The United States is and always has been a safe harbor for individuals who have found the strength and courage to leave behind their home countries to look for a new life
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 14, 2012
Sarah Haselop, associate attorney at the San Francisco family law firm Heath-Newton LLP, was honored by the UC Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS) on Wednesday, April 10 for her pro bono work on the San Francisco Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights’ (LCCR) asylum program.
For four years, Haselop has provided pro bono legal representation to individuals seeking refuge in the United States. She has provided direct representation in many cases involving gender-based violence against women in their country of origin.
“The United States is, and always has been, a safe harbor for individuals who have found the strength and courage to leave everything behind their home countries to find a new and better life for themselves,” says Haselop. “It is my deep honor to help these brave people.”
In addition to her counsel, Haselop has helped mentor fellow attorneys and conducted intake interviews for the LCCR. Due to the nature of her client’s claims, Sarah has worked with the CGRS at UC Hastings College of Law, which has been instrumental in providing the resources to create legal argument and identify case precedents in asylum law.
According to the CGRS, thousands of migrants flee the violence and persecution of their native countries and seek refuge in the United States every year. Many of them can’t read or write in English and come from countries that do not guarantee the right to due process.
Because of this, these victims are rendered virtually helpless when it comes to understanding the complex U.S. immigration and asylum laws and are unable to obtain sound legal advice. It is up to pro bono attorneys, organized and supported by groups such as the LCCR and the CGRS, to fill this gap.
About the UC Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies
UC Hastings College of the Law was founded in 1878 as the first law department of the University of California. The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) provides legal expertise, training, and resources to attorneys representing asylum seekers, advocates for the protection of refugees and advancement of refugee law and policy, and uses domestic, regional, and international human rights mechanisms to address the root causes of persecution. For more information, visit uchastings.edu.
About the San Francisco Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
For more than 40 years, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area has worked to advance, protect and promote the legal rights of communities of color, immigrants and refugees -- with a specific focus on low-income communities and a long-standing commitment to African Americans. Lawyers' Committee staff, working with hundreds of pro bono attorneys, provides free legal assistance and representation to individuals on civil legal matters through direct services, impact litigation and policy advocacy. For more information, visit lccr.com.
About Heath-Newton, LLP
Heath-Newton, LLP is a San Francisco family law practice focused on families. These San Francisco divorce attorneys pride themselves on working with clients from all backgrounds and lifestyles. Heath-Newton, LLP specializes in premarital agreements (prenups), same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships, divorce, child support, spousal support, adoption, and child custody in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
For more information about asylum laws, or any family law matters, please contact San Francisco divorce attorneys Heath-Newton, LLP by calling (415) 992-5038, visit http://www.heathnewton.com, or stop by their office located at 240 Stockton Street, Suite 300 in San Francisco, California.