July 26, 2023 |

Kibler Fowler & Cave LLP Obtains Guardianship and Special Immigrant Juvenile Findings for Pro Bono Client

Kibler Fowler & Cave LLP has a longstanding commitment to pro bono legal work, and we encourage and support involvement from KF&C attorneys in representing underserved individuals and organizations. Associate Sara Borjigin is currently representing a 12-year-old child who was abandoned by his parents and fled Honduras after he was recruited and threatened with bodily harm by gang members. The client, who was referred to the Firm by Kids In Need Of Defense (KIND), petitioned the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, to grant guardianship to his uncle and aunt-in-law, his only relatives in the U.S., and issue Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) findings indicating that reunification with his parents is not viable and that it would not be in his best interest to return to Honduras.

After a hearing on July 19, the Court granted our client’s petition for guardianship to his uncle, and, importantly, found that reunification with his parents is not viable and it is not in his best interest to send him back to Honduras. The SIJ findings are a crucial first step in light of the client’s pending removal before the immigration court, in order to allow him to petition for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Sara is also representing the client in those proceedings.

The Firm applauds Sara for partnering with KIND to provide life-changing legal services to unaccompanied minors and for her relentless advocacy on behalf of her client.

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