Clinic wins deportation case for Guatemalan

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Law Center Immigration Clinic students, under the direction of Supervising Attorney Janet Beck, have won a “Withholding of Removal” order for a transgendered client who was facing deportation to Guatemala. “The students did such an excellent job that the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) has chosen not to appeal the case,” Immigration Clinic Director Geoffrey Hoffman said. The client had been detained for 10 months after a minor offense and could suffer persecution and possibly death if returned to Guatemala, the students argued. Hoffman said the trio of students – Karina Gonzalez ’10,  Tanya Broholm ’10  and Magda Gonzalez 3L – worked tirelessly to obtain expert testimony and prepare the client for trial even after she had been moved from a Conroe detention center to a facility in the Valley. Broholm and Beck flew to Harlingen for a hearing where the immigration judge granted the withholding order. The client was not eligible for asylum, but the order means she can remain in the U.S. and work. 

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