Available Cases


The Pro Bono Project offers the unique opportunity to positively impact the lives of low-income individuals in Southern Nevada. The clients listed below have been accepted by our program and are currently on our waiting list for pro bono representation. Clients have been prescreened for financial income eligibility and their cases have been selected based on a number of factors, including the merits of their case, the availability of volunteers and the reasonableness of the client.

If you would like to take one of the below cases or request additional information, please click on the corresponding Case Number and submit the case interest form.

Appeals

Case Number: 2017-003967

The Respondent needs representation in this appeal from a district court order denying a motion to modify child custody. Appellant and respondent share one young child together. The parties currently have joint legal and joint physical custody of the child. Appellant filed a post-decree motion to modify custody to give appellant primary physical custody and included a request for a psychological evaluation of respondent, as well as other related relief. Respondent opposed the motion. The district court denied appellant’s motion in its entirety. This is Supreme Court Case #69555. Pro Bono Counsel must file a Notice of Appearance by 9/25/17.

Bankruptcy (Chapter 7)

Case Number: Multiple Cases

Clients wishing to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy are accepted for pro bono representation on a weekly basis. If you are interested in representing one of these clients, please submit the case interest form and indicate your interest in the Comments section.

Children's Attorneys Project (Abuse/Neglect Cases)

Case Number: 2017-001195

Two siblings, ages 7 and 2, came into DFS care with their older brother in February, 2017 due to allegations of inadequate supervision, sexual abuse, and neglect. Their mother has a mental disorder and is reportedly not taking her medication. The youngest child was reportedly sexually abused by her 8-year old brother; he said he learned this behavior by watching his mother and her boyfriend have sex. The children are currently placed at Child Haven. They need an attorney to represent their wishes and legal interests regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001193

An 8-year old boy came into DFS care with his younger sisters in February, 2017 due to allegations of inadequate supervision, sexual abuse, and neglect. His mother has a mental disorder and is reportedly not taking her medication. The client also requires medication for ADHD and ODD, but his mother does not provide him with the medication. This client was sexually acting out with his 2-year old sister and said he learned this behavior by watching his mother and her boyfriend have sex. The client is currently placed at Child Haven. He needs an attorney to represent his wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001639

Two siblings, ages 14 years and 9 years, came into DFS care in March 2017 when mom died giving birth. She was on drugs and the baby was born drug exposed. Clients have different dads; their whereabouts are unknown. The children are currently placed with the youngest child’s paternal aunt. They need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001837

A 19-year old young woman was removed from her mother’s care when she was a minor due to alleged sexual abuse by her stepfather. The client is under voluntary court jurisdiction and taking part in the Step Up program. Under the Step Up program, client is required to maintain a job or attend school; client is currently doing neither and is at risk of losing her assistance. Client does not have a stable residence, she is couch-surfing with friends. Client’s important documents such as ID, Social Security care, and birth certificate are at her parents’ house and they will not allow her access to the documents. Client needs an attorney to represent her and ensure she is meeting the program requirements as well as assist with any other legal matters that may arise as she transitions to adulthood and remains under the dependency court’s jurisdiction.

Case Number: 2017-002485

A 4 month old baby boy came back into DFS care in May, 2017. Client originally came into care in January 2017 after being born drug-exposed. Subsequently, he was placed with dad and the matter was closed. However, Dad was allowing Mom to babysit while he worked and the child was removed from Dad’s care. There are concerns about dad’s protective capacity because he allows mom to babysit when he works. Mom has other children in foster care. Her rights to them have been terminated or are pending termination. Client is now placed with fictive kin who are the adoptive resource for the siblings. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002423

Two siblings, ages 6 and 1, came into DFS care with an older brother in March, 2017 when their mom was arrested and there was no adult to care for children. Mother has a history of arrests. The house was found in disarray; i.e.: filthy living areas, rotting food, urine and mildew smell, unmaintained utilities, and minimal food. The children were filthy and unkempt. Dad is believed to be incarcerated. Clients are currently placed with maternal aunt. Their older brother has his own attorney. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-000451

Three siblings, ages 6 to 1, came into DFS custody in January, 2017 after Dad allegedly sexually abused their half-sister. Mom stated that victim told her about the abuse a year ago, but then recanted it. Dad denies the allegations and claims victim is lying. Mom is staying with relatives and has placement of the children. Dad agreed to stay away during the investigation, but he has supervised visitation with the clients. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001803

Four siblings, ages 3 years to 1 month, came into DFS care due to allegations of physical abuse of one of the children by mom’s boyfriend. In addition there were concerns of drug paraphernalia, a BB-gun, and a half-smoked joint. The children were placed with dad for a safety plan. Clients need an attorney to represent their legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001927

A 4 year old boy came into DFS care after mom made homicidal threats towards him. She said that she was going to kill him and beat him up. She later expressed remorse because she was having a panic attack and was stressed out. The child had bruises on his chest and scratches on his body. Mom blamed the dog. Dad is in Brazil. The Department was able to develop an in home safety plan with mom. The child is with mom, while they are living with the paternal grandma. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-000716

Two siblings, ages 4 and 3, came into DFS care and were placed with their paternal grandma after their other sibling claimed that mom’s boyfriend sexually abused her and that mom beat her. Mom is believed to be a prostitute and her boyfriend her pimp. He has a no contact order in place that prevents him from reaching his victim. Mom tried to hide the children from the Department. Clients need an attorney to represent their legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002232

Two siblings, ages 4 and 1, came into DFS care because there was a report of inadequate supervision. Maternal grandma had guardianship of children due to a recent CPS case. Mom has a relationship history involving domestic violence, drugs, and instability. In April, 2017 mom went to the older child’s birthday party. She drank all day and was high on marijuana. She forcefully left the residence with the children. Mom is unemployed and faces eviction. Clients need an attorney to represent their legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001718

Four siblings, ages 7  years to 3 months, came into DFS care when the youngest child was born exposed to methamphetamine. Mom admitted to using meth 3 to 4 when she was pregnant. Mom also used drugs when she was pregnant in 2014. There is domestic violence in the home. Dad shows characteristics of an addict. The parents want to do drug court. The children are currently separated, but the Department is looking to place them together with fictive kin. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes and legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002578

Three siblings, ages 12 years to 7 years, came into DFS care and were placed with their paternal great aunt. They are doing well in their placement. Their parents are in another state. They both have an extensive history of substance abuse. Dad was previously incarcerated and released. Mom lacks motivation to care for her children. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place. The children reportedly do not wish to have frequent contact with their parents.

Case Number: 2017-000027

Three siblings, ages 13 to 5, came into DFS care in November, 2016 because of mom’s drug use, environmental neglect, and lack of basic resources. They are placed in-home with mom as part of in-home case. She has made some effort to improve the aforementioned issues and recognizes that she has problems. Natural dads were inconsistent in contacting children. Children wish to remain with mom. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-000045

A 2 year old boy came into DFS care in December, 2016 after mom was arrested for DUI and drug possession. After being evicted, they lived in a car. Recently, dad was located, but he has not attended court. Child was placed with a foster family with a permanency plan to reunify with mom. This case involves the Indian Child Welfare Act. Client needs an attorney to represent legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001742

Two siblings, ages 7 and 1, came into DFS care in March, 2017 due to mom’s inadequate supervision. She overdosed on prescription medication in a suicide attempt. She has a history of unstable mental health. 1 year old daughter was home at the time. Mom was taken to the hospital. Subsequently, children were placed with fictive kin, mom’s step-mom. Step-mom has placement of older sibling under guardianship. Discussions with mom about guardianship for clients is ongoing. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001005

Three siblings, ages 14 to 5, came into DFS care due to mom’s neglect, substance abuse, and mental health issues. There were reports that mom left her youngest child at home alone. She tested positive for amphetamine and methamphetamine. She also hears voices. One dad is incarcerated and the other’s whereabouts are unknown. The children were split amongst their maternal grandmother and godmother. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002445

Three siblings, ages 4 to 2, came into DFS care due to their parents’ substance abuse and lack of resources. Currently, mom is involved in drug court. She is pregnant with fifth child. Dad’s whereabouts are unknown and has no contact. The children were placed in a foster home and are adjusting well. They have a possible paternal relative in another state. Clients need an attorney to represent their legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002742

Two siblings, ages 3 and 2, came into DFS care because mom tested positive for meth and heroin and she was under the influence when a specialist visited her home. She left the children unattended for hours at a time. The children currently reside with mom and grandmother. Clients need an attorney to represent their legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002706

Two siblings, ages 4 and 3, came into DFS care in October, 2016 due to their parents’ inadequate supervision and domestic violence. Parents plan to go their separate ways. The children are delayed and in the process of being assessed and diagnosed. They are currently placed with their maternal grandma; she is licensed through DFS. Clients need an attorney to represent their legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002783

A 5 year old girl came into DFS care after mom was incarcerated for child endangerment and using meth in child’s presence. However, mom denies any ongoing issues. She stayed at a known drug house after her boyfriend became violent and hit her. They had nowhere else to go. Mom lost her job as well. They do not have any other family or support in Las Vegas. Client needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002524

Three siblings, ages 4 to 1, came into DFS care due to abuse and/or neglect in addition to dad’s alleged sexual abuse. Mom is avoiding contact with the Department and dad is under investigation. Both parents have a drug history. Mom blames her recent drug use on the children. Mom is member of a Native American tribe and the children are protected under the tribe’s rights so the Indian Child Welfare Act applies to this case. The tribe was involved in her 7 previous CPS investigations and they are not interested in taking jurisdiction over the children. They filed a motion to monitor the case. Clients need an attorney to represent their legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002600

A 7 year old came into DFS care due to her mom’s meth use. In addition, she is unemployed and does not have stable housing. In the past, mom had her other 3 children removed because of her drug use. Since then her children have lived with their dad. Client has been in her grandpa’s care her entire life and she wishes to continue living with him. Client needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002849

Two siblings, ages 3 and 2, came into DFS care due to a domestic violence incident between their parents.  Subsequently, they were placed together in foster care. Mom has substance abuse issues and dad has anger issues. Clients need an attorney to represent their legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001961

A 4 month old baby girl came into DFS care in January, 2017 because she was born prematurely and substance exposed. She went through withdrawals and remained hospitalized for almost two months due to her fragile state. She may have been exposed to Hepatitis C and she is currently being monitored. Mom requested that her daughter be placed in protective custody because she does not have a safe home to care for her. Mom also lacks adequate supplies for the child. Client needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002588

Three siblings, ages 7 to 1, came into DFS care in April 2017 due to their parent’s negligent treatment, inadequate supervision, and drug use. For the past year, a relative cared for the oldest child. However, mom refused to sign guardianship papers for him. His dad was incarcerated. All children were placed in protective custody with relatives. Mom has a history with the Department. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002773

Four siblings, ages 5 years to 6 months, came into DFS care in November 2015 due to mom’s environmental neglect. Mom cleaned the home and her children were returned to her. A few months later, mom called the police in regards to dad’s domestic violence. On May 23, 2017, police removed the children due to the poor environment. Dad is unable to be located, but there is a search for him. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003141

A 16 year old boy came into DFS care in June, 2017 after his adoptive parents’ abandonment. They would not allow him to return after he was released from a treatment center. He was being treated for suicidal ideations. He denied having suicidal thoughts and only wanted to be returned to his parents. He is Bipolar and has ADHD. Currently, the child is a runaway and a police report was filed to locate him. He needs a home with reliable guardians to care for his mental and physical needs. Client needs an attorney to represent his wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003177

A 3 year old boy came into DFS care with siblings in April, 2016 due to mom’s neglect. Child is placed with two siblings in a relative’s home. This child was recently found to have a different dad than the siblings. His Dad has drug abuse issues but is working his case plan for reunification. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003004

A 17 year old boy originally came into DFS care in 2015 and was placed with dad in another state. Child stated he had to sell marijuana to support them. Dad claims client was selling to support his own habit. He went to rehab in Texas but eventually returned to his mom in Las Vegas. Mom cannot care for child due to her medical issues. Client was recently diagnosed as bipolar and was found living on streets for past few months. Dad wants him back, however, he cannot pick him up. Client reportedly does not want to be with either parent. He needs an attorney to represent his wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002929

An 8 month old baby girl came into DFS care with her younger sister in May, 2017 because dad and his girlfriend were on drugs, mental health issues, and domestic violence. They also lack resources for the child. Mom failed to make herself available. Her living situation is unstable and she lacks a permanent home address. Child was placed with her paternal aunt. Client needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003131

A 5 year old girl came into DFS care with her sister in May, 2017 due to her parents’ drug use. Dad used opiates in front of his children and made suicidal statements. Mom used meth and became destructive when she got upset. She is incarcerated for meth and warrants. Grandma may use drugs as well. Currently, child is placed with paternal aunt. Child may be Native American descent so the Indian Child Welfare Act may apply. Client needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003254

A 13 year old girl came into DFS care in June, 2017 due to dad’s inadequate supervision. Dad is incarcerated in another state. Mom died in 2013. Child resided with her maternal grandmother for the past five years. However, there was no legal custody arrangement in place. Grandmother provided temporary guardianship that expired back in 2013. Child is suicidal and troubled. She needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation, and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002515

A 1 month old baby came into DFS care in May, 2017 after being born drug exposed. Mom was incarcerated, while giving birth. She used heroin. There are two possible fathers, so paternity must be established. Currently, child resides with a foster family. Maternal cousin in California may be willing to take placement. Child may be part Native American so Indian Child Welfare Act may apply. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002407

A 2 month old baby boy came into DFS care in May, 2017 because his parents have ongoing issues with domestic violence, physical abuse, and mental health. Last year, his siblings were removed from the home. Child has Down syndrome and will have special needs. Currently, he does not require extra medical attention. Supervised parental visitation is allowed. Visitation between child and his siblings may require attention. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003148

A 1 year old boy came into DFS care in January, 2017 because mom was too intoxicated to care for him. Mom continues to place herself in harmful situations, she is unemployed, and relocated to another city. The court issued a bench warrant for mom. Dad is unknown. Client is currently placed in a foster home. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002606

A 3 year old boy came into DFS care with siblings in May, 2017 after he was found wandering several blocks from home unsupervised. He was wearing only a diaper and sustained multiple injuries; including: burns, bruises, and scratches. Child was underweight at 22.6 pounds. After learning about his child’s injuries, dad showed little interest. Dad has a history of domestic violence. The home was dirty and dangerous for a child. Mom lives out-of-state and she has an open CPS case with her other children. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003782

An 8 year old boy came into DFS care with an older sister in August, 2015 after mom crashed her car into an apartment building sign. Both her children were in the car and she was under the influence. Dad was incarcerated at the time for abusing this client with a baseball bat. Parental rights were terminated as to both parents. Clients were previously represented by the same attorney. Both siblings were to be adopted together by a foster family but the foster family decided they only want to adopt this client’s sister. Client does not want to be separated from his sister. Sister wants to be adopted by the family, even if that means being separated from her brother. She will get her own attorney. This client needs an attorney to represent his wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place. There is a Review Hearing on August 8, 2017 at 2:15 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2017-003264

Two brothers, ages 2 years and 9 months, came into DFS care in June, 2017 because they were at risk of being harmed due to domestic violence. While the children were asleep, mom’s boyfriend pulled her hair and beat her with a broom handle. Neighbors called police and children were removed. Mom isn’t taking steps to remove boyfriend from her life. Mom also tested positive for marijuana and meth. She has another open CPS investigation against her. This began in May, 2017 when mom’s sister rushed the youngest child to the hospital and Mom was unreachable. The child was taken into protective custody and later released back to mom when she returned from California. Clients need an attorney to represent their legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002919

Three siblings, ages 3 years to 3 months, came into DFS care in April 2017 when the youngest child was born exposed to meth. Mom used meth since she was 15. She started using again because she is depressed. Currently, she is homeless and lacks resources to provide for the children. She works part-time shifts. Dad is incarcerated. The children were placed with relatives. Clients need an attorney to represent their legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003540

Sister and brother, ages 13 and 10, came into DFS care with a sibling in May, 2017 because of mom’s domestic violence against the sibling. They argued about mom’s drug use. Thereafter, mom chased the child around the apartment complex with a belt until her roommate intervened. Mom was high on meth. The police arrived and arrested mom. Clients’ sister has her own attorney as she doesn’t want to return to Mom. Clients reportedly want to return to Mom. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002973

Two siblings, ages 12 and 6, came into DFS care in May, 2017 due to an unsafe environment. Mom’s roommate threatened her at gunpoint. Children were at home during the incident. Mom did not remove them from that environment. She tested positive for marijuana. She lacks stable housing, income, and employment. Dad is deceased. Mom is allowed supervised visitation. Children missed a lot of school and an Individualized Education Plan may be necessary. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place. There is an Adjudicatory Trial on August 18, 2017 at 9:30 am.

Case Number: 2017-003339

A 2 month old baby boy came into DFS care in May, 2017 when he was born substance exposed. Child was placed in intensive care and suffered withdrawals. Mom tested positive for methamphetamines, methadone, and opiates. Dad appeared under the influence of drugs when child was born. Both parents have a history of heroin use. Currently, child is placed with grandparents. They allow and supervise visits with child’s parents. Parents reportedly want to get clean to get their child back. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003690

A 12 year old girl came into DFS care with her step-siblings in June, 2017 due to her father’s alleged sexual abuse of her step-sister. Client did not disclose any abuse or neglect by her father. Dad is currently under a supervision plan and not allowed to be alone with the children. Client’s mom was addicted to drugs and neglected her. Mom died two years ago. Client has not received counseling to address her grief. Currently, she is placed with her step-mom and she attends middle school. She does not have any problems in school. Client needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place. There is an Adjudicatory Trial on September 8, 2017 at 9:30 am.

Case Number: 2017-003507

A 6 year old boy came into DFS care in June, 2017 when mom threatened to shoot her boyfriend with a gun. Mom then threatened to kill herself. She fired a shot into her upstairs apartment ceiling. No one was hurt. Police arrested mom. Child was placed with paternal grandmother. Mom is eager to be reunited with her child. She is staying with a friend and visits the child. Client needs an attorney to represent his wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003733

Three siblings, ages 5 to 1, came into DFS care in July, 2017 when mom left the two oldest children in her car unattended. The air conditioning was off and the windows were cracked. The children were tired and hungry, but they were not in the car long enough for harm to occur. Mom was inside a pet store with the youngest child. She was inquiring about a dog. She could see the children from the store window. The police arrested her. Dad is being searched for. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2016-004874

Three siblings, ages 11 years to 3 years, came into DFS care in September, 2016 due to domestic violence between their parents and their parents’ substance abuse. The children appeared malnourished and there was no food found in their home at the time of removal. The parents are not engaged in services and are not visiting regularly with the children. DFS recently requested to change permanency plan to TPR/adoption. The oldest and youngest child are placed together with a paternal aunt. The middle child is placed with another paternal aunt. The aunts are arranging visitation between siblings. The children have special education needs that are being addressed. They were not enrolled in school prior to being taken into DFS care. The children were previously represented but their attorney passed away. The children need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2016-006226

Three siblings, ages 14 years to 7 years, came into DFS care in December, 2016 after their natural mother refused to pick them up from school. The children’s natural mother stated that she could not take care of the children due to a lack of stable housing and means to provide for their basic needs. The children are currently placed together with their maternal aunt and uncle. Their mother has begun to make progress on her case plan and visits with the children regularly. She has secured housing and a job. Their fathers’ locations are unknown. The children were previously represented but their attorney passed away. They need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding placement, permanency and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-000028

A 17 year old boy came into DFS care in December, 2016 due to neglect by his parents. They dropped him off at his aunt’s house but no legal guardianship was put in place. The client came into care when he was accused of sexually abusing his 5-year old cousin. The client may have been sexually abused at a younger age. His father is believed to be homeless in Utah and his mother’s whereabouts are unknown. His parents are not engaged in services and are not visiting with the child. He is currently placed in a group home for juvenile sex offenders and receiving juvenile sex offender treatment. He is also on probation for 3 years. He has an IEP in place. Before coming into DFS care he had not attended school for 2 years. This past school year, he passed all of his classes. His permanency plan is OPPLA (aging out of foster care); he was assigned an independent living worker. He was previously represented but his attorney passed away. He needs an attorney to represent his wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place as he transitions into adulthood.

Case Number: 2017-003900

An 18 year old girl came into DFS care with several siblings in 2015 when mom committed suicide. Dad is not in child’s life. His parental rights were terminated. Child resides with fictive kin who is an adoptive resource. Child is non-verbal and unable to care for herself. Her caregiver is her fictive kin’s adult daughter. Her younger sister, who is placed in the same home, is reportedly physically abusing client which may be the cause of client’s recent seizures. There are also allegations the same sister sexually abused the client. The sister and other siblings have their own attorney. This client needs an attorney to represent her wishes and legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003629

Two siblings, ages 6 years and 2 years, came into DFS care in June, 2017 when mom and her boyfriend were arrested for fighting. Both children witnessed the fight, but they were unharmed. Sometimes mom’s boyfriend hurts the youngest child; child has marks on his face. Boyfriend is currently homeless. The children currently reside with their maternal grandmother. Mom is allowed visitation when grandmother is present. Dad is in California and unable to care for the children. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002572

Two siblings, ages 3 years and 1 year, came into DFS care in April, 2017 because their family was homeless. The family was found wandering the streets after being evicted. They had nowhere to go and no one would take them in—not even their cousins. Reluctantly, the children were placed with relatives. Clients need an attorney to represent their legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002705

A 3 month old baby girl came into DFS care in March, 2017 when she was born exposed to drugs. Dad abandoned the child and is unable or unwilling to care for her. Child was placed with fictive kin. Mom used drugs, preferably meth and marijuana, on a regular basis. She has mental health issues. In the past, four other children were removed from her care. Client needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003593

A 2 year old girl came into DFS care in July, 2017 when police found her wandering around an apartment complex unsupervised. Mom was located 30 minutes after the police arrived. Mom admitted that she left the child alone, while she was asleep. Mom went down the street for a money order to pay rent. The child is able to open doors on her own, so mom installed a child safety knob. However, she believes that the door was not fully closed when she left. The child was removed from her parents twice before. Client needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003602

Three siblings, ages 14 years to 6 years, came into DFS care in June, 2017 when their parents were arrested for parole violation. Their home was messy and unclean. Parents used meth, but they believe they can overcome it. They never used near the children. Both parents work and receive government assistance. Currently, the children reside with their maternal grandparents. Two of the children have disabilities. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003746

A 2 year old girl came into DFS care in July, 2017 due to physical abuse and neglect. Mom has a history with DFS. In April, 2017 during a Probable Cause Hearing, the active protection order, granting mom primary custody, was discussed. Mom was not at hearing but Dad was. Child was found to be in dad’s custody for the past 6 months. The court ordered child to be taken into protective custody. However, dad refused and took the child. Both a warrant and a missing person’s report were filed. 2 months later, police found child at mom’s home. Mom was uncooperative with police and placed on a Legal 2000. The child had bruises on her buttocks and inner thighs because mom disciplined her. She is currently placed in foster care. Client needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003583

Three siblings, ages 6 years to 1 year, came into DFS care in July, 2017 after they were found running barefoot around a gas station in 108 degree weather. The day before, mom arrived in Las Vegas and lacked housing or money. She planned to play guitar on the Strip for money. She has mental illness. Maternal grandparents live out of state and are unable to care for the children. They are currently placed in a foster home. The oldest child was previously prescribed medication for ADHD. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003407

A 2 year old girl came into DFS care in June, 2017 because of dad’s inadequate supervision. A specialist found dad at home. He was sleeping after drinking alcohol. He has problems paying attention and sometimes becomes verbally abusive. In the past, he could not find his child in a parking lot for 20 minutes. Child is placed with paternal great aunt. Currently, mom is incarcerated. Client needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002319

A 5 month old boy came into DFS care in April, 2017 after mom brought him to the doctor for a wellness check. The doctor discovered 12 fractures to the child’s legs, arms, and ribs. Dad caused the fractures and he also abused mom in the past. They had another child that died of similar fractures. Mom plans on leaving dad. She pled guilty for failure to protect. Dad is incarcerated for unrelated warrants. They both have visitation. DFS plans to seek Waiver of Reasonable Efforts in order to terminate parents’ rights. There is an Interstate Compact for placement of Children pending for maternal relatives in Florida. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-000702

Two siblings, ages 1 year and 7 months, came into DFS care in December, 2016 and January, 2017. Mom abandoned her baby girl at the hospital and later took her son there for serious injuries. Mom’s boyfriend was abusing the baby boy. He had sepsis, a stomach abscess, and perforated bowel. Currently, they are placed with their paternal grandmother. Their current plan is reunification, but dad wants to relinquish parental rights, so paternal grandmother can adopt. Mom, her boyfriend, and dad are currently incarcerated. Clients need an attorney to represent their legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003549

A 9 year old boy came into DFS care in June, 2017 after dad accidentally drowned. Dad was granted sole custody last year, so there are currently no caregivers available. Since dad was granted custody, mom declined visitation. She has a history of mental health issues. Her current whereabouts are unknown. Currently, child is staying in Texas with his paternal relatives for a 30-day vacation stay. They are filing for Guardianship, and an Interstate Compact for Placement of Children is pending. If the Compact is not completed, child will be placed in a Nevada foster home. There is a therapy referral for when the child is placed. Client needs an attorney to represent his wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003592

A 1 month old baby boy came into DFS care in June, 2017, when he was born prematurely because mom suffered a ruptured uterus. Mom required an emergency C-section. Currently, she is unconscious and intubated with no prognosis or recovery plan. Dad is homeless. He wants to get back on his feet, but he lacks a plan. Both parents have had drug abuse issues in the past; but tested clean at the time of child’s birth. Their parental rights have been terminated for their other children. Child currently resides with fictive kin. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003645

A 1 month old baby girl came into DFS care in July, 2017 when she was born exposed to drugs. Mom and child tested positive for amphetamines. Child was treated for withdrawal. Mom is an addict and bipolar. She lost legal rights to children in the past. Paternity may need to be established because there is no dad on the birth certificate. Dad’s identity is known; his location is not. Both parents are homeless and neither appeared in court. Despite this, mom expressed a desire to participate in a case plan. The parents may have supervised visitation if they make contact. The permanency plan is reunification. The Indian Child Welfare Act may apply. Presumed dad may be Cherokee. Client needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004181

A 1 month old baby boy came into DFS care in June, 2017 due to inadequate supervision. Mom is incarcerated for drug use; she used during her first trimester. She had prenatal care and the child is healthy. She will be released on August 17, 2017. Mom has another child who is currently in foster care. Dad’s whereabouts are unknown. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003535

Baby Boy, 1 month old, came into DFS care in July, 2017 because he was born premature and drug exposed. He is being treated for possible sepsis and is fed through a nasogastric tube. Mom was incoherent and unable to control her emotions at the hospital. She tested positive for meth. 2 days later, mom left the hospital without her child. However, she visits regularly; sometimes twice a day. She may be homeless and possibly mentally impaired. She stated that she lived with maternal grandmother. Mom named someone other than the putative father. Paternity must be established and child’s birth certificate requires amendment. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004090

A 1 month old baby came into DFS care in July, 2017 when parents reported that they were unable to care for child alone. Mom had excessive bleeding from her C-Section and was in intensive care. Both parents have mental health issues that require medication; they have cognitive delays and are high functioning. In addition, they have trouble maintaining stable housing. Dad was unable to care for child without mom. Mom wants to care for her child. Fictive kin moved in to help them, but the parents began fighting. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003795

A 9 year old girl came into DFS care in July, 2017 because mom posted a suicidal statement on social media. At the time, mom was facing eviction. She was not serious about committing suicide, but she wanted to emphasize how serious the situation was; she wanted help. Mom struggled with drugs for the past 20 years. Child was severely overweight, not potty-trained, still wearing a diaper, and non-verbal. She was born substance exposed and required open heart surgery. She has not received any extra developmental help and acts on the same level as a 2-year old. Dad lives in California and has not had consistent contact with child. Client needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004122

A 1 year old baby girl came into DFS care in July, 2017 when mom was arrested for active warrants. Mom is incarcerated, but she will be released in October, 2017. Dad is also incarcerated. Child was placed with maternal grandmother. She is capable and willing to take care of child until mom is released. Grandmother will also let mom and her children stay with her after she is released; mom is pregnant. Mom agrees to give grandmother temporary custody of child. Client needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Consumer Fraud

Case Number: 2017-003209

Spanish speaking client who is disabled needs assistance to obtain proper title for a mobile home and land he owns. He and his wife make $1,000 per month and they need to sell the mobile home and land to get money to survive. Client purchased the mobile home and land in June, 2002. The loan was paid in full. He was then sent a Certificate of Ownership. There were two lien holders/sellers involved in the sale, but neither signed the Certificate of Ownership. In addition, one of them died. He needs help finding the surviving lien holder to sign the Certificate of Ownership or he needs assistance to pursue a quiet title action to obtain title.

Case Number: 2017-001792

A 72-year old Spanish-speaking senior took her car to an auto repair shop in February, 2017 and was deceived as to repairs and cost of repairs. She received an estimate for $1,091 for a laundry list of repairs and was told to return in two weeks. She gave a $600 deposit at that time. When she returned for her car, she was presented with a larger bill for $2,521 for new repairs that were not authorized. The client demanded an explanation and was told to instead pay $1,000 and the remaining balance would be waived; she paid the additional cost for a total of $1,600. When she experienced similar car problems, she took her car back to the shop and they told her it was her problem and they would not work on her car again. She took her vehicle to another shop, where she received a quote for some of the same repairs she already paid the other shop to fix. The client would like her money back from the first garage for the repairs they did not make.

Case Number: 2017-004239

Client needs assistance with an auto deficiency matter. On August 8, 2017, bank sent client a Summons and Complaint. They are suing him for $12,445.17 for a vehicle that he does not own and did not enter an agreement for. The individual on the contract is someone else. That individual has a middle name and the client does not. They also have a different social security number. Opposing Counsel told him to file an Answer to the Complaint. And they know his social security number does not match the individual on the contract or the banking information. Client needs an attorney to help file a Motion to Dismiss.

Case Number: 2017-004151

83 year old client needs assistance with a real estate fraud issue. Client and her husband owned home in joint tenancy. In August 2015, client’s husband gave their son power of attorney. In November 2015, husband revoked the power of attorney. She has a notarized copy of revocation. Son added his name to the deed after power of attorney was revoked. In June 2017, husband died. Client needs an attorney’s assistance to remove son from the deed.

Domestic Violence

Case Number: 2016-005038

A domestic violence victim who suffers from mental health issues needs assistance with a divorce and support matter. Client is generally coherent and able to cooperate but she does suffer from episodes of mental confusion. The parties married in 1983 and are still living in the same home. The client states she has been sexually, physically, and emotionally abused by her husband. They own a home and she would like it sold and proceeds divided. They have several debts and the client is considering bankruptcy. The client would like to request spousal support.

Case Number: 2017-002084

Spanish speaking mother, a victim of domestic violence, needs assistance with a divorce, custody, and support matter. The parties married in September, 2012 and separated in September, 2016 due to domestic violence. In April, 2017 adverse party threatened client and told her she’d suffer consequences if she moved forward with divorce. The parties started arguing and adverse party grabbed applicant by the neck. She tried to fight back and scratched him on the nose. Client is seeking sole legal and sole physical custody of their three young children due to adverse party’s abuse of her and his abusive treatment of her children from another marriage. She also believes he is using drugs and would like him to have supervised visitation. They have no property or debt to divide.

Case Number: 2017-003234

Victim of domestic violence needs assistance with an open divorce case. The parties married in 1986 and separated in June 2017 when adverse party physically and emotionally abused client. He tore off her shirt and threw her face first into a fan. He threatened to kill her if she called the police. She feared him. Her neighbor called the police anonymously. She made a report and left to stay with her adult sons. Her husband filed a Complaint for Divorce and she was served. She has been advised to file an Answer. She would like half the equity in their home, her own car, and spousal support. Next Court Date: No dates currently set.

Case Number: 2017-003538

Domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce and support matter. The parties married in 1994 and separated in January 2017. Client suffered emotional and financial abuse. In January, 2017, parties got into an argument where he blamed client for his financial issues and his infidelity. He blocked her from leaving the home and forced her to have sex with him. She is seeking share of adverse party’s retirement benefits and alimony. Her income is about $1,200 per month, his income is approximately $8,000 per month. They have debt to divide.

Case Number: 2017-003714

Spanish speaking domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce and support matter. The parties married in 2014 and separated in June 2017. The client was physically and emotionally abused by her husband, who at one time tried to strangle her. In June, 2017, adverse party came home drunk. He hit and pushed client. She fell to the ground and hit her head; she went to the emergency room and has photos of bruises. In July, 2017 the court granted her a TPO. She has an extension hearing in August. Client lives with her 17 year old daughter from a previous relationship. There is debt to divide and client would like to request spousal support. Adverse party also has a retirement account.

Family Law (Divorce/Custody)

Case Number: 2016-005038

A domestic violence victim who suffers from mental health issues needs assistance with a divorce and support matter. Client is generally coherent and able to cooperate but she does suffer from episodes of mental confusion. The parties married in 1983 and are still living in the same home. The client states she has been sexually, physically, and emotionally abused by her husband. They own a home and she would like it sold and proceeds divided. They have several debts and the client is considering bankruptcy. The client would like to request spousal support.

Case Number: 2017-002084

Spanish speaking mother, a victim of domestic violence, needs assistance with a divorce, custody, and support matter. The parties married in September, 2012 and separated in September, 2016 due to domestic violence. In April, 2017 adverse party threatened client and told her she’d suffer consequences if she moved forward with divorce. The parties started arguing and adverse party grabbed applicant by the neck. She tried to fight back and scratched him on the nose. Client is seeking sole legal and sole physical custody of their three young children due to adverse party’s abuse of her and his abusive treatment of her children from another marriage. She also believes he is using drugs and would like him to have supervised visitation. They have no property or debt to divide.

Case Number: 2017-003234

Victim of domestic violence needs assistance with an open divorce case. The parties married in 1986 and separated in June 2017 when adverse party physically and emotionally abused client. He tore off her shirt and threw her face first into a fan. He threatened to kill her if she called the police. She feared him. Her neighbor called the police anonymously. She made a report and left to stay with her adult sons. Her husband filed a Complaint for Divorce and she was served. She has been advised to file an Answer. She would like half the equity in their home, her own car, and spousal support. Next Court Date: No dates currently set.

Case Number: 2017-003538

Domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce and support matter. The parties married in 1994 and separated in January 2017. Client suffered emotional and financial abuse. In January, 2017, parties got into an argument where he blamed client for his financial issues and his infidelity. He blocked her from leaving the home and forced her to have sex with him. She is seeking share of adverse party’s retirement benefits and alimony. Her income is about $1,200 per month, his income is approximately $8,000 per month. They have debt to divide.

Case Number: 2017-003714

Spanish speaking domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce and support matter. The parties married in 2014 and separated in June 2017. The client was physically and emotionally abused by her husband, who at one time tried to strangle her. In June, 2017, adverse party came home drunk. He hit and pushed client. She fell to the ground and hit her head; she went to the emergency room and has photos of bruises. In July, 2017 the court granted her a TPO. She has an extension hearing in August. Client lives with her 17 year old daughter from a previous relationship. There is debt to divide and client would like to request spousal support. Adverse party also has a retirement account.

Case Number: 2017-003951

Client, 70 years old and disabled, needs assistance with a divorce matter. The parties were married in January 2000. They still live under the same roof, but they are not together. They are no longer compatible because adverse party has a girlfriend. Client wants to discuss the marital home with the attorney.

Federal

Case Number: 2016-005583

This is a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case for general purpose appointment of counsel to Plaintiff. Plaintiff argues that Nevada Department of Corrections, Defendants, violated the First and Eighth Amendment. Defendants unreasonably searched and seized his legal work in retaliation for filing a grievance against them. In addition, they withheld and/or disposed of legal mail, so that he would miss filing deadlines for his lawsuit. Officers used excessive force when they slammed his head into the bunk. Then they handcuffed him and punched him repeatedly in the face. During the attack, officers caused permanent damage to his arm by twisting it and gave him two black eyes. The hospital took x-rays and documented his injuries. Prison officials then falsely imprisoned Plaintiff in maximum security prison when he was classified as a minimum security inmate. They did this in retaliation. The Department failed to answer his grievances within 45 days as required by AR 740. In June, 2016, the parties had a Settlement Conference, but it was unsuccessful. Plaintiff’s retaliation and excessive force claims survived summary judgment. Plaintiff’s request for preliminary injunction and restraining order were denied. There is a Jury Trial on August 8, 2017 in Reno. Documents available for review: Complaint, Answer, MSJ documents, Screening Order

Case Number: 2017-003033

This is a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case referred to the Federal Pro Bono Program for general purpose appointment of counsel to Plaintiff. Plaintiff is currently incarcerated at Northern Nevada Correctional Center. Plaintiff claims eighth amendment violations while incarcerated at Southern Desert Correctional Center. Defendants’ deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs left him blind in one eye. Defendants delayed his cataract eye surgery by three months, which caused an infection to develop and blind him. He even put Defendant on notice several times about his need of surgery and that it was delayed. But they did nothing until it was too late. Mediation was attempted but not successful. Documents available for review: Amended Complaint, Answer, Screening Order, Docket Sheet, Referral Order.

Case Number: 2017-003598

This is a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 civil rights case referred to the Federal Pro Bono Program for general purpose appointment of counsel to Plaintiff. Plaintiff is currently incarcerated. He brings this action against the sheriff and twenty other individual Police Department officers for: 1) excessive use of force under the Fourth Amendment, 2) assault and battery, 3) intentional infliction of severe emotional distress, and 4) negligence. Plaintiff alleges that detectives harassed and threatened his friends and family for a month prior to the officers locating him. On August 26, 2009, officers found plaintiff on the bathroom floor lying on his stomach. He only had boxers on. Officers brutally punched and kicked Plaintiff into submission. They beat him with a canister until he fainted. They beat him with such force that his nose collapsed into his face. They beat him until they broke his shoulder off. Thereafter, Plaintiff was taken to the hospital where doctors had to stitch his face back together, pull his nose out, treat multiple lacerations, and perform surgery on his shoulder. On February 21, 2014, the court granted Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss. Plaintiff then filed a motion for reconsideration, which the court denied. In April of 2015, Plaintiff appealed the order for reconsideration. In August 2016, the Ninth Circuit reversed and remanded Judgment. Documents available for review: Screening Order, Referral Order, Complaint, Motion to Dismiss, Order on Motion to Dismiss, Order Denying Reconsideration, and Ninth Circuit Order.

Case Number: 2016-005069

This is a case referred to the Federal Pro Bono Program for general purpose appointment of counsel to Plaintiff. This case arises out of foreclosure proceedings against Plaintiff’s property in Henderson. In October 2011, Plaintiff and Defendant entered into a modification agreement to reduce Plaintiff’s monthly payments and interest rate. Thereafter, Defendant attempted to force Plaintiff to sign another modification agreement to increase the payments and interest. They called Plaintiff at all hours of the day. Plaintiff refused their offer. He was never behind on his monthly payments and continued paying. However, Defendant then began returning his payments and foreclosed on Plaintiff’s home. Defendant did not even come to the mediation with documentation. In December 2014, Defendant removed the instant action to this Court.  Plaintiff amended his Complaint asserting the following claims against Bank and Servicer: (1) breach of contract; (2) fraud; (3) specific performance; (4) breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing; and (5) intentional infliction of emotional distress. Judge Navarro has granted Defendant Servicer’s Motion for Summary Judgment and Clerk’s Judgment has been entered in favor of Servicer. Defendant Bank’s motion for summary judgment was granted in part and denied in part. Plaintiff’s claim for Breach of Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing survives. Documents available for review: Complaint, Amended Complaint, Answer from Bank, Summary Judgment Order, and Referral to Pro bono Program Minutes.

Immigration

Case Number: 2017-001442

50 year old father and 15 year old son from Honduras are seeking asylum. They entered the United States on December 27, 2016. Mom is still in Honduras with her new husband. Dad owned a small business and local gang members were demanding dad pay protection money or be killed. The son was also subject to an attempted kidnapping by gang members while he was at school. On another occasion, gang members attempted to run the son over with their car and grabbed him by his backpack. After that incident, dad and son left Honduras. They fear for their safety in Honduras. Client is currently in removal proceedings. Child may be candidate for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ). Next Court Date: Master Hearing August 1, 2017 at 8:30 am.

Case Number: 2017-002089

29 year old mother and 5 year old son from El Salvador are seeking asylum. They entered the U.S. in January, 2017. They fled El Salvador because the client’s live-in boyfriend (child’s father) and brother were murdered by gangs. They had a small business and in early 2016 the gangs demanded money, $1,000 per month. Her boyfriend wasn’t able to pay the full amount so the gang members came into his business and shot him and client’s brother who was working for him. Client has a news article regarding the murders. The day of the funeral, client received a call from the gang threatening to kill her if she made any reports and telling her to leave town before she ended up like her boyfriend and brother. Client is currently in removal proceedings. Next Court Date: August 7, 2017

Case Number: 2017-002102

44 year old father and 13 year old son from Guatemala are seeking asylum. They entered the U.S. in December, 2016. They fled Guatemala due to extortion from gangs. In June, 2016 client was working construction and selling tools on the side. The gangs believed he had money. He received a call from the gangs demanding $5,000 quetzals (about $750) a month. They threatened to kill him if he didn’t pay. His brother has a business and gangs have demanded money from him as well. The gangs contacted him again and he told them he had no money to give. He then left town with his son. His wife remained in Guatemala. Client is currently in removal proceedings. Attorney may want to submit separate asylum to USCIS for son only. Next Court Date: August 7, 2017 at 9:00 am

Case Number: 2017-002233

33 year old mother, 13 year old son, 7 year old daughter, and 5 year old daughter from Honduras are seeking asylum. They entered the U.S. in January, 2017. They fled Honduras due to threats from drug dealers. Client’s husband was imprisoned for drug trafficking in 2014. At that time, drug dealers went to clients home and threatened to kill her if she or her husband cooperated with police. Drug dealers continued to call client and make threats whenever she was visited family. They told her they knew where she was. Client was afraid whenever she left her house. She moved many times to try and hide and eventually moved in with her mother. In November, 2016, the drug dealers broke into her mother’s house and held the three children at gunpoint. They grabbed client by the hair and told her if her husband signed any papers with police they would send him their children’s heads on a platter. Client fled with children the next morning. Client is currently in removal proceedings. Children may be candidates for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ). Next Court Date: August 7, 2017 at 9:00 am

Case Number: 2017-002365

19-year old mother and 2 year old daughter from Guatemala are seeking asylum. They entered the U.S. in April, 2016. They fled Guatemala because client’s boyfriend (child’s father) was stabbed by gang members. In February, 2015 client and boyfriend were walking out of bank when gang members approached and demanded money. When they didn’t pay, gang member stabbed the child’s father. They filed a report with police but the gang member was never caught. After reporting the incident to the police, they have feared for their lives. They have moved multiple times and finally moved with client’s mother for protection. Gang members throw rocks at the house taunting child’s father to come out so they can get revenge. They moved again but gang members continue to make threats against their lives. Client is currently in removal proceedings. Next Court Date: Unknown

Case Number: 2017-002359

27 year old mother and 2 year old daughter from Honduras are seeking asylum. They entered the U.S. in December, 2016. They fled Honduras because applicant’s cousin threatened her brother and she told him to leave her alone. Cousin got into a group with narcos and he told her that if he saw her, he would kill her. He put a machete to her throat and told her he was going to kill her but when her dad arrived, he stopped. She went to live with her dad but he continued to threaten her and told her he bought the police and she has no place to hide. Client is currently in removal proceedings. Child may be candidate for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ). Next Court Date: Master Hearing August 9, 2017 at 9:00 am.

Case Number: 2017-002369

26 year old mother, 8 year old daughter, and 3 year old son from El Salvador are seeking asylum. They entered the U.S. in December, 2016. They fled El Salvador because client received death threats by a gang (18). She lived in one of their properties and didn’t have money to pay rent so they threatened to kill her and her children. Her parents live in the same zone where she lived and therefore she cannot return. Client is currently in removal proceedings. Child may be candidate for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ). Next Court Date: Unknown

Case Number: 2017-002551

43 year old father and 14 year old son from El Salvador are seeking asylum. They entered the U.S. in February, 2017. They fled El Salvador because they received threats from the MS Mara gang. In December, 2016 they demanded money as rent. There were no physical attacks but verbal and serious. Client’s son indicated that around October, 2016 he was approached by the gang at school. They offered him marijuana and to join them. He ignored them. They came back and said they were going to hit him. He told his instructors and they took him home. The harassment at school was ongoing. Client is currently in removal proceedings. Next Court Date: August 29, 2017 at 8:30am

Case Number: 2017-002689

ASYLUM & SIJ CONSULTATION ONLY for experienced immigration attorney: 45 year old mom and 16 year old daughter are seeking asylum. They entered the U.S. in February, 2017. They fled El Salvador because Mom was threatened over a property dispute with family. She went to the police to file a complaint and the individuals threatened her further. Then, someone broke into their home. The neighbors started sleeping over because they were afraid the person would come back to hurt them. The individuals threatened to harm the daughter. Child may be candidate for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ). Client is currently in removal proceedings. Next Court Date: August 9, 2017 at 9:00 am

Case Number: 2017-003737

28 year old mother and 6 year old daughter from El Salvador are seeking asylum. They entered the U.S. in December, 2016. They fled El Salvador because client was gang raped and they received death threats by a gang if they were not given money. Client reported the abuse and the perpetrator admitted that he did it. Despite this, the police and court refused to do anything. She believes that the police are protecting the gangs. She fears that the gang will kill them if they return. Client is currently in removal proceedings. Child may be candidate for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ). Next Court Date: October 23, 2017 at 9:00 am.

Real Estate Fraud

Case Number: 2017-003209

Spanish speaking client who is disabled needs assistance to obtain proper title for a mobile home and land he owns. He and his wife make $1,000 per month and they need to sell the mobile home and land to get money to survive. Client purchased the mobile home and land in June, 2002. The loan was paid in full. He was then sent a Certificate of Ownership. There were two lien holders/sellers involved in the sale, but neither signed the Certificate of Ownership. In addition, one of them died. He needs help finding the surviving lien holder to sign the Certificate of Ownership or he needs assistance to pursue a quiet title action to obtain title.

Case Number: 2017-004151

83 year old client needs assistance with a real estate fraud issue. Client and her husband owned home in joint tenancy. In August 2015, client’s husband gave their son power of attorney. In November 2015, husband revoked the power of attorney. She has a notarized copy of revocation. Son added his name to the deed after power of attorney was revoked. In June 2017, husband died. Client needs an attorney’s assistance to remove son from the deed.