LAF Stands with Immigrant Seeking Asylum
Attorney Nubia Willman secures a safe
future in the U.S. for Roberta
Roberta is an immigrant for whom LAF sought asylum in the United States. Like many immigrants, she left her entire world behind to seek a safer life in the United States. Roberta left Guatemala after her husband became abusive. He slapped her, choked her, and threatened her life. She hid her young daughter with her sister’s family, and got a tourist visa to come to the United States. When she landed at the airport, her first call was to LAF.
Attorney Nubia Willman took her case, knowing it wouldn’t be a sure victory. Asylum cases are difficult proceedings. She would have to prove not only that Roberta was a victim of domestic violence, but also that sending her back to Guatemala would result in her death because the government was unwilling and unable to protect her. Nubia also knew that asylum cases often take years – years Roberta did not have on her tourist visa – and that immigration deportation proceedings could begin at any point during her asylum application process.
Three years later, an interview was finally granted. Roberta and Nubia, along with Mary Ellen Diaz, who faithfully translated Roberta’s story, met with an asylum officer. Roberta told her story in detail, and answered the officer’s questions. This August, her asylum was approved.
But Roberta’s story doesn’t end there. Her daughter, still in Guatemala, developed brain cancer, and has few treatment opportunities outside of the U.S. Now that Roberta has asylee status, she will be able to petition for her daughter to enter the U.S. and obtain the care she needs.
LAF is proud to stand with immigrants like Roberta. We are committed to helping victims of abuse seek safety and security, to supporting those who look to the American Dream for a better life, and to ensuring that “liberty and justice for all” doesn’t depend on your ability to pay for it.