With your help, we have provided almost 600 individuals & families from 32 countries with access to quality, affordable legal representation – 53 clients pro bono. We currently have 158 open cases – 6 of which are pro bono – and 15 trials scheduled for 2019.

We invite you to see how your support changes lives by learning more about our eligibility and process, recent victories, and the magnitude of the immigration crisis.

Recent Victories

  • The Clinic handled a trial for K.L.L. and K.L.L.’s small children. After fleeing their country due to horrific, life-long domestic violence, the client applied for asylum. After many hours of testimony, and opposition by DHS, the judge stated he was going to grant the client’s asylum status. This is a particularly important victory because former Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a precedent decision in June 2018, in which he attempted to curtail asylum grants based on domestic violence.
  • The Clinic represented J.M. and J.M’s children at trial on their asylum application. After waiting several months for a decision, the immigration judge granted them asylum. They have been saved from returning to certain death in Central America.
  • The Clinic represented L.P. at trial on L.P.’s cancellation of removal application. The DHS attorney argued that the client couldn’t prove the required 10 years of continuous presence in the U.S. Months later, however, DHS ultimately conceded that the client was eligible, and the judge granted the application. The client became a lawful permanent resident.
  • The Clinic represented L.A.V. on L.A.V.’s cancellation of removal application. Due to a limited number of visas available the judge was not able to issue a decision right away. The client subsequently recently received the immigration judge’s grant approving the green card.
  • The Clinic helped E.A., E.A.’s spouse, and E.A.’s stepchild file a U Visa application with the USCIS while they all faced removal from the United States. Working quickly, The Clinic was able to fend off deportation long enough for this family to be granted relief in the form of a U visa-a special visa granted to victims of crime who assist law enforcement.

Families Helped

Year Opened Closed Open
2012 129 95 34
2013 93 54 73
2014 76 13 136
2015 76 76 136
2016 82 50 168
2017 54 49 173
2018 33 54 152

 

The number of open immigration files at The Clinic is often impacted by the political climate and the growing backlog of open cases with immigration courts.  With recent numbers at over a million, individuals seeking relief in the immigration courts are facing prolonged court dates. These backlogged times cause individuals to delay their search for representation.  Donations, no matter how small or large, have helped to alleviate some of the struggles The Clinic has faced during these times. With few low fee/pro bono resources available to those facing deportation proceedings in Kansas City, keeping The Clinic open has never been so imperative.