VECINA’s Board of Directors Welcomes Melissa Silva

We are thrilled to welcome Melissa Silva to our Board of Directors! Melissa was born and raised in South Texas, and the Rio Grande Valley will always have a special place in her heart. After graduating from The University of Texas, she spent time in a campus ministry working with Latino college students at Southern Methodist…

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VECINA’s Board of Directors Welcomes Melissa Silva

VECINA’s Board of Directors Welcomes Penelope Codrington

We are thrilled to announce that Penelope Codrington has joined our board! Penelope was born in England to West Indian parents. She immigrated to the United States from Barbados as a teenager. She is currently a corporate attorney and deal facilitator in Washington DC. Penelope has practiced law in the United States and in Europe for…

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VECINA’s Board of Directors Welcomes Penelope Codrington

Akin Gump Pro Bono Rock Stars Join VECINA as Mentors

VECINA is excited to announce that five attorneys from the law firm Akin Gump have joined VECINA as mentors. Akin Gump is a global law firm dedicated to social justice. It has a robust pro bono practice in which many of its attorneys participate. All of our new mentors have vast experience in asylum law…

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Akin Gump Pro Bono Rock Stars Join VECINA as Mentors

VECINA Pro Bono Attorneys Receive Parole Grant for Minor Client with Kidney Issues

In May 2020, two of our pro bono attorneys, Imani and Anjelica, began representing a family of four from Venezuela, under the supervision of VECINA’s Virginia Raymond. The older child has a kidney issue that requires continued medical attention. The family tried to raise this issue with the court twice in January and February when…

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VECINA Pro Bono Attorneys Receive Parole Grant for Minor Client with Kidney Issues

EOIR and DOJ Will Not Resume MPP Hearings Until Certain Criteria Are Met

The Department of Justice and the Executive Office for Immigration Review announced Friday that it will not resume hearings under the Migrant Protection Protocols until certain criteria are met. Those criteria are as follows: Texas, Arizona, and California must all be in Phase 3 of their reopening plans; The Department of State and the Center…

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EOIR and DOJ Will Not Resume MPP Hearings Until Certain Criteria Are Met

MPP Hearings Tentatively Scheduled to Resume on July 20th

The Department of Homeland Security and Executive Office for Immigration Review Issued a joint statement on the scheduling of hearings subject to the Migrant Protection Protocol. Below is the official statement: Joint DHS/EOIR Statement on MPP Rescheduling The Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) remain committed to proceeding with Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)…

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MPP Hearings Tentatively Scheduled to Resume on July 20th

MPP Cases Face Further Delays and Confusing Instructions

Last night, the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the Department of Justice issued a joint statement announcing further delays in Migrant Protection Protocol cases due to COVID-19. Not only did the agencies announce an additional delay, but it also issued confusing instructions as to when asylum seekers should appear at the point of entry…

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MPP Cases Face Further Delays and Confusing Instructions