For over 25 years, Casa Cornelia Law Center, a non-profit law firm, has provided quality legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations. While primarily serving indigent persons within the immigrant community in Southern California, Casa Cornelia also seeks to educate others regarding the impact of immigration law and policy on the community and the public good.
The mission and spirit of Casa Cornelia is rooted in the tradition of service of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus and that of its founder, Cornelia Connelly. Sisters Ann M. Durst and Mary Wayne Gradon, members of the Society saw the need for legal services among the immigrant community along the Mexican-American border and founded Casa Cornelia in 1992.
Casa Cornelia is committed to upholding the legal rights of individuals fleeing their native countries due to political, social, religious, or ethnic persecution and/or torture. The clients come to the U.S. from all over the world.
Programs include: free legal representation to those seeking asylum; legal protection and counsel to unaccompanied children who are detained and face deportation, or are not detained and have suffered abuse, abandonment and/or neglect; and legal services to victims of crime.
Casa Cornelia responds to the urgent needs of these brave individuals by providing free legal representation, thus allowing them to achieve economic independence, regain their self-esteem, live free of fear from their abusers or persecutors, and begin a new life for themselves and their children.
Menard Family Foundation is pleased to support the work of Casa Cornelia Law Center and made a special pledge in honor of their 25th anniversary.