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Fall Newsletter

Dear Rosa,

Thank you 2This #GivingTuesday, you helped us surpass our goal of $20,000 and raise a total of $25,452!  Thanks to our generous benefactor Marilyn Manzer, each dollar donated was matched up to $10,000 towards this success.

Through these contributions, you are changing the lives of hundreds of immigrant children, asylum seekers, and victims of domestic violence by giving them access to justice, pro bono legal services and humanitarian protection. 

So far this year, Casa Cornelia has responded to over 2,100 children, women and men in need of assistance. Additionally, in November our team and several volunteers jumped into action to provide a nightly Legal Orientation Program to San Diego's emergency migrant shelter. Thanks to your support, our work responding to the community continues.

Thank you so much!

Carmen M. Chávez, Esq.
Executive Director

Client Stories: Successful Cases & Changed Lives

Natasha's Asylum Story: Finding Refuge and New Beginnings

NatashaShortly after turning 18 years-old, Natasha realized that she was a lesbian, and fell in love with her best friend Tanya*. They started a relationship but kept it secret to protect themselves. Once she was admitted to the University, she was introduced to a group of LGBTQ community members who attempted to organize an LGBTQ parade. However, the police halted the parade by intimidating and threatening anyone who participated. In the following years, Natasha and her friends had several violent encounters with the local community, including the nationalist student groups, skinheads, university staff... [Read more]

After marrying Joe*, a U.S citizen, Margarita* started a new life in the United States, and shortly after applied for legal permanent residency (LPR) as his wife. As time went by, her husband Joe began assaulting her, abusing her emotionally and physically. Joe also began threatening her with stopping the LPR application so she would be undocumented and potentially deported. Fearful for her life, Margarita left her husband and sought help at a domestic violence advocacy organization, which eventually referred her to Casa Cornelia for legal advice... [Read more]

Cornelia's Children Toy Shop

As the Holiday season approaches, we would like to invite you to participate in Cornelia's Children Toy Shop on Saturday, December 8.

For many of our clients, providing gifts for their children is a far reach. Casa Cornelia hosts this event to spread the season's spirit of peace, compassion, and gratitude.
We invite you to donate items and volunteer
for the Toy Shop!
If you would like to donate items* for our clients, please contact Evelyn Hernandez at

If you would like to volunteer for the event, please contact Rosa Mitsumasu Scotti at

*Please donate new items, we will not receive used donations. All donations should be at the Law Center by Thurday December 6.
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VIT Program: 2018 Impact, Acknowledgements & Reflection

By Artemisa Valle, Volunteer Interpreters and Translators (VIT) Program Coordinator

We have recently concluded an orientation session for our new Volunteer Interpreters and Translators (VIT), and this invites a moment for reflection for our work in 2018. As we look back to this year, one thing is very clear:  We are so fortunate that you are in our team! You used your language skills to provide justice for our clients! You traveled for hours to make your interpretation assignments. You spend many more hours working on your translation projects. Your generosity with your time, talents, and financial support truly has made all the difference... [Read more]

25th Anniversary & 2018 La Mancha Awards


On ​​​​October 20, 2018, Casa Cornelia Law Center celebrated its 25th Anniversary at the 2018 La Mancha Awards, commemorating over 10,000 children, women and men who were granted humanitarian protections through pro bono legal services and representation. 

With your support we raised over $350,000 in event sponsorships, donations and tickets, which help us further our mission of providing access to pro bono legal assistance to children, adult asylum seekers, and victims of crime in Southern California... [Read more]


In these challenging times, Casa Cornelia remains focused on serving one client at a time, providing quality pro bono legal services and representation to vulnerable children, women and men who escape domestic violence, persecution and human trafficking. Thank you so much for your support, and for believing in our mission of hope!

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