Mirna is a member of our online community for asylum-seeking mothers. She wrote this post to share with other mothers about her experience fighting her case with the support of the online community and the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP). The original Spanish version of the post is below.
Dear asylum-seeking mothers,
I’ve read many of the comments from mothers who do not have a lawyer to help them apply for a work permit, and so I feel compelled to share my experience. I did not have an attorney to help me, but ASAP posted in our group offering assistance with work permit applications. All I had to do was post that I needed help to fill out my application and that I did not have an attorney, and within about 48 hours a legal assistant from ASAP wrote to me.
The legal assistant helped me fill out the application, she explained to me the steps I needed to follow, and the process was very quick. I sent in my application and in 45 days I had the work permit and social security card in my hands for my daughter and me.
Through finding this group, I have found a lot of strength. I feel encouraged hearing everyone’s stories. This is a group of support and a group that helps us overcome fear. It is a group that pushes us to keep fighting and to build a better future for our children. Don’t be afraid to ask for support—this group is a confidential space and it has been of much help to me.
Note: ASAP manages private online communities for over 4,000 families who are currently fighting for asylum or other forms of protection in U.S. immigration courts. In addition to sharing information about the process of fighting their cases in immigration courts, ASAP offers pro se assistance to fill out certain forms, like the application for work authorization. Having a work permit is critical for families—it not only opens up the possibility of economic self-sufficiency but also opens the door to being able to hire a reliable immigration attorney. Through ASAP’s online community and legal assistance, we equip families with the tools they need to keep fighting their cases.