Opportunities For Attorneys To Help Migrants

By Published On: February 3, 2020Categories: Blog, Immigration

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Things are really bad for migrants.  It’s tempting to stop paying attention because it feels hopeless.  I’m not here to feed you rainbows and sunshine about how we can change the situation.  Only the electorate can do that, collectively.

BUT – there are some projects happening that will give you the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of several starfish, so please join me if you can.

First, this February 28 training hosted by the Austin Bar Association will show lawyers how to represent migrants trapped in Mexico under the MPP program.  And also, we are continuing the monthly detention visits, but this year we are staying closer to home and heading to Taylor, Texas, only 45 minutes from Austin.  Please mark your calendars and join us!

In solidarity,


The Starfish Story

An old man was walking on the beach one morning after a strom. In the distance, he could see someone moving like a dancer.
As he came closer, he saw that it was a young woman picking up a starfish and gently throwing them into the ocean.
“Young lade, why are you throwing a starfish into the ocean?”
“The sun is up, and the tide is going out, and if I do not throw them in they will die”, she said.
“But young lady, do yo not realize that there are many miles of beach and thousands of starfish? You cannot possibly make a difference.”
The young woman listened politely, then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea.
“It made a difference for that one.”

Austin Bar Training

Representing Asylum Seekers Pro Bono Under the Remain in Mexico Program


Lindsay Gray, VECINA

Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, Lincoln-Goldfinch Law, PLLC

Daniel J. Bleiberg, Jones Day

Under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as “Remain-in-Mexico,” thousands of asylum seekers find themselves waiting in Mexico throughout their U.S. immigration court process.  Current statistics show that less than 2% of these asylum seekers are represented, and those that do not have counsel are five times more likely to have their asylum claim denied.  This CLE focuses on representing asylum seekers subject to MPP pro bono. Upon completion of the CLE, you will be offered the opportunity to get involved, along with additional training and mentorship to guide you along the way.

1 hour partic. CLE

Free to Austin Bar members.

Lunch included. Discounted parking available for $3.

Click Here To Register!

<style=”text-align: center;”>Join Me at Hutto!

This year we will be visiting Hutto every last Friday of the month, excluding holidays.

Will you join me?

Send an email to kate@lincolngoldfinch.com with the dates you’d like to participate in.

Thank you for your help!

About the Author: Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch

I am the managing partner of Lincoln-Goldfinch Law. Upon graduating from the University of Texas for college and law school, I received an Equal Justice Works Fellowship in 2008, completed at American Gateways. My project served the detained families seeking asylum. After my fellowship, I entered private immigration practice. My firm offers family-based immigration, such as greencards and naturalization, deportation defense, and humanitarian cases such as asylum, U Visa, and VAWA. Everyone at Lincoln-Goldfinch Law is bilingual, has a connection to our cause, and has demonstrated a history of activism for immigrants. To us, our work is not just a job. After the pandemic we began offering bankruptcy services in addition to immigration I realized how much lack of information there is in financial literacy resources in Spanish.

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