Case Number: 2021-012774 (Urgent)

An individual, her husband, and her daughter are seeking asylum from Cuba. They fear that if they are returned to Cuba they will be imprisoned and tortured for their political opinions. They have already been harassed by the regime’s police for their opinions, which is what prompted them to flee the country. The I-589, Application for Asylum, has been filed and they are in removal proceedings in Texas. They will need a change of venue. This individual is seeking assistance for her and her family in their asylum case. Next hearing(s): June 21, 2022. Client is Spanish-speaking and an interpreter is available through the Legal Aid Center’s Volunteer Interpreter Program upon request.

Case Number: 2021-023557

A mother and daughter from Venezuela would like assistance with an asylum claim based on political opinion. The applicant and her husband owned a bakery in Venezuela and a political group wanted them to support them by initially only serving Chavista supporters then providing free food to them. They declined to do either and were persecuted as a result of their refusal to help. They endured threats and physical abuse from the political leaders in the community and decided they had to leave the country to be safe. Everyone had tourist visas expect the youngest child, the daughter. The father and son were able to fly into the US with their tourist visa. Thus, they are not in removal proceedings and have a pending application for TPS. Because the youngest child did not have a visa, mom entered with that child at the border via Mexico. They were both placed in proceedings. They have filed for TPS. It is very likely that the judge will grant another continuance at their next hearing to determine the outcome of the TPS application. This case is unique because the mom and daughter should still file the asylum application because TPS isn’t a permanent form of relief. The two need an attorney to attend the court hearing on 10/28 and advise the court of the pending TPS application and assist in the asylum application.  Clients are Spanish-speaking and an interpreter is available through the Legal Aid Center’s Volunteer Interpreter Program upon request.  Next hearing(s): October 28, 2021.

Case Number: 2021-024122

A mother and her daughter purchased a condo in September 2020. They split escrow and the down payment, totaling approximately $8,000. Since the purchase, the mother has paid half the mortgage every month, approximately $700/month, and paid all utilities. Since the purchase, she and her daughter have had nothing but issues living together. The daughter has been trying to force her mother out of the property since the end of 2020. The mother has tried to negotiate her half of the funds to be returned so she can leave the property to her daughter, but her daughter refuses to accept the deal. On September 2nd, 2021, the daughter stopped the mother from going to work and told her they had an appointment with a notary. The daughter misled the mother by telling her they would be signing an agreement so that the mother could get half of her funds and remove herself from the property. The daughter also told her mother that the agreement mentioned she would not evict her even after removing herself from title. The mother was relieved and thought her daughter was coming to her senses at that point, so she attended their notary appointment and, without question, signed off on the paperwork provided to her. Upon signing, the mother contacted Legal Aid Center to let the intake advocate know their issues had been resolved and provided a copy of what she signed. The document she signed was in English and appears to release her name from title without consideration.  When the intake advocate informed her of what the document said, she was really distraught and stated that she did not know she signed off on her interest because she doesn’t speak English, let alone read it, and she was relying on what her daughter told her. The mother is still in the condo with the daughter and is afraid she will be evicted, but no notice has been served yet. She is desperately seeking any legal options to fight for the property or recover her money and avoid eviction. Spanish-speaking and an interpreter is available through the Legal Aid Center’s Volunteer Interpreter Program upon request.