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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

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