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CHCI Alumni Get Involved to Stop the Humanitarian Border Crisis

Meet the CHCI Alumni Working on the Front Lines of the Humanitarian Border Crisis

As the humanitarian crisis continues on our nation’s border, a growing group of CHCI Alumni are doing their part to provide assistance to the thousands of children that have made the treacherous trip to seek refuge in our country. CHCI is extremely proud to highlight the following alumni for their commitment to the community and tireless work towards supporting these refugee children. Join us in congratulating:

Mary Elizabeth “Liz” Cedillo-Pereira (1993-1994 Public Policy Fellow): As an immigration attorney at her own Dallas law firm, Cedillo-Pereira & Associates, LLC, Mary Elizabeth participated in American Bar Association Delegation meeting with officials dealing with the crisis and visiting shelters in San Antonio to seek ways to provide legal representation to unaccompanied children.

Andrea Martini (2002 CHCI Intern): Andrea Martini, is currently serving as volunteer attorney for the unaccompanied migrant children who have already been sent to Miami and are scheduled to appear at the Miami Immigration Court. Through the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s South Florida Chapter (AILA) – where she serves as 1st vice president of the board – she is advocating to host an attorney for one year in order to provide pro bono legal services and help organizations serving unaccompanied minors near the border. Andreas is also active through her church, helping them organize an intercommunity panel discussion on the issue of unaccompanied minors.

Gladis Molina Alt (2002-2003 Public Policy Fellow): Gladis Molina has taken to the airwaves to  bring attention to the crisis. As a managing attorney for the The Florence Project, Gladis has provided valuable expertise on the issue. She has been interviewed by José Cárdenas from PBS on “Legal Process for Undocumented Minors”, and on AZCentral on the “Surge in Unaccompanied Minors Hitting Courts”.

M. Lucero Ortiz (2007-2008 Graduate Law Fellow): As an attorney and former presidential appointee, Lucero has continued CHCI’s tradition of giving back to the community. She is currently serving as a volunteer attorney for unaccompanied minors with RAICES (Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services) in San Antonio, working with legal intakes and referrals.

If you have further information on other organizations, groups, or individuals that are galvanizing relief efforts, please send them to CHCICares@chci.org.

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in solidarity with the human side of this crisis.

Long-term solutions will be needed to address the systemic problems of violence, poverty, and human trafficking that have contributed to the crisis. We all have to do our part to help shed light on the issue, and lend our expertise to quell the growing demand for action in our borders.

Visit these sites for more information on how you can support relief efforts:

The Border Kids Relief Project
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
Solidarity Strategies
South Texas Refugee Response
The UN Refugee Agency
Women’s Refugee Commission
Catholic Charities

Thank you for caring!

CHCI & the CHCI Alumni Association