After building a family and spending years as a stay-at-home mom of three children, Melody Smith* learned through local TV news coverage that her husband, Robert*, had been indicted for fraudulent and criminal activity related to the use of client investment funds.
In 2003, Veronica Martinez-Santos fled to the United States from Guatemala. Her daughter, Juana, and sons Pedro and Juan Carlos followed in 2005, trekking for two weeks through Mexico to escape persecution by MS-13 gang members who had killed their eldest brother.
After suffering a stroke and other significant health issues by the time he was in his early 60s, California resident Matthew Reed was unable to prepare food, use the bathroom independently or perform other basic functions. He couldn’t safely remain home alone, but his wife needed to work nights to pay their rent and other necessary expenses.
With her pro bono legal team, Jennifer Arguijo spent years seeking eligibility for a change in her immigration status under a provision of the Violence Against Women Act. Their victory sets a new legal precedent and wins other abuse survivors the opportunity to petition for relief
After Daniel Green was paralyzed in a bicycle accident, the IRS disallowed his claimed medical expense deductions on that year’s tax return. The resulting financial burden would have forced him and his family out of their home. They worked with their McDermott team to secure a favorable settlement.
As a result of his military service in Vietnam, Mr. R developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and tonsil cancer, which he argued was related to Agent Orange exposure. After the war, he received monthly benefits for a 30% rating for PTSD, and no benefits for tonsil cancer, since the US Department of Veterans Affairs (the VA) did not agree that it was connected to his service.
Mussie Mehari Zerae was forcibly conscripted into the Eritrean military as a teenager. When he questioned the government’s conscription policy and conditions for soldiers during unit meetings with military leaders, he was arrested and removed from his home. Over the course of more than a year, he was tortured and imprisoned in deplorable and overcrowded conditions.
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