Thousands of other undocumented immigrant children never get a lawyer and continue to experience that fear and uncertainty during deportation proceedings. Others choose to avoid court, exposing themselves to in-absentia removal orders.
News Story (New York)
February 13, 2018
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Tags: Courts, Deportation
Organizations mentioned/involved: New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)
Maria’s mother eventually helped her connect with the New York Legal Assistance Group, a nonprofit organization that took on her case and helped her get on track for a visa. She is now on the verge of graduating from high school and she says she plans to pursue a career as a police officer.
“When I got my lawyer, I felt protected,” Maria says. “But that first time I didn’t know what to do.”