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Political Asylum Secured by BSF for Threatened Youths

Pro Bono Highlights

Firm Newsletter Spring 2011

Rosanne Baxter

After its fourth consecutive win in early January 2011, BSF’s pro bono immigration initiative – in which attorneys assist undocumented children with claims for asylum or similar remedies – has the unique distinction of obtaining favorable results for all of its young clients.

The BSF team worked in partnership with KIND [Kids in Need of Defense] to protect two young men who had been threatened with death by the notorious South American gangs. Both were granted political asylum. 

In addition, a young girl who had been beaten by her father because she wanted to pursue an education was granted the right to remain in the United States legally; and a fourth client, who faced removal proceedings, was granted the right to leave voluntarily, which safeguards the right to return legally in the future.  

The KIND pro bono team is supervised by BSF partner Helen Maher with assistance from counsel Rosanne Baxter.

“BSF has demonstrated great success as a pro bono partner, winning relief for all of its child clients, and as a result, changing their lives. This success is due to the talent, dedication, and compassion of BSF’s lawyers and their strong commitment to unaccompanied children in the U.S.,” said Diana Castañeda, KIND’s national legal services director.    

BSF has been representing minors in immigration removal proceedings since 2009 in partnership with KIND. 

The BSF legal team for these matters, along with Baxter and Maher, was composed of associates Mary Adkins, Andrew Borchini, Bridget Brown, Rosaline Chan, Mauricio Gonzalez, Jonathan Krisbergh, Vincent Liu, Camille Oberkampf, and Jarrod Reich.

For more information on BSF's work with KIND, please click here.  


Related Lawyers: Rosanne C. Baxter, , , Rosaline Chan, , , , , , Helen M. Maher

Related Practice: Pro Bono