Casa Cornelia Law Center is a public interest law firm providing quality pro bono legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations. The Center has a primary commitment to the indigent within the immigrant community in southern California. Casa Cornelia strives to educate others regarding the impact of immigration law and policy on society and the public good.
We Did It!
Casa Cornelia Law Center has met the Challenge! As of March 20, 2015, Casa Cornelia Law Center successfully raised $80,106 to match a generous Challenge Award from Price Philanthropies. This remarkable achievement will help CCLC achieve its goal to improve internal capacity to meet the urgent needs of the indigent immigrant community.
Price Philanthropies’ challenge gift was an inspiration for others in the community to support Casa Cornelia. A total of 109 people contributed a gift to the campaign, and for that, CCLC is extremely grateful. For a full list of all who supported the Challenge, click here.
Casa Cornelia Law Center thanks Price Philanthropies for their ongoing support of our mission. Thank you to all that made this Campaign so successful! Read more here.
Never Turn Back:
One Woman’s Journey to Safety
In early 2014, attorney Tom Laube, Partner at Sandler, Lasry, Laube, Byer & Valdez LLP, graciously accepted Mariam’s* asylum case through Casa Cornelia Law Center and zealously advocated for her. Mariam’s quest for asylum began in Ethiopia. Mariam was divorced with four small children at the age of twenty-one, but that was neither the least of her sorrows, nor her earliest pain. When she was only five years old, her body was forcibly mutilated. A village elder performed the circumcision that left her ill, made intimacy with her husband excruciating, and turned each child's birth into a near-death experience. Mariam’s story, and the outstanding legal work of Tom Laube, can be read here in its entirety.
Kamil was seven years old when the war broke out in Somalia in 1991. The violence was pervasive. One evening, Kamil watched as his father slipped out of the home to gather food and supplies at the family store. It was the last time Kamil would see his father alive. Learn about Kamil's journey to freedom here.