Katie Chatterton in KIND: A Third Victory and a First Juvenile Asylum Win


Katie Chatterton, an associate at Haynes and Boone, LLP in Houston, is no stranger to working with vulnerable children in immigration court. Katie recently won immigration status for her third KIND client and is already working on her fourth case. Katie's recent win marks both her first juvenile asylum grant and a first asylum win for KIND's Houston office. Rodrigo gained asylum due to the severe persecution he suffered in Guatemala. Both Katie and KIND staff in Houston said that Rodrigo is one of the most remarkable kids they have ever met, and this victory has not only been life changing for Rodrigo, but for them as well.

Rodrigo came to the United States when he was 15 years old to flee horrific physical, emotional, and verbal abuse from his father. Because of the brutality of the abuse, Rodrigo's mother did the only thing she knew would keep him safe; she sent him with smugglers to the U.S. to live with his older sister in Houston. Rodrigo made the journey in 2009 and reached the U.S. border. It was there that the smugglers crashed the van that Rodrigo and about 17 other immigrants were riding in through a fence and over a 45-foot embankment. Most of the immigrants were injured, including Rodrigo.

Excerpted from KIND, June 12, 2013. To view full article, click here.

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