case with KIND began in 2012 with a little boy from El Salvador. Now almost five years later Sarah has taken almost 10 cases. Sara is a Government Investigations Associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and has devoted her pro bono work to helping these vulnerable children. “Sara has really gone above and beyond—now having worked on close to 10 cases. She just took on a challenging new case and then realized that the girl had a sister who also needed help, so she has offered to help the sister as well,” says Christie Turner, KIND Supervising Attorney for Pro Bono Programs in Washington, DC.
KIND had a video chat with Sara to talk about her experience working with KIND and some of the amazing children she has been able to help gain status in the U.S., including Zia* and her older sister in their asylum proceedings.
As Sara explains, “It was clearly not safe for Zia to be deported to El Salvador; it would have been a death sentence. She clearly had a remedy to stay here in the United States but because she didn’t have a lawyer, she was very nearly deported.”
Watch the video interview below: