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Q: Why did you join Tahirih's Pro Bono Network?
A: I grew up in Florida watching my mother help women and children, first with after-school programs, then as an officer in the Salvation Army, and finally as the Executive Director of a rape and abuse crisis center. In law school, I witnessed firsthand the compassion and talent of Tahirih's Anne Chandler as she oversaw the work of UHLC's immigration clinic. As humans, we can really treat each other awful sometimes – the opportunity to undue or overcome even just a bit of that while working with such compassionate, talented, genuine people could not be discarded.
Q: Share a highlight from a pro bono case with Tahirih.
A: What people can persevere through never ceases to amaze me. I get to work with the sweetest mother, who despite everything she has suffered, including being moved from shelter to shelter with two disabled children under 4 years of age, remains the most joyful, hopeful ray of light in my week. I also have the privilege of watching another young girl escape horrible atrocities by family to grow into the most delightful young woman with a new grip on life and her promising future. I have nothing to do with whatever inside them makes them the strong people they are, but I am so proud of them and so honored to get to be a part of their amazing story.
Q: How has your pro bono service impacted you?
A: First and foremost, perspective. It can be easy to carve out a life in the Houston metroplex that is a relatively sheltered, privileged existence, with “#firstworldproblems.” Being unaware of what people are going through around us obviously does nothing to serve those around us, but more importantly, it does nothing to serve ourselves, our kids, our future, our nation, our world, and our purpose and existence on this planet. For me, that is the primary takeaway: I have been placed into a particular place and time and provided certain opportunities and talents – to not connect the two is a disservice to myself and my community.

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meet more pro bono partners

  • Caroline Stewart
    Litigation Associate
    Vinson & Elkins LLP
    My pro bono work has opened my eyes to the dire need for attorneys to assist in immigration proceedings.
  • Chelsea E. O’Sullivan
    Associate Attorney
    Venable LLP
    It has been incredibly rewarding to see my client gain confidence in herself. I am her lawyer, but she is also her own advocate.
  • Maria Segarra
    Immigration Attorney
    Law Office of Maria Segarra
    My life is fuller and more meaningful because of my Tahirih clients.