The following article, written by Cassie Haddad, appeared February 16, 2017 in the Toledo City Paper. The executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Jan. 27 banning travel from seven countries and indefinitely halting Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States disrupted numerous American lives. Although the order has been blocked by a federal […]
Losing a parent is difficult at any age, but it can be even harder when you are not a U.S. citizen. Jessica, her parents, and her two brothers moved to the U.S. when she was five years old. After her father left the family and was deported, Jessica’s mother became ill and died unexpectedly. Alone in the world, Jessica and her brothers were not sure where to turn.
Pascal is a 66-year-old man who originally came to the United States as a refugee from Burundi. Because of a learning disability made worse by living through Burundi’s ethnic warfare, Pascal was unable to learn to read or write in English.
Juanita has worked in the fields as a migrant farmworker since she was a child. During an outreach visit to her labor camp from an ABLE advocate, she learned about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
After her police-officer husband was killed in the line of duty, Gloria had to find a way to provide for her family. She placed her children in her mother’s care and left El Salvador for work in the United States.
Collaboration and coordination of legal expertise among ABLE attorneys and staff effectively met a number of needs for Charles, a homeless Cameroonian man with mental health issues.
Born in Mexico, Rosa entered the United States as a young child, arriving in Toledo where she graduated from high school. She is now 24-years-old and was recently detained by the U.S. Border Patrol at a gas station in Toledo.
Vivienne’s traffickers promised her a better-paying job and the chance to go to school in America. What they gave her when she arrived from Malawi was a brutal life of domestic servitude.
Rob’s mother left him in the care of a relative and came to the United States from Jamaica to make a better life for herself and her son. Two years later, Rob joined his mother, who had become a U.S. citizen. At this time, Rob was 8-years-old, his parents had never married, and he never met his father.
Statement on the Rights of Immigrants & Refugees
Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) stands with other non-profit and legal services organizations, community groups, and concerned residents during this time of great concern for immigrants and refugees living in northwest and west central Ohio. Resources for legal services to low-income refugees and immigrants are nearly nonexistent in our 32-county service area. ABLE is the only provider of these services in northwest and west central Ohio. As lawyers and advocates who serve in the public interest, we remain committed to providing legal representation and legal counseling to vulnerable refugees and immigrants, working to protect their rights under our Constitution and laws.
Whether you are a U.S. citizen, come from a mixed status family, or have immigrant friends, neighbors or coworkers, now is the time for us to protect one another. There are small things you can do to help keep families together—Know Your Rights! And make sure everyone in our community know their rights too. >> Download […]
Traditionally, “sanctuary” is a term that has been used to describe the protection of individuals in a place of worship. With respect to immigrants, different faith groups may use this term in different ways, but sanctuary is generally considered to involve providing comfort and assistance to immigrants and their family members at risk of apprehension […]
IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT (PDF) PRESENTATIONS & CLINICS