Archive | February, 2015

Visit the new BenachRagland.com!

13 Feb

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This is the last post that will appear on Lifted Lamp.  Over the past six months, Benach Ragland has designed, developed and launched a new website.  The new website integrates this blog into Benach Ragland allowing for all the information we publish to be available in one place.  If you are a subscriber to this blog and wish to continue to receive email notification of posts, you can sign up here.

Please take some time to visit our new website.  We are very proud of the new site and fpartnerseel that it accurately conveys who we are, what we do, and how we can serve our clients in the community.  On the site, please take some time to watch the video about our client, Abel Rodriguez.  Also, you can meet our newest associate, Elanie Cintron and learn about her deep involvement in the fight over family detention in Artesia.  You can also learn about our February Client of the Month, an incredibly resilient and inspiring young woman.  Plus, you can meet and learn more about all those people you may only know over the phone and email, like Liana, Sandra, Satsita, Mariela and Hanif.  Finally, you can learn the latest details on the President’s executive action to help the parents of U.S. citizens and young people.

We would like to thank the talented and friendly team at Llewellyn Creative who brought their artistry and passion to creating our site.

We will continue to blog sharing our thoughts on the latest immigration news and providing useful and educational materials to the community we serve through the blog on our own website.  We hope to see you there!

BR Has Another New Lawyer!

5 Feb

We are thrilled to welcome and announce the newest addition to our BR family, Elanie Cintron. Elanie has joined us in DC as an associate attorney from North Carolina by way of Brooklyn, New York (where she received countless awards and honors as a law student at Hofstra University, including the prestigious Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Fellowship) and Denver, Colorado (where she immediately set herself apart as a rising star in the immigration field as an associate attorney with powerhouse firm Lichter Immigration).

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(Elanie with her asylum clients from Honduras)

As the child of two U.S. military service members, Elanie learned from her parents a sense of duty and service to our country. Rather than defending our country through military service, however, Elanie has dedicated herself and her career to defending the American ideals of justice and equality as a true advocate for vulnerable populations. Most recently, Elanie completed about six “tours of duty” volunteering at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico as part of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s pro bono project.

IMG_1535  image1  In Artesia, Elanie represented detained women and children refugees seeking protection from the domestic and gang violence they had fled in Central America. It is in that setting in which BR Partner Dree Collopy met Elanie and was immediately impressed by her skills as an attorney and passion as an advocate for justice. Through her work in Artesia, Elanie won asylum for a woman and her young son from Honduras, who had fled years of horrific domestic violence. Applying her client’s compelling story to the legal minefield of gender-based and particular social group asylum claims, Elanie convinced an immigration judge that her client and her client’s young son merited protection in this country. Upon being granted asylum, Elanie’s clients were released from the horrific conditions in Artesia, the Obama Administration’s detention center that has now been shut down in shame. Living freely and safely in the United States, Elanie’s clients still send her nearly-daily messages of gratitude for her selfless devotion to their cause.

It is this kind of attorney that we at BR seek out to join us in our shared mission. Elanie, welcome to our family! Fig too, of course.

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(Elanie’s dog, Fig)