CALG partner M.C. Sungaila serves as an adjunct professor for Loyola Law School’s Ninth Circuit Clinic. She and the Clinic were appointed pro bono counsel by the court for Karla Henriquez-Ceron and her son Eduardo Castro Henriquez, who were appealing the denial of Karla’s asylum and withholding of removal claims.

A migrant from El Salvador, Karla was escaping persecution as a woman married to a member of the military who was prohibited from leaving that relationship and justifiably terrified of doing so. The immigration judge and Board of Immigration Appeals had ruled against her.

M.C. oversaw the law students’ briefing and prepared them to argue the appeal in April. Earlier this month, the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion reversing that ruling and remanding for further proceedings. The decision will give Karla another opportunity to establish her claims of persecution and, potentially, remain lawfully in the United States.

You can read the memorandum disposition by clicking here.