Casa Cornelia is committed to upholding the legal rights of individuals fleeing their native countries due to political, social, religious, or ethnic persecution and/or torture. Our clients come to the U.S. from all over the world.​​​

Seeking Asylum in the U.S.

Arriving in the U.S. after an often onerous journey, asylum seekers must immediately convince immigration officials they have a credible fear of returning to their homeland, or face deportation. A fortunate few are able to retain private counsel, but most are indigent and have little or no access to free legal representation — which is not provided. Making a successful asylum claim without an attorney is virtually impossible, especially for those who are arrested, detained, and facing deportation proceedings.


Casa Cornelia provides free counsel and representation to indigent asylum seekers at each step of their immigration journey.
For detained asylum seekers, our staff receives calls or applications by mail. For non-detained or affirmative asylum seekers, outreach begins in partnership with social service and religious organizations serving the area’s diverse immigrant populations.

In addition to handling cases in-house, we maximize our limited resources by recruiting, training, and mentoring volunteer attorneys who provide pro bono service to our clients.


Those who are foreign-born and cannot return to their home countries because they have suffered or fear they will be persecuted due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group, are invited to learn how to apply for our services.

Si nació en el extranjero y no puede regresar a su país de origen porque ha sufrido o teme ser perseguido por motivos de raza, religión, nacionalidad, opinión política o pertenencia a un grupo social en particular, encontrará instrucciones sobre cómo presentar una solicitud para obtener servicios.

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