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Q: Why did you join Tahirih's Pro Bono Network?
A: I am of West African descent and come from a family of immigrants. As a result, immigration issues have always been of utmost importance to me.
Q: Share a highlight from a pro bono case with Tahirih.
A: I have been representing a woman from Mali who is petitioning for adjustment of status under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The client and her two children suffered extensive domestic abuse at the hand of her husband, who then abandoned them and left them to fend for themselves. I worked hard to gain the client’s trust and obtain the details of the abuse and the circumstances of her case, which was very difficult for her to relay. After drafting a detailed declaration to USCIS with supporting medical records, police reports, and other documentation, I submitted the VAWA self-petition to USCIS along with a petition for adjustment of status and request for employment authorization. Within a few weeks after our submission, USCIS made a prima facie determination of the client’s eligibility and granted her request for employment authorization. A final determination on the VAWA self-petition and petition for adjustment of status is still pending, but I am hopeful that we will get good news from USCIS soon.
Q: How has your Pro Bono service impacted you?
A: My pro bono service has been extremely rewarding. It has been great getting to know my clients and earning their trust, but it is particularly fulfilling to see my hard work actually make a significant difference in their lives.

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meet more pro bono partners


  • Melanie Rosin
    Associate Attorney
    Kirkland & Ellis LLP
    My pro bono service has reminded me that there are a lot of people out there who desperately need the help of attorneys like myself.
  • Hanna Chouest
    Associate
    Sidley Austin LLP
    While I have worked on a number of different pro bono projects, working with my client at Tahirih has been the most rewarding by far.
  • Bryan Nese
    Associate
    Mayer Brown LLP
    Working on pro bono cases has shown me how important it is for lawyers to donate their time – even just a little bit – to helping other.