LACLJ is committed to providing high quality and free legal services to immigrants who have suffered significant violence and trauma. On March 21st, LACLJ stood with other attorneys and community partners to protest the lack of free legal representation for immigrants facing deportation.
Last month, the United States Supreme Court announced that it would review the Texas initiated lawsuit challenging President Obama's executive immigration initiatives.
Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed the SB 674 bill into law, which requires police to certify immigrant crime victims' U Visa applications.
Last month, LACLJ Senior Immigration Attorney Michelle Carey was invited by CA Senate President Pro Tempore, Kevin De Leon's Office to testify as a subject matter expert on SB 674, a U Visa-related bill which mandates California law enforcement agencies to review and sign U Visa certificates on behalf of undocumented crime survivors.
LACLJ recently helped Melanie* and her children after nearly a decade of not seeing each other. Facing violent threats to her family's safety, Melanie traveled alone to the United States from Central America nearly 10 years ago. In the United States, Melanie began dating and living with a man who eventually began to severely abuse her, even while she was pregnant with their child.