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Carlos fled his Central American country at age 16 to escape a father who beat him violently, refused to let him attend school, and threatened to kill him.  He was stopped by Border Patrol and detained shortly after crossing into the U.S.  His uncle lived in Maine, and ILAP helped him gain Carlos’s release into his custody.  After Carlos arrived in Maine, ILAP helped him apply for residency as an abused juvenile who would be harmed if returned to his home country.  ILAP convinced the Immigration Court to close Carlos’ deportation proceedings so that he could apply for residency with the Immigration Service, rather than the court. 

ILAP then worked to get all the necessary rulings from the local courts in Maine regarding the abuse so that Carlos could apply for his residency.  Various procedural and legal obstacles arose along the way that ILAP helped Carlos navigate.  A little more than two years after arriving in the U.S., Carlos became a permanent resident.  Carlos now is living safely with his uncle’s family and is ecstatic to be living safe from abuse and working to complete his schooling.

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