Human Rights in Action: Bringing Home a Wrongly Deported US Resident From Honduras
Sponsored by Center for Human Rights and International Justice
This event will celebrate and recognize Nixon Peabody LLP and the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project (PDHRP) at Boston College, who last year won a major legal victory this week after an eight-year legal struggle to overturn the erroneous deportation of a legal permanent resident who had been deported more than a dozen years ago.
The client, Wilmer Garcia, will speak at the event, was arrested for simple drug possession under Louisiana state law in 2002. He paid a fine and was put on probation and given a first offender pardon. However, he was subsequently arrested in his home and put into removal proceedings by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). After being in a series of detention centers, he was deported to Honduras in 2005.
Researching online, the client read about a Supreme Court decision, Lopez v. Gonzales, which held that a simple drug possession conviction was not an “aggravated felony” under the immigration statutes. Sensing that this case might help him return to the US, he reached out to the PDHRP.
The PDHRP took the case and subsequently partnered with Nixon Peabody LLP, which donated countless hours of pro bono work on the case, much by Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero, a Center certificate recipient and BC Law '07, Danielle McLaughlin, and Brianna Nassif BC Law ’17.
The event will recap the long legal process and strategy that unwound from there, eventually winning cancellation of removal for the client and securing his return to the US last year.
Please join us for this special event to celebrate this victory for human rights. A reception will follow the speaking part of the event. RSVP here for the event, or at the Register button on the event's web page.