Consortium Legal is recognized for the pro-bono work in the “Keep Families Together” initiative

On the evening of January 19, the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice held an awards ceremony to recognize pro-bono initiatives with great impact on society. The Vance Center promotes global justice by engaging lawyers in all jurisdictions to support civil society and an ethically active legal profession.

 

Consortium was recognized for its work on the Vance Center initiative, “Familias Unidas.” In response to the crisis of family separation, resulting from the U.S. Department of Justice’s “zero tolerance” policy, the Vance Center has launched “Keep Families Together,” an initiative to provide free legal assistance in Latin America to children in detention or separated from their families in the United States, as well as their families. The Firm’s support for this initiative emerged in 2018.  In Guatemala it was coordinated by lawyers Alvaro Castellanos and Cristina Sandoval, who collaborated in a number of cases assisting separated children, especially in Guatemala. In El Salvador it was coordinated by our lawyer María Alejandra Tulipano, and in Honduras it was coordinated by our lawyer José Ramón Paz Morales; providing humanitarian aid and access to legal assistance to minors who are in the process of being reunited with their families.

 

It has been an honor for Consortium Legal to help give hope to separated families and to contribute to them becoming “Families Together” again. Pro-Bono work is part of our lawyers’ DNA and we are proud to be recognized for doing what we are passionate about and serving the community in the process,” said Alvaro Castellanos, president of the firm and coordinator of the initiative.

 

Pro-Bono work is an essential part of Consortium Legal’s Sustainability / Corporate Social Responsibility policy. This area represents an opportunity to provide specialized legal services to the less privileged members of society, thus participating in the construction of a more egalitarian society.

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