Motion to Reopen
R.R., a citizen of the Dominican Republic, failed to attend his immigration hearing and was ordered deported. Karen successfully convinced the judge to reopen R.R.’s case so that he could apply for a green card through his wife, a United States citizen who suffered from depression.
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
Sixteen-year-old J.I. left his home in Guatemala after his parents failed to provide for his basic necessities. Upon crossing the Texas-Mexico border, J.I. was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Although he was subsequently released into the care of his older brother, he was placed into removal proceedings before an immigration judge. Karen secured an order from a family court judge in New Jersey granting J.I.’s brother custody of him and making specific factual findings to enable JI to apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. With this family court order, the immigration judge terminated removal proceedings against J.I., and he was awarded a green card.