Pro Bono Hero Spotlight: Caroline Stewart
More than two years after fleeing to the United States, a
Salvadoran pro bono client of V&E associate Caroline
Stewart has obtained permission to work in the United States. But the
struggle for citizenship is still ahead. The client, a minor at the time, was
kidnapped and enslaved by a Salvadoran gang that controlled the city and
subjected the client to unspeakable abuse. While still a young girl, she
escaped the gang’s captivity and fled to the United States, where she was
reunited with her mother and younger brother who were also victims of abuse.
Caroline has since worked with the Tahirih
Justice Center to help her client remain in the United States. The
Stewart-Tahirih team has filed applications for both asylum and a human
trafficking visa, but are still waiting on a response from United States
Citizenship and Immigration Services. Caroline is also helping the client’s
family members remain in the United States to keep the family together.
To read more about Caroline’s partnership with the Tahirih
Justice Center, click here.