Fried Frank has represented Ms. M since 2013 in her application for U nonimmigrant status through the Violence Against Women Act. That application was approved in 2015; as part of the application, her daughter E was also approved to enter the US on a U nonimmigrant visa. Despite E's father having told E that he would permit her to travel to join her mother, he ultimately refused, and E could not obtain a passport in Ecuador without his signature. This fall, E finally turned 18, and she obtained a passport. Last month, Firm attorneys successfully helped E to immigrate and she arrived on December 22, in time to spend Christmas with her mother for the first time in many years. Now that she is in the United States, E is looking forward to pursuing her educational goals and getting to know her siblings and other family in the United States.
The Fried Frank team included litigation special counsel Jennifer L. Colyer, corporate special counsel Brian A. Blitz, corporate associate Camila Acchiardo Vallejo, and pro bono coordinator Stella Drevina. The case was referred to Fried Frank by Her Justice.