Krystin Montersil

  • Hosted by Catholic Legal Services, Archdiocese of Miami, Inc.
  • Sponsored by The Florida Bar Foundation
  • Service location Miramar, Florida
  • Issue area Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2017
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Krystin advocated for immigrant communities by fighting against the unjust detention of immigrants and by helping immigrant parents plan and appoint temporary guardians for their children.

The risk of detention by immigration authorities exacts a psychological and economic toll on immigrant communities in South Florida. If detained, most immigrants go unrepresented, which decreases their prospects for release. While in detention, these individuals’ economic contribution is stunted and their children frequently suffer from food insecurity and poverty. Many of these children need judicial intervention or guardianships to ensure their safety. Access to counsel helps boost workforce participation for those individuals eligible for bond or work authorization or who are granted relief. Families with preparedness plans in place will have continuity, thus increasing stability and minimizing the trauma and economic harm of having a parent detained. Krystin advocated for parental rights for immigrant parents and provided direct representation for immigrants with lack of access to counsel while in detained removal proceedings.

Fellowship Highlights

In the past two years, Krystin has:

  • Worked to mitigate the effects of detention on children and families by helping parents prepare and appoint guardians in case of detention or deportation and by representing detained parents in removal proceedings
  • Provided full representation to 35 clients in immigration removal proceedings, as well as brief services and advice to an additional 100 individuals
  • Advocated for clients by securing bond release, parole, and immigration relief in the form of asylum and legal permanent residency
  • Assisted with the reunification of multiple families through direct representation in both immigration court and with Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Spearheaded preparation of temporary guardianship documents in three languages

What’s Next

Krystin plans to continue advocating for immigrant justice and helping maintain family and community stability in South Florida. She looks forward to continuing her work in immigration defense and increasing awareness of the need for legal representation in this area.

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