Legal Aid protected this family’s American dream

June 28, 2019 - 7:59 am
After a lifetime of escaping violence and poverty in El Salvador, 19-year-old Herbert came to the United States determined to make a better future. The life he built here – as a husband, father, business owner and leader in his community – was nearly destroyed by one traffic violation. Herbert was fortunate to find the help he needed to navigate an extremely complex immigration justice system. We tell his remarkable story in our latest photo essay, created with the generous support of freelance photographer Lisa Helfert.

Today, we’re excited to announce the posting of a new story to the All Rise for Civil Justice website.Herbert, his wife, and their five children around the dinner table

The new photo essay tells Herbert’s story, “Protecting One Family’s American Dream.” Herbert fled violence in his native El Salvador and built a small flooring installation business to support his five U.S.-born children. But a small misstep brought him to the brink of imminent deportation and family separation, and Herbert desperately needed legal help. Fortunately, he found it at Legal Aid Justice Center in Virginia.

As partners of Voices for Civil Justice, can you please help get the word out? Take action now to:

  • Promote the new story on social media. Feel free to share these Facebook and Twitter posts as written or to personalize the text as you wish:
    • Facebook Post: Meet Herbert, one of the new Americans who face the catastrophe of deportation and family separation over a small legal misstep. With help from civil legal aid, he was able to avoid disaster, but most others in his situation are not so fortunate. See the photo essay here.
    • Tweet (click to tweet): For new Americans, a small misstep can lead to deportation and family separation. Without legal help, that’s what would have happened to Herbert, a refugee from the violence of his native El Salvador. Meet Herbert and his family in this new photo essay.
  • Send an email to your supporters directing them to the All Rise for Civil Justice website.

Thank you for helping us make a splash today with this new All Rise story!