Mario Bravo

  • Hosted by Catholic Charities of DC
  • Service location Silver Spring
  • Law school University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Issue area Children/Youth, Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2014
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program

The Project

I represent unaccompanied children who have crossed into the U.S. fleeing extreme violence and horrible conditions in their home countries. I seek to obtain whatever legal relief my clients may be eligible for that can reunite them with their families and allow them a chance at a safe, new life in the United States. Statistics show that when unaccompanied minors have legal representation, their chances of obtaining legal relief increase dramatically.

The Inspiration

Why is this Project Important

Statistics show that when unaccompanied minors have legal representation, their chances of legal relief increase dramatically. These children are caught between impoverished and dangerous conditions in their home countries, and our complex immigration system. They’re victims of circumstance, and at the very least deserve the protections and due process of our laws.

Need Addressed By Project

Lack of representation for unaccompanied minors who enter the country undocumented and face deportation back to dangerous conditions in their native countries.We seek to re-unite unaccompanied minors with their families and relatives here in the U.S., giving them a chance at a safe and better life.

Fellowship Highlights

Being able to represent my own clients for the first time in my career has been a very empowering experience. I work closely with the parents of my clients in preparing their cases, and the gratitude they express toward my help motivates me to continue working on children’s behalf.

The Right Person For This Project

The right person is detail oriented, patient, and compassionate. It takes a keen eye for detail to not miss any of the facts relevant to your client’s case. Our clients are often victims of horrible abuses and they can be very reluctant to talk. You have to be ready to provide a shoulder to lean on when your client feels overwhelmed.

Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship

To learn as much as I can about immigration law and prepare my clients’ cases.

Highlights to Date

My best moment so far has been representing a victim of human trafficking in an asylum hearing. It was my first time going to a hearing in my capacity as a lawyer and I was very excited to go. My client had very convincing grounds for relief, and I feel confident that he will be granted asylum.

Most Meaningful Experience To Date

My best moment so far has been representing a victim of human trafficking in an asylum hearing. It was my first time going to a hearing in my capacity as a lawyer and I was very excited to go. My client had very convincing grounds for relief, and I feel confident that he will be granted asylum.

What are your goals?

To become a knowledgeable practitioner of immigration law.

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