3 March 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Each year more than 5,000 children—many of whom have experienced trafficking, abuse, persecution, domestic violence, or other horrors—go through complex immigration court proceedings alone, without legal counsel. Founded in 2005 by UNHCR, through a generous donation from UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie, the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children is seeking lawyers to help children meaningfully access asylum and other forms of humanitarian protection by donating their time. The Center is being implemented in partnership with the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
The key to the success of this center is the commitment of large law firms to provide pro bono services in their communities.
Tuesday, March 8, 2005 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by Holland & Knight LLP
The J.W. Marriott Hotel Ballroom
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004 tel. (202) 393-2000
Angelina Jolie, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador
The Honorable Sam Brownback, US Senate
The Honorable Michael Creppy, Chief Immigration Judge (invited)
Howell W. Melton Jr., Managing Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
Martha W. Barnett, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP and Former ABA President
Acting Senior Public Information Officer
(202) 296-5595 ext. 23
(703) 932-7189 (cell)