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From Civil War In El Salvador To Community Leadership In The U.S.

– Posted in: Asylum, Refugees, And Migrants


“You’re not like them.”

What successful ethnic minority person in the United States has not heard that sentiment?

Perhaps it was a statement over a glass of wine at a company Christmas party. At lunch with co-workers. Or at a school function for their children.

As a Riverside immigration attorney, I’ve even heard similar expressions inside judicial chambers and lawyer meetings.

It’s often expressed in the third person.

“But Julio is not like other Salvadorans.”

This perspective has two major flaws.

Landmark Asylum Decision Falls Short For Abused Immigrant Women

– Posted in: Asylum, Refugees, And Migrants

immigrant-domestic-violence-victims-seek-asylumWhen is a victory not a victory?

When the issues pertain to immigration law.

For instance, in Matter of A-R-C-G, the Board of Immigration Appeals recently held that abused immigrant women qualify for asylum in the U.S. under certain circumstances.

Media pundits and legal analysts applauded the decision as a landmark ruling.

They’re right.

However, the woman seeking protection has not yet won her case.

And many abused spouses were left out of the court’s sphere of protection.

Riverside Homeless Shelters Launch Fight Against Human Trafficking

– Posted in: Asylum, Refugees, And Migrants


Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have documented a recent surge in human trafficking incidents throughout the Inland Empire.

Moreno Valley.  Perris.  Rubidoux.  Palm Desert. Riverside.

Beaumont. Rialto. Victorville. Yucaipa. San Bernardino.

The list goes on and on.

Many women and children are trapped in its web.

The problem of modern day slavery is global in nature.

Yet, experts assert that if you know the signs of modern day slavery, you would notice that it is closer to you than you ever imagined.

New Centers Of Human Trafficking In Riverside And San Bernardino Emerge (And Why We Must Join The Battle)

– Posted in: Asylum, Refugees, And Migrants


Human trafficking, a form of modern day slavery, is growing.

It’s growing across the globe. It’s growing across the United States. Now, it’s growing locally. Recent news reports confirm its arrival in the Inland Empire and Southwest Riverside.

As an immigration lawyer whose practice takes me into various regional communities, I sensed its growing presence based on tell-tale signs a few months ago.