Washington, DC (July 18, 2018) – Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox is proud to announce the successful release of a father from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center and the reunification he has had with his son. After a perilous travel from Honduras, where they were subject to gang-related violence, the two were separated at the U.S./Mexico border due to the family separation policy that was in place at the time of their arrival. The Sterne Kessler pro bono team including Director, Christian Camarce; Associates, Stephanie Nguyen and James Buchanan; and Legal Secretary, Stacy Hill, worked hard to fight bureaucratic hurdles to ensure that the client could remain in the country due to the extreme danger he faced in his home country.

“We are overjoyed by our client’s release from ICE custody, and I am proud of the energy our team brought to this effort in order to make an immediate difference in the lives of our client and his son. And, we are grateful for the support and mentoring of our pro bono partner Sophia Gregg of the Legal Aid Justice Center,” said Director Sal Bezos, lead of Sterne Kessler’s immigration-focused pro bono matters. “We will continue to engage pro bono clients struggling to navigate the convoluted U.S. immigration system.”

With the help of the Legal Aid Justice Center, both father and son will be leaving temporary shelter in the Midwest and will have transportation coordinated, so they can return to the East Coast where they will be reunited with family members.

This successful immigration pro bono matter immediately follows an immigration unification case the firm won for an unaccompanied minor in May (see here).

Sterne Kessler has a strong dedication to providing pro bono efforts to many deserving organizations and underserved communities—both locally and internationally. A list of representative matters the team has supported, as well as further information on the practice is available here

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Founded in 1978 and based in Washington, D.C., Sterne Kessler is dedicated exclusively to the protection, transfer, and enforcement of intellectual property rights. Our team of attorneys, registered patent agents, students, and technical specialists include some of the country’s most respected practitioners of intellectual property law. Most of our professionals hold an advanced level degree, including more than 45 masters degrees and over 50 with a doctorate in science or engineering — credentials wide and deep enough to fill the faculty of a science-oriented university.