Why did you take a KIND case?
I took my first KIND case one month after I began working at Foley Hoag. My strong interest in immigration law is what drove me to attend law school, and I was deeply involved in immigration courses, clinical work, and academic research during my time in law school. My firm encouraged us, particularly as new attorneys, to take on pro bono matters and we had (and continue to have) a strong relationship with KIND. So I jumped at the opportunity to take on a Special Immigration Juvenile Status (SIJS) case with guidance from KIND.
What have you learned from this experience or from your clients?
I have been amazed by how resilient, patient, and hardworking my SIJS clients from KIND have been. They endured awful circumstances in the countries in which they were born, and then, as children, completed a perilous journey to the United States, where they didn’t exactly receive a warm welcome. They were placed in detention and began their long journey through our labyrinthine immigration system. Through it all, they have worked extremely hard and have built lives basically from scratch in a new country, while showing endless gratitude and stoicism throughout their years-long journeys to lawful permanent status.