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Adriana’s Story: A Doctor Running from Political Corruption

In a small town somewhere in Cuba, a young girl named Adriana* had a dream of becoming a doctor. After persevering, she graduated from medical school and began working at a clinic. One day while working, she was approached by Communist Party members pressuring her to join their party or attend political meetings. Adriana continuously refused, not bothering to hide [...]

Adriana’s Story: A Doctor Running from Political Corruption2020-07-22T09:42:01-07:00

We Stand with Victims of Human and Civil Rights Violations

Casa Cornelia Law Center joins our local, national, and international communities in condemning racism and crimes against humanity.  We are deeply saddened by the unjust deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so many others who needlessly lost their lives. Our country is based on the principle that all persons have the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of [...]

We Stand with Victims of Human and Civil Rights Violations2020-06-04T11:23:27-07:00

Gratitude and COVID-19 Updates From Casa Cornelia by Carmen Chavez, Executive Director

Dear Friend, In these difficult times, I hope you and your family are staying safe.      Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Casa Cornelia’s dedicated lawyers, legal assistants, volunteer attorneys, interpreters and translators continue to meet the needs of vulnerable children, families, and asylum seekers in need of pro bono legal counsel.    With the fear and stress they face, these at-risk populations [...]

Gratitude and COVID-19 Updates From Casa Cornelia by Carmen Chavez, Executive Director2020-04-01T09:33:22-07:00

Liliana’s Story: Breaking Free from Cycles of Abuse

When Liliana* was seventeen she met Ricardo* – a neighbor that would later become her husband and change her life. Having grown up in Mexico in a lonely household with an abusive mother, Liliana found what she needed in Ricardo’s company – love, respect and a way to avoid being home. It seemed like life with him could be everything [...]

Liliana’s Story: Breaking Free from Cycles of Abuse2020-03-23T11:10:12-07:00

Volunteer Attorney Secures Legal Protection for Gabriela and Her Children

Over a decade ago, Gabriela* and her two children moved from Mexico to San Diego.  After settling in their new home, she started dating a man she had met at work named Nick*.  The relationship, however, quickly became one of manipulation and abuse. He was increasingly jealous and his quick temper created a hostile environment for Gabriela. “If he asked [...]

Volunteer Attorney Secures Legal Protection for Gabriela and Her Children2020-03-23T09:28:56-07:00

Hector’s Story: Finding Somewhere to Belong

At one time, Hector* had enjoyed his childhood growing up in Guatemala. With two parents and siblings surrounding him, he was able to go to school and stay relatively safe and cared for. But, when Hector was 12, his father suffered a stroke and passed away. This loss began to cause his family dynamic to shift - life would no [...]

Hector’s Story: Finding Somewhere to Belong2020-03-03T12:13:11-07:00

25 Years in the Making: A Reflection by Carmen Chavez, Esq., Executive Director

Dear Friends, Exec Director Carmen M Chavez, Esq. (left) and Co-Founders Sr. Mary Wayne Gradon, SHCJ and Ann M Durst, SHCJ (right) are honored on stage at the 25th Anniversary Celebration & 2018 La Mancha Awards. With the start of the New Year comes the promise of new beginnings. I am excited to embrace 2020 and all that [...]

25 Years in the Making: A Reflection by Carmen Chavez, Esq., Executive Director2020-02-28T12:58:47-07:00

Asylum Granted: Kwamba’s Perseverance & Hope

For the past few years, the English-speaking region of Cameroon has experienced violent conflict with the French-speaking government military. Both sides of this fight have committed many human rights abuses and put innocent people in the cross-hairs. It is in this environment that a small convenience store owner named Kwamba* was raising his children. As a child himself, Kwamba had [...]

Asylum Granted: Kwamba’s Perseverance & Hope2020-01-13T16:23:12-07:00