CBJC's Immigrant Women & Children Project Recognizes Paul, Weiss and Amy Beaux for Outstanding Pro Bono Immigration Work
Friday, January 31, 2014
- City Bar Justice Center
Since 1996, the Immigrant Women and Children Project (IWC) of the City Bar Justice Center has trained pro bono attorneys to assist immigrant victims of crimes including domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and human trafficking. The law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has long partnered with IWC in a number of ways to represent survivors of violent crimes. Paul Weiss attorneys assist clients with the preparation of immigration applications, including special immigration relief under the Violence Against Women Act through self-petitions and battered spouse waivers. IWC and Paul Weiss partners work together to assist applicants with U visas, for those survivors of violent crimes who cooperated with law enforcement, as well as T visas for trafficking victims. The City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women and Children Project is delighted to recognize Paul Weiss for its outstanding pro bono contributions.
Amy Beaux, an associate at Paul Weiss, has represented several clients in her first year as an IWC volunteer. One of Ms. Beaux’s clients is Ms. Q, a Mexican immigrant and survivor of domestic violence. For ten years Ms. Q endured physical, verbal, and sexual abuse from her partner and the father of her three children. Ms. Beaux responded quickly to a deadline requesting additional evidence on a challenging issue and received a positive outcome for Ms. Q including work authorization. Ms. Q is now doing very well along with her three children. Ms Beaux also represented Ms. D, a young woman who was sexually abused and raped by a family member as a young child. Ms. D. reported the abuse and assisted law enforcement in investigating the crime and prosecuting her assailant. Ms. Beaux also was able to assist Ms. Q in applying for a U visa including Ms. D’s mother and brother in her petition. Ms. Beaux collected all the necessary documentation and carefully interviewed and drafted Ms. D’s compelling statement. In record-breaking time, Ms. D’s case was approved. Ms. Beaux’s assistance in this matter was especially important in keeping the family together and hopeful for the future. Ms. D is currently a college student and is looking forward to being able to work lawfully upon graduation.
If you would like further information on human trafficking and the work of IWC, please see our recent report “Spotlight on 150 Human Trafficking Cases” that presents demographic and other information on human trafficking cases handled by IWC from 2002 through the summer of 2013. These cases demonstrate the need for well-trained pro bono counsel and the myriad of complex legal issues affecting trafficking victims, including immigration, civil litigation, family reunification, restitution, and criminal justice advocacy. Thanks to Rebecca Behr, who coordinates pro bono projects at Paul Weiss, and the firm’s graphics department for designing a compelling graphic presentation of the case data from eleven years of trafficking cases at IWC. The Immigrant Women and Children Project is very grateful to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP for all the firm’s longstanding commitment to assisting the clients of the Immigrant Women and Children Project.