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2014 JOSEPH A. VAIL WORKSHOP FOCUSES ON NEEDS OF UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN

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Nearly 60,000 children have been caught crossing the U.S. border since Oct. 2013, and throughout their journey
they become witnesses or even victims of crimes, said Veronica Bernal, an immigration clinical supervising fellow
at UH Law Center. Bernal along with nine immigration specialists spoke as a part of the 14th annual Joseph A.
Vail workshop.

The event was hosted by the University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic, the Cabrini Center of Catholic
Charities and YMCA international. The annual workshop is named in honor of the late Law Center Professor
Joseph A. Vail who founded the Law Center Immigration Clinic.

The workshop was designed to advise attorneys on how to help immigrant children and women and covered many
topics including the Violence Against Women Act, Crime Victims Visa, Human Trafficking Visa, and Asylum.

In the day-long workshop, Geoffrey A. Hoffman, director of the UH Law Center Immigration Clinic, spoke about
asylum claims. Hoffman emphasized the importance of knowing how to approach the client, especially children
who can be sensitive. “We are proactive in the clinic; we call their house or go out and meet our client if we
have to, because at times they do not have ways of coming out here,” he said.

He also encouraged attorneys in attendance to do their part. “We are here to serve you as mentors,” Hoffman
said.

2014 ARRIVAL AWARDS HONOR FOUR IMMIGRANT HOUSTONIANS

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Supporters of the University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic gathered on March 6 to raise funds and
honor four Houstonians for their outstanding achievements in their careers and communities since immigrating to
the United States. Winners of the 2014 Arrival Awards are: Sofia Adrogué, Law Center class of ’91,of Gray Reed
& McGraw, P.C.; Taseer Badar, ZT Wealth and Altus Health; Mary Foreman, philanthropist; and Dr. Adan Rios,
The University of Texas Medical Branch. Former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman accepted the
award on behalf of his wife who was unable to attend.

Interim Dean Richard M. Alderman welcomed guests to the River Oaks Country Club reception and thanked them
for their support over the years. “Your support is what makes it possible for the Law Center’s Immigration Clinic
to keep providing vital services to the community, and continue training the next generation of lawyers, many of
whom have joined us tonight,” he said. “It is my privilege to be here tonight to honor the work of our clinic, and
to celebrate the accomplishments of our four exceptional honorees.”

                                                                                                                             Geoffrey A. Hoffman,
                                                                                                                             director of the UH
                                                                                                                             Immigration Clinic,
                                                                                                                             discusses the differ-
                                                                                                                             ent ways attorneys
                                                                                                                             can aid unaccompa-
                                                                                                                             nied children with
                                                                                                                             their immigration
                                                                                                                             status.

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