The Gonzalez family are among several dozen teens and young mothers in New Haven who were part of the wave of 84,000 mostly unaccompanied children entering the United States illegally in 2014, escaping violence in Central America.
News Story (Connecticut)
New Haven Register
October 8, 2016
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Tags: Immigration Process
Organizations mentioned/involved: Esperanza Center for Law and Advocacy, New Haven Legal Assistance Association (CT)
Rodriguez’s office, the Esperanza Center for Law and Advocacy in Norwalk, represents many of them as they seek to adjust their immigration status.
The time-consuming cases — mostly pro bono — involve multiple filings before the probate court, the United States Customs and Immigration office and then Immigration Court.
Many of her young clients, under age 18, already have or are on their way to receiving Special Immigrant Juvenile status which is available to children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by a parent or guardian.