ASYLUM AND OTHER PROTECTIONS
Throughout her career, Emily Love has successfully represented people fleeing persecution in their home countries and seeking asylum in the United States. She has represented asylum-seekers from around the world, including Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in front of Immigration Judges, and before the Board of Immigration Appeals.
In late 2015 and again in 2018, Ms. Love spent time volunteering at the South Texas Family Detention Center in Dilley Texas, where she worked with Central American women and children detained after fleeing their home countries. During her time in Dilley, Ms. Love joined other volunteer and staff attorneys from the CARA pro bono project to help women prepare for credible fear interviews with USCIS asylum officers who could decide whether they would be released from custody to pursue their claims for political asylum. In addition to interview preparation, Ms. Love successfully represented several applicants seeking review of negative determinations by an Immigration Judge or by an Asylum Officer.
Fortunately, these “Baby Jail” facilities were closed near the beginning of the Biden administration, although many challenges remain in the pursuit of fair, just and humane treatment of immigrants.
Among her other asylum cases, Ms. Love has successfully represented women of Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe seeking asylum after fleeing from gender-based percussion in their home countries. An article by Ms. Love entitled “Equity in Political Asylum Law: For a legislative Recognition of Gender-based Persecution” was published by the Harvard Women’s Law Journal.
Protections for Victims of Abuse and Crimes
Ms. Love has successfully represented many men and women seeking lawful immigration status under The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) after they have been subject to extreme physical or emotional abuse by a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident spouse or parent. In addition, Ms. Love has successfully represented many clients seeking protection and Lawful Permanent Residence under the U Visa program for victims of certain crimes who cooperate with authorities investigating and prosecuting the crimes.
Additional Protections and Discretionary Grants
Ms. Love has helped children seeking protection and lawful immigration status through Special Immigrant Juvenile visas, successfully representing them in the State Juvenile Court, before USCIS, and the Immigration Court.
When President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program in 2012, as an advocate, Ms. Love dedicated herself to informing young people about the requirements and benefits of the program. As an attorney, she has assisted numerous young people seeking employment authorization, permission to visit sick family members abroad, and protection from deportation through DACA. In addition to filing for the initial grants, she has represented applicants seeking to renew their DACA registration.
Following President Trump’s Executive Order in late January 2017 restricting the travel and entry of refugees and citizens and nationals of certain countries, Ms. Love became an active participant of the Legal Response Team at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. This is a group of volunteer attorneys advocating for and counseling detained travelers and their families.
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