Sr. Ann Durst, SHCJ, Esq. receives Honorary Doctor of Law Degree at Marquette University​

Sr. Ann Durst, SHCJ, Esq. receives her degree at Marquette University. On May 19, Sr. Ann M Durst, SHCJ, Esq. Founder of Casa Cornelia Law Center, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Marquette University in recognition of her life’s work of service. A member of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus since 1955, Sister [...]

Sr. Ann Durst, SHCJ, Esq. receives Honorary Doctor of Law Degree at Marquette University​2019-11-12T11:56:15-08:00

Diogo and Antonio: Escaping LGBTQ Persecution, Asylum Granted

Diogo and Antonio were recently granted asylum in the U.S. They escaped persecution based on their membership in the LGBTQ community and HIV positive status. After ongoing harassment and increased violent and fatal attacks on gay, transgender, and lesbian individuals in their country of origin, they traveled to the U.S. and applied for a humanitarian protection. ​ Living in a conservative South American country, [...]

Diogo and Antonio: Escaping LGBTQ Persecution, Asylum Granted2019-11-12T11:56:26-08:00

VIT Program: 2018 Impact, Acknowledgements & Reflection

We have recently concluded an orientation session for our new Volunteer Interpreters and Translators (VIT), and this invites a moment of reflection for our work in 2018. As we look back to this year, one thing is very clear:  We are so fortunate that you are in our team! You used your language skills to provide justice for our clients. You traveled for hours [...]

VIT Program: 2018 Impact, Acknowledgements & Reflection2019-11-12T11:56:45-08:00

25th Anniversary & 2018 La Mancha Awards

On ​​​​October 20, 2018, Casa Cornelia Law Center celebrated its 25th Anniversary at the 2018 La Mancha Awards, commemorating over 10,000 children, women and men who were granted humanitarian protections through pro bono legal services and representation. With your support we raised over $350,000 in event sponsorships, donations and tickets, which help us further our mission of providing access to [...]

25th Anniversary & 2018 La Mancha Awards2019-11-12T11:56:49-08:00

Responding to the Family Separation Crisis in San Diego

As the only local organization providing legal services to unaccompanied detained children, and the largest non-profit law firm assisting adult asylum seekers in San Diego County, Casa Cornelia has been uniquely positioned to assist those who were separated as a result of the Zero Tolerance policy implemented by the federal administration. Despite our success in effectively assisting affected adult and [...]

Responding to the Family Separation Crisis in San Diego2019-11-12T11:56:56-08:00

A Tale of Two Refugees

A Reflection by Volunteer Attorney and Board Member Nancy Aeling, Esq. Of the thousands upon thousands of words I read, heard and studied in Law School, one sentence by a professor stands out: “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.” (Luke 12:48.) My work as a Volunteer Attorney at Casa Cornelia Law Center has been [...]

A Tale of Two Refugees2019-11-12T11:57:01-08:00

Grateful for Our New Friends

It is truly difficult to summarize the outpouring of support that Casa Cornelia’s clients received from community members this summer - across San Diego, across California, and even across the country. As news of the family separation crisis broke, our phones began ringing… and they kept ringing. I had the honor of working with incredible new donors and community ambassadors. [...]

Grateful for Our New Friends2019-11-12T11:57:10-08:00

VIT Program: Bridging the Language Gap

Quality representation begins by hearing the client’s story in their own words--in their own language. This is where Volunteer Interpreters and Translators (VITs) make Casa Cornelia’s mission a reality: by making the client-attorney communication possible. VITs go through a comprehensive training consisting of ethical and technical elements to set up the clients (and our volunteers) for success. Artemisa Valle, who [...]

VIT Program: Bridging the Language Gap2019-11-12T11:57:18-08:00