Asylum Seekers

Asylum Seekers

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.