Now Offering Bankruptcy Law For Immigrants!

My deepest gratitude to my clients and colleagues who allow me to keep doing what I do best. After five years with a focus on supporting the legal needs of immigrants as it relates to living and working in the United States legally, my firm is now expanding to offer Bankruptcy Law for immigrants! I…

FB Live: Discussion on Work Permits, Asylum, & Filing Fees with Jackie Mann

Jackie Mann returns to Lincoln-Goldfinch Law! She is here to talk to Kate about the latest immigration updates. What is going with work permits for asylum seekers? Kate explains the new regulations. The important date to keep in mind is August 25th, which is when everything shifts. Make sure you get your case in! Historically,…

FB Live: A Crash Course on Citizenship!

Fidel Campuzano joins Kate to talk about how to become a citizen so you can vote! Watch this video to learn the difference between acquired and derived citizenship and naturalization. 3:50 In order to meet the requirements for naturalization, you must be 18 years old, and you must have had your green card for 5…

Who should file an initial DACA application?

Hi friends! We are receiving many questions about who can file an initial DACA application. This is an English video of general immigration updates where I explain who should file for a new application, what is happening with USCIS workers who will be furloughed in August and what that means for your case, and what…

Dreamers Win! The Supreme Court Rules In Favor of DACA

This is a very special Newsletter to celebrate and announce that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of DACA today!! We are beyond relieved for our clients, our coworkers, and everyone who loves and cares about them!  In a world filled with scary and hard news, this is a win we needed more than ever….

Facebook Live: Immigrant Rights During Police Encounters

Know Your Immigrant Rights During Police Encounters! If you or a loved one is an immigrant, this video is for you! You have rights when you encounter the police. Austin Immigration Attorney, Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, explains on Facebook Live immigrant rights during encounters or interactions with the police, including ICE. Be sure to share or comment…

USCIS Updates! Learn About Re-opening and Fee Increases

Hello everyone! This is a special Facebook Live Video by Austin Immigration Attorney, Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, in English and Spanish to discuss USCIS re-opening and increasing fees. USCIS will reopen on June 4th. Visitors will not be able to enter if they are experiencing COVID symptoms. Everyone must wear a mask. All people must bring their…

Top Five Things To Avoid When You Want A Green Card

Austin Immigration Attorney Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch is live every Tuesday on Facebook! www.facebook.com/lincolngoldfinchlaw In this video, Kate discusses the top five things to avoid when you want a green card. Si necesitas ayuda en español, favor de llamar al (855) 502-0555 para hablar con un representante ahora! Nuestro canal también tiene esta información en español.

We’re Partners!

I am thrilled to announce that Cori Hash will be joining me as partner at Lincoln-Goldfinch Law! Cori was inspired to become a lawyer after serving in the U.S. Peace Corps in Zimbabwe and observing the injustices and political unrest there. Before joining Lincoln-Goldfinch Law in 2018, she was the Managing Attorney of the Washington,…

The Executive Order Suspending Immigration Is Here

Hello friends, On Monday night President Trump tweeted, “In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!” Many of you called us with questions about how…

Coronavirus update: we remain open for business!

Coronavirus update: we remain open for business! At Lincoln Goldfinch Law, our primary goal is your peace of mind. During closures and shutdowns related to the Coronavirus, we can still work on your immigration case and are offering virtual representation so that you don’t have to come to us in person. Call us to schedule…

Your Safety Is On Our Minds

Dear friends and colleagues, At our firm, the mission is to Bring Peace to Immigrant Families.  That means always thinking about ways to keep the immigrant community safe and informed.  The Coronavirus is on all our minds and we’d like to talk about how to stay safe.  Lincoln Goldfinch Law is open and we are…

Something Worse Than Family Separations

I didn’t think I’d ever see anything as cruel as the family separations of 2018.  Our collective anguish and horror over border patrol agents tearing children from their parents’ arms and vanishing them into a system without tracking who belonged to whom eventually created change.  Donald Trump reversed course after the public outcry last summer,…

Recent Asylum Policy Changes Explained

This article attempts to demystify all the recent asylum changes succinctly. It is hard to keep up right now, and I say that as a person who spends all day every day keeping up with Trump policy changes. I regularly have friends message and email me with questions about what is actually happening so they…

The EOIR System Is Broken

Imagine a criminal court system where defendants have no right to counsel and just one-third of defendants are represented. In this imaginary court system, both the judges and the prosecutors are employees who report to the Attorney General and the President. The judges lack judicial independence and have no authority to grant continuances, place cases…

One Easy Way

Dear friends and colleagues, It’s difficult to keep up these days with all the changes in policies affecting immigrants. At some point, it probably gets overwhelming and confusing so that each announcement feels less significant. For this reason, I have not issued a newsletter at each policy changed, preferring to share them on our firm…

The migrant children are suffering. Here is how you can help.

Artist: Kristen Gunn Dear friends, If you have images looping in your mind of children, cold and sitting on concrete floors, sick and begging for their parents, you are not alone. Like most of you, I am horrified and outraged by the reports of migrant children being held in crowded and unsanitary jails.  The newsletter…

How You Can Help

This is intended for my colleagues who have requested pro bono opportunities related to immigration law in Texas. For folks in Austin, please join me on one of my ongoing monthly trips to the Karnes Detention Center. I still need four volunteers for June. I have also included a list of other nonprofits in Texas…

Kate’s Top 5 Travel Tips For Immigrants!

It’s summertime in Texas!  That means swimming pools, cicadas, watermelon & peaches, and travel!  Here are some things to keep in mind as you plan your trips: 1.       If you are planning to visit the United States as a tourist, keep in mind that Customs and Border Protection Officers at the airport…

Facebook Live: Tax Questions

Austin immigration attorney, Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch hosts Facebook Live with tax preparer Steve Villegas and Rosy Doyle. Steve offers advice and answers some of the most frequently asked questions. They go over what all undocumented immigrants should know before filing taxes. As always, it is imperative that you consult with your attorney before filing any documents…

Facebook Live: Hutto Visit July 2018

Austin immigration attorney Kate and fellow attorney Elizabeth debrief after a legal visit at the Hutto Women’s Detention Center where they meet with moms whose kids were taken.

Facebook Live: Know Your Rights

Austin Immigration Attorney Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch shares vital information. Know Your Rights! La abogada de inmigración de Austin, Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, comparte información vital. Conozca Sus Derechos!

My Thoughts On The Migrant Caravan

There are some important things to consider about the caravan of asylum seekers coming to the US border. I am sharing these thoughts as an immigration lawyer who has practiced asylum law for ten years. 1. Ever since our failure to protect Jews during the Holocaust, the United States has righted that failure by recognizing…

Facebook Live: Citizenship Process

English and Spanish Video: Austin immigration attorney Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch and her assistant Roxana discuss the citizenship process. Our Lincoln-Goldfinch Law team joins us today answering citizenship questions and talking about the process from personal experience. La abogada de inmigracion en Austin Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch y su asistente Roxana hablan sobre el proceso de la ciudadania. El…

Scary Mommy Exclusive: Mom Detained At The Border

By Christine Organ Emma (name changed), a Guatemalan mother seeking asylum, who had been separated from her young son, was recently released from a detention center in Texas on Friday, July 6 and will soon be reunited with her family. Scary Mommy was there for her release and she spoke exclusively to Scary Mommy immediately…

KXAN – Austin Attorneys Will Help Separated Familes At The Border

How A Child Moves Through A Broken Immigration System

—– EMILY DREYFUSS AND ISSIE LAPOWSKY —- AS AN IMMIGRATION attorney working along the US-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas, Carlos García says he’s seen “a lot of sad stuff” over the years. But what he encountered at the McAllen federal courthouse Tuesday left him lost for words. “You walk into the courtroom and there are 90 people waiting to be…

We Are In An Emergency

I imagine this is what it feels like to be an emergency responder – a highway patrolman on the scene of an accident, a firefighter, or an emergency room nurse. You are aware that chaos and suffering surround you, but you put your head down and focus on the task at hand. You know that…

Asylum Decision is A Nail In The Coffin

Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, who has practiced immigration law in Austin for around a decade, calls Sessions’ decision “a nail in the coffin.” She worries asylum cases won’t make it past the first step, which is what’s called a credible fear interview. “So asylum officers are going to take this decision by the attorney general and they’re…

The Lowest Moment In My Career

Yesterday, I met with a mother whose 5-year-old son was literally pulled out of her arms by a Border Patrol Offier while she and her son cried and begged for him not to be taken. She is an asylum seeker who fled death threats in her country. She has not seen or spoken to her…

Texas’s Sanctuary City Ban Has Trapped Immigrants in Terror

Immigrants and many cops dislike the law, but there’s nothing they can do. Featured Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Protesters in Austin during the Day Without Immigrants rally in February 2017. Meredith Hoffman May 7 2018, 10:47am VICE– For months, Jordy Balderas had been waiting for his chance to sit down with his sheriff in Austin….

USCIS to Begin Using More Secure Mail Delivery Service

WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that the agency will begin phasing in use of the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery service to mail Green Cards and other secure documents beginning April 30, 2018. The first phase will affect documents that need to be re-mailed because they have been…

Thousands of Hondurans to Lose Protected Status in the U.S.

By MIRIAM JORDAN — THE NEW YORK TIMES May 4, 2018 The Trump administration is ending temporary protected status for tens of thousands of Hondurans who have been allowed to live and work in the United States since 1999, following a hurricane that ravaged their country. ​ The decision, expected to be announced Friday, will…

GIVING CITY: $750,000 in funding cut for immigrant legal assistance (Statesman)

An Austin nonprofit will struggle to offer its legal assistance program to immigrant detainees after the Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it would halt millions in grant funding. Rebecca Lightsey, executive director of American Gateways, the nonprofit that provides those services to three detention centers in Texas, calls the decision “almost unconscionable.” The programs…

Would You Pass the Green Card Marriage Interview?

Austin immigration attorney Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch is quoted in the New York Times on a piece regarding Green Card Marriage Interviews. Check out the full article by following the link below: “’We have seen more scrutiny and more questions about marriage lately,’ said Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, an immigration lawyer in Austin.” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/19/us/green-card-marriage-interview-test.html

We Are Hiring! Paralegal & Senior Attorney

PARALEGAL Dynamic immigration firm in Austin, Texas seeks a bilingual paralegal to handle our removal defense and humanitarian caseload.  Visit https://www.lincolngoldfinch.com/paralegal  for more information and to apply. Only applicants who follow instructions will be contacted. Applications received through this posting service will be disregarded. ATTORNEY Dynamic immigration firm in Austin, Texas seeks a bilingual Senior Associate to…

A New Life Awaits You In Austin

Are you immigrating to the United States or planning a move from one state to another and considering a move to beautiful Austin, Texas? If so, there are some things you need to know about life in Austin that will help make your transition go a little smoother. It can take several weeks for property…

All-Immigrant Resource Fair 2018

Earlier this month, we partnered with our friends and fellow immigration advocates to present our first All-Immigrant Resource Fair! Thanks to all who helped make this a roaring success. Our community thrives on your contributions of time, information, and support. We hope to keep providing you with as much information and help as possible. See…

Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch Named 2017-2018 Texas Rising Star!

We’re honored to share with you that your favourite immigration attorney here in Austin, Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, has been selected to the 2017-2018 Texas Rising Stars list! This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in Texas. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of…

Guest Post: The Dual Citizenship Guidelines and the difference with a Second Passport

Guest Post provided by courtesy of Rapid Passport. Click here for more info.  The concept of Dual or Second Citizenship is ideal for individuals looking for business opportunities and international mobility in their quest to be successful. This is not just because it allows them to gain access to two social service systems and two…

Immigration Attorney Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch on Univision

Kate se presentara en @Univision62 a las 10:00 P.M. para hablar sobre las redadas de ICE en Austin y lo que los inmigrantes pueden hacer para mantenerse a salvo. No se lo pierdan! Kate will be on Univision tonight at 10:00 P.M. to talk about the ICE raids in Austin this week and what immigrants…

Bringing Peace To Immigrant Families – Testimony Tuesday!

Our Austin immigration law firm loves bringing peace to immigrant families! Nuestra firma de inmigración en Austin encanta crear paz para las familias inmigrantes! #TestimonyTuesday  

Happy Clients 2017

Lincoln-Goldfinch Law presents the Happy Clients series! Our immigration law firm here in Austin represents amazing immigrants with all sorts of backgrounds. It is our honor to be able to serve them and bring peace to their families. Congratulations to all our happy clients this year! We’re excited for 2018. Lincoln-Goldfinch law presenta la series…

Facebook Live: Kate discusses U-Visas

Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch discusses U-Visas on Facebook Live straight from her immigration law office in Austin! For more information, call us today. La abogada de inmigracion Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch nos habla sobre la visa U en Facebook Live! Para mas informacion, llamanos ahora.

Facebook Live: TPS (English Video)

In this Facebook Live video, Kate talks about TPS programs and what other forms of relief are available to TPS holders. If you want to check the Spanish version, please click here.

10 Tips For Undocumented Immigrants

Tips for Undocumented Immigrants 1. You have the constitutional right to remain silent and do not have to tell anyone your immigration status or place of birth.  Documented people should also exercise this right so that we are all resisting the law together. 2. You have the right not to be stopped or detained without reasonable…

Travis County Women Lawyers Association Pro Bono Award

As an Austin immigration attorney, I am faced with many different challenges and unique cases. At Lincoln-Goldfinch Law, we understand the hardships that come with each case. It is an honor to have been presented with the Travis County Women Lawyers Association’s Pro Bono Award today, and we will do everything we can to continue…

Austin Bar: Update On Recent Immigration Enforcement Issues

I recently wrote an article for the Austin Bar Association’s Newsletter, which has been awarded Best Overall Newsletter. The Austin Bar was awarded the Award of Merit for its general contributions to the community. The article I authored won Best Substantive Series, presented by The State Bar. It is both humbling and a privilege to…

Julie Flanders Speaks at Poverty Law Conference 2017

Our very own Austin immigration attorney, Julie Flanders, spoke at the Poverty Law Conference in Houston this year. The Conference provides essential legal training for attorneys that work with low-income Texans. Notable presenters that joined Julie included: Jennifer Hixon, Director of CASA RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services), Manoj Govindaiah, Director…

Should You Become A U.S. Citizen If You Qualify?

Austin Immigration Attorney, Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch joins the Austin Bar Association to bring you informative videos about immigration! The Legal Information Provided in this blog post is for General Reference Only and Should Not be Relied Upon – You Should Always Consult a Lawyer to Determine Your Legal Rights.

We Support Immigrants…. | Apoyamos a los inmigrantes…

We support immigrants for so many reasons! Apoyamos a los inmigrantes por muchas razones! What are yours? Cuales son las tuyas?

Four Things To Remember If You Have Contact With ICE – [Tambien en Español]

Hello friends, What a difficult and scary month this has been. I know my immigrant friends are terrified and my advocate friends are exhausted. I also know we will not stop fighting for you no matter how beleaguered we feel! We have all heard about the executive orders and memos regarding increased immigration enforcement, and…

[VIDEO]: Know Your Rights! Conozca Sus Derechos!

La abogada de inmigración en Austin, Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, nos habla sobre la situación de inmigración. Austin immigration attorney, Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch talks to us about the immigration situation.

Our Beautiful Statue of Liberty

Our Beautiful Statue of Liberty.

DHS Memos on Immigration Executive Orders

DHS memos implementing the Executive Orders on immigration have been signed. My understanding is that they are final but not published. They do what we feared: massively increase detention, apply mandatory detention to detained immigrants wherever possible, apply expedited removal (summary deportation with no judicial review) across the board, and deputize local law enforcement agencies…

Valentine’s Day 2017

This February 14th we celebrate a client that was recommended for citizenship. Love always wins! If you or a loved one need help with your immigration case, please call (855) 502-0555 to speak with Austin immigration attorney, Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch.

Phone Bank!

Austin immigration attorney Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch joins Univision in Austin for a phone bank. La abogada de inmigración de Austin, Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch se junta con Univision en Austin para un banco de llamadas.

How to Prepare For ICE Raids: Know Your Rights!

Dear friends and clients of Lincoln Goldfinch Law, I have been receiving phone calls and emails from many of you who are understandably very nervous about the recent Executive Actions.  I will be writing and disseminating an article soon about those executive actions and what they mean, but in the meantime I want to share…

Green Card 2017

First green card of the year brings us sunny feelings amidst this challenging time. We are still with you. A pesar de estos tiempos difíciles, seguimos luchando. Felicidades a esta pareja! Estamos contigo. Call Austin Immigration Attorney, Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch for help with your immigration case today! (855) 502-0555

Lincoln-Goldfinch Law Dream Team

Our Lincoln-Goldfinch Law Dream Team. We cannot wait to bring more smiles to immigrant families this year. Nuestro Equipo de Lincoln-Goldfinch Law. Estamos listos para hacer felices a las familias de inmigrantes este año!  (855) 502-0555

Green Card!

One of the greatest joys I get from being an Austin Immigration Attorney is seeing the smiles on my clients’ faces when they receive positive news on their immigration status. So excited to share this photo of a client receiving his Green Card this week. Una de las mas grandes satisfacciones de ser una abogada…

Breaking News: RAICES is in need of volunteers in San Antonio to help with family detention releases!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mass Releases from Family Detention after Texas Court Blocks Childcare Licenses of Family Detention Centers Statement from Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services San Antonio, TX —  Over the weekend, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hurriedly released over 460 mothers and children from Karnes and Dilley Family Detention Center to…

I love you and I am with you.

Dear friends and clients, I know we are all reeling from the election results. Understandably, you are looking to your attorney for reassurance about your future and your family’s future. I am here for you and want you to have this information.  I will continue to fight for you. I cannot explain why Donald Trump…

Vote for you and your loved ones

A central piece of this year’s elections has been immigration. The Presidential candidates have maintained clear positions, and we must pay attention to whom will continue to make progressive changes for comprehensive immigration reform. The final Presidential debate elucidated the candidates’ antithetical positions over the hot-button issue. The republican nominee began his campaign in June last…

USCIS: Immigration Fees are Going Up

Starting December, USCIS raises their fees on various immigration forms. If you or a loved one need help with your immigration case, please contact Austin immigration attorney Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch at (855) 502-0555. Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. The forms include Green Card Replacement: I-90 (Solicitud para reemplazar la de Tarjeta de Residente): $450 —>$540 Petition for Alien Relative:…

No Human Being is Illegal

We encourage positivity and love at our Austin immigration office. Our clients are very much like our extended family. Our new Pinterest page reflects our commitment to making the world a kinder and more informed place. Check out our latest pins! If you or loved one need legal help, contact Austin immigration lawyer, Kate Lincoln-Goldfich…

Client Passes Citizenship Exam

As an immigration attorney in Austin, I experience an array of emotions on a daily basis. Sometimes we have wins and sometimes there are extra challenges. Today, I am so proud of my client today for passing his citizenship exam. We are all smiles!!! 🙂 Mi trabajo como abogada de inmigración en Austin viene con…

There’s Nothing More American Than Speaking Spanish. Here’s Why.

As an Austin immigration attorney, I deal with clients from all over the world who speak many different languages. Spanish is a major language among my clients, and without it our firm would be useless! Huffpost Latin Voices really nailed why There’s Nothing More American Than Speaking Spanish. Check out the video below.

Newsletter Archive: August 2016

I’m glad that I have something positive to report in this article.  If I’m being honest, this is a bit of a dark time for this an immigration attorney in Austin. This election year has highlighted and drawn out racism and xenophobia in our community.  To add to that, I have been doing a lot…

End mass incarceration of refugees in Texas

Denise Gilman was my professor at University of Texas school of law, where she also serves as Director of the Immigration Clinic, and Im proud to be the Austin immigration attorney I am today in great part because of her. Refugees seek asylum from violence and persecution from their home countries. It is unfathomable that we…

Texas reaches deal on birth certificates for immigrant kids

If you or a loved one have any questions over this issue, please do not hesitate to contact Austin immigration attorney, Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch. (855) 502-0555 Si usted un o un ser querido tiene preguntas sobre obtener actas de nacimiento para su hijo o hija en Tejas, favor de llamar la abogada de inmigración, Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch….

August Phone Bank

Telemundo Austin and Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch plus her team join forces for a LIVE phone bank in Austin at the Telemundo studios where you can phone in with any question on immigration you may have! Telemundo Austin y la abogada de inmigración Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch se juntan para un banco de llamadas! Marquen al numero que esta…

Obama Administration: Central American Refugees To Be Temporarily Protected in Costa Rica

The refugee crisis does not disappear overnight simply because it is not in the spotlight of political commentators or social media pages. Thousands of Central Americans seeking refuge from violence and persecution still need help. In an effort to meet this demand, the Obama administration has announced a partnership with Costa Rica to extend protection, albeit…

Supreme Court TIES 4-4: Millions Left in Limbo

The Supreme Court has announced a 4-4 tie decision in the case of United States vs. Texas, on whether President Obama’s executive order to suspend deportations and grant undocumented immigrants work permits is within his scope of authority as commander in chief. This means that the fifth circuit injunction against the program will stand and…

June Phone Bank

Austin’s favorite immigration attorney and team has teamed up with Telemundo Austin once again to answer your questions on immigration on the phone in a program called El Poder de Saber!  (Translation: The Power of Knowing) Nos hemos juntado con Telemundo Austin para hacer banco de llamadas y contestar sus preguntas sobre inmigracion en un…

El Poder de Saber! — Telemundo Austin Phone Bank

The Lincoln-Goldfinch Law team had a great time answering all your immigration questions at our second phone bank with Telemundo Austin! If you missed out on this phone bank and need an immigration question answered immediately, please call our office as soon as possible!

Telemundo Phone Bank: Round 2

Austin immigration attorney Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch holds another phone bank with Telemundo Austin.

Interview with Ellis Prater-Burgess

Kate spoke to Ellis Prater-Burgess on her experience working with refugees at the Hutto detention center. Follow the link below for the full story.

Happy Mother’s Day

“Madre hay solo una, no la ames en pasado o futuro. Ámala en presente.” – Pedro Pantoja Santiago Feliz de las Madres de mi familia a ustedes! Yo estare con mi pequeña. 🙂 (Translation: “There is only one mother, so do not love her in the past or future. Love her in the present.”) Happy…

Another Successful DACA Clinic!

 If you or a loved one believe you may qualify for DACA or DAPA, please contact Austin immigration lawyer as soon as possible.  I had the opportunity to help out with another DACA clinic recently. It was so successful and made my heart sing. Happy day! 

Lawsuit: Grassroots Leadership v. Texas Dept. of Family & Protective Services (Part II)

When the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services granted a childcare license to Karnes County Residential Center, Grassroots Leadership quickly responded. And on Wednesday, a Texas Judge granted a temporary restraining order that prevents the Texas DFPS from licensing another such facility. More in the link below. ‪#‎endfamilydetention‬

TBT: Cinco De Mayo 2016

Despues de un dia largo en el trabajo, que no se nos olvide la conmemoración de la Batalla de Puebla. Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Que siempre sigan luchando para superar las batallas de cada dia. Salud! After a long day at the office, let us not forget the Mexican army’s victory at the Battle of…

Moms and Children in Jail Need Us

Right now there are about four hundred women and children detained in Karnes City, Texas.  They are asylum seekers, fleeing violence in Central America.  These women and children have no right to free legal representation and are required to go through a complicated and technical asylum screening process to determine whether they will be permitted…

Violence Against Women Panel at WE Con Austin 2016

Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, Austin immigration attorney, hosted a panel at this year’s Women’s Empowerment Conference (WE Con) about Violence Against Women. WE Con aims to build a community for all women of all ages where they can share ideas, notes of wisdom, and work together to cultivate self-empowerment. Many times women do not have the resources…

Nora Goes to Court

It might surprise you to hear that immigrants are not given free legal representation in court — even if they are children.  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently sued the Justice Department regarding the issue of no representation for children.  During a deposition in the lawsuit, Immigration Judge Jack Weil claimed that children as young as…

Barbara Hines on Family Detention Centers

We’ve said once and we’ll say it again: Detention centers are not suitable for people escaping crime and violence. Barbara Hines makes several great points about family detention and the options we have as more humane alternatives. Kate studied and worked alongside Barbara Hines before forming her own private practice as one of Austin’s most…

Amplify Austin Texas 2016

Amplify Austin takes place city-wide for a day of giving in an effort to support local non-profit organizations thrive, such as Casa Marianella. I love this organization because of its mission and its heart, and I hope you will join me in giving to them in March. Casa Marianella is an invaluable resource for homeless…

American Heart Association – Go Red for Women

The Go Red for Women campaign, founded by the American Heart Association, aims to spend awareness of the fact that women’s number one killer is heart disease. Most importantly, its purpose serves to motivate all women to become proactive in the improvement and maintenance of their cardiovascular health. Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch (and her daughter Nora!) participated in…

PETITION: Immigrant Mother Affected by ICE Raid Suffering Seizures – Help get her released!

An immigrant mother who has been affected by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation raids earlier this month has suffered three seizures at the Dilley Center since her detainment in a raid that took place in Atlanta. This mother’s health continued to deteriorate as demonstrated by the fourth seizure she suffered yesterday afternoon. Immigrant families…

Help Stop Raids at Family Detention Centers

The Department of Homeland Security, under the direction of Secretary Jeh Johnson, began its operation focused on the immediate removal of undocumented immigrants and their families, the majority of which are seeking asylum from persecution. The deportation raids this weekend yielded over 100 adults and children that were arrested and sent to family detention centers…

A Day In the Life: Refugees and Their Stories

American Gateways is an inspiring non-profit organization dedicated to providing legal aid and representation to immigrants and asylum-seekers. Below are a few of the stories from refugees American Gateways has helped — if you would like to contribute to their mission, visit https://www.americangateways.org/. Maria: Central America Maria traveled alone – confronting the risk of kidnapping and…

It’s Time To Be Heard Again!

Tell Texas: Detention centers are not child care facilities! On November 20, 2015, state District Judge Karin Crump of Travis County ruled that Texas may not claim an “emergency” to expedite the licensing of two private detention centers holding immigrant families. This move was an attempted workaround to a federal district judge’s ruling in July that…

Join AILA in Protecting Syrian Refugees

AILA.ORG — As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, Syrian refugees are still fleeing and in need of protection worldwide. Since its founding, our nations has given refuge to those fleeing persecution. But now, many want to bar all Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering into the United States. As early as December 2, the Senate may…

Refugee Services of Texas in Austin Seeks Volunteers

Interested in helping refugees find peace in Texas? The Refugee Services in Texas – Austin holds volunteer orientations on the first Tuesday of every month at 12:00 PM (noon) and again at 6:30 PM. Choose a time that works best for you and join us on our mission. The next orientation is December 1, 2015. RST…

Immigrant Mothers Required To Wear Ankle Bracelets as part of ATD

Remember if you or a loved one need help with your immigration case, please call Austin immigration attorney, Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch today.  Immigrant mothers seeking asylum from harsh conditions in their countries of origin are now being required to wear ankle monitors as part of an immigration reinforcement policy set by ICE, known as “alternative detention,”…

Family Detention Center in Pennsylvania Faces Likely Shutdown In Major Victory for Immigrants

PA Dept of Human Services Sends Letter Questioning Berks County Center’s License to Detain Children Leesport, Pennsylvania (10/22/15)—Today, in a major blow to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) practice of detaining children and families, and a remarkable victory for immigrants in Pennsylvania and across the country, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (PA DHS) issued…

Released Immigrant Families May Soon Relocate To An Area Near You. Can You Help?

ASISTA is an organization dedicated to helping immigrant families that have survived domestic violence and sexual assault. Through education and counseling programs, ASISTA provides technical assistance for advocates and attorneys who face tremendous obstacles when dealing with immigration law. “Immigrants are entitled to justice, including in the areas of domestic abuse or sexual assault. All…

Urgent Action Needed: Stop Texas DFPS From Licensing Family Detention Centers

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services may soon license family detention centers and we need your help to stop it. These prison-like facilities are unfit to provide fundamental childcare and their conditions are in direct violation of a 1997 court settlement (Flores V. Reno), which defines the standards for the detention, release, and treatment of…

End Family Detention

Many families that immigrate to Texas end up in family detention. These facilities are not suitable for childcare, and it is inappropriate that they be treated as if they were criminals. Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch works with other Austin immigration lawyers to ensure everyone receives the legal help they need. Join the DC-MD-VA Coalition in Support of…

CLE Luncheon with Ben Cunningham: October 22nd

Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch invites lawyers to attend the Solo & Small Firm Section CLE Luncheon on October 22nd. The CLE will be a presentation by nationally recognized, attorney-mediator Ben Cunningham of Lakeside Mediation Center –  “Optimizing Success for Your Clients In Mediation.” Please attend the luncheon as my guest and check the section out. I believe you will enjoy…

Pilgrimage for Immigrant Families: November 19-21

This year marks the one year anniversary of President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Join Austin immigration lawyer Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch & thousands of immigrant families on their three day pilgrimage to ask Gov. Greg Abott to address his opposition to progressive immigration reform. The event, hosted by Workers Defense Project, takes place from November 19…

UT Law CLE Conference 2015

Austin Immigration Attorney Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch attends 39th Annual UT Law CLE Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law to speak about family detention and immigration law. The conference gathered nationally recognized experts including, Margaret D. Stock, Ira J. Kurzbahn and Ron Klasko to discuss the latest developments in immigration law practice. Kate spoke about the history of family detention, the current state…

Citizenship Drive: October 3rd

Austin Immigration Attorney Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch will be helping eligible permanent residents fill out their naturalization application at Education Austin’s Citizenship Drive this Saturday, October 3, at Allan Elementary School. Univision, NALEO, and AFL-CIO have also partnered with Education Austin to produce this event. Education Austin requires that all those interested in filling out a naturalization…

Refugees in US Detention Centers

Central American refugees fleeing violence in their states have found trouble at the border for seeking asylum. Immigrants in the above video explain that it would be safer for themselves as well as for their families to reside in the US. Unfortunately, the current political climate on immigration in the US has left little room…

Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch

Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch is  to practice immigration law because she works with wonderful clients who are experiencing significant and emotional life changes.  Kate enjoys celebrating with her clients when they achieve their immigration goals, such as obtaining citizenship or the right to live and work in the US, and she also has great compassion for how…

Gang-Related Asylum Cases

Gang-Related Asylum Cases in the United States This page serves as a resource for attorneys and advocates representing asylum applicants fleeing persecution from violent criminal gangs. Refugees Fleeing Gang Violence An increasing number of persons from Central America are applying for asylum in the United States based on the persecution they suffered after being targeted…