When I think back on the time of my immigration case and making sense of immigration court and being in a strange new place, without status, and feeling really scared, I remember that I could not have been successful without Safe Passage. When I first met, Guillermo, Nina, and Deinse and the members of the Safe Passage Team in 2012, I was in the most challenging era of my life. I did not have a lawyer and my family unable to pay for a lawyer. At that first meeting, I remember Guillermo telling me that I qualified for Immigration relief under U.S. law and could possibly obtain my legal permanent residency. I remember thinking it had been such a long and difficult road for us and thinking maybe this was our opportunity. Maybe I was going to get a break. For some reason, we left that meeting in the late afternoon confident that something good had to come out of it. I did not imagine I would obtain my Legal Permanent Residence. I did not know that at that meeting, I was being introduced to the team that would change my life forever.
The hard work of Safe Passage and the dedication to me and my brother changed my life. I thank God, my family and the members of Safe Passage organization, because without their support and continuous efforts I wouldn’t have obtained my Legal Permanent Residence in the United States. This journey took a long time and made me very sad at times. This country has taken me in and decided to protect me in a way I was not previously protected. My brother and I are so thank full for this opportunity to be successful adults in the United States, which is why we will continue to work very hard to soon give something back to the country that accepted us and gave us a second chance.
Thank you to Safe Passage for the opportunity to fight for our goals and a brighter future.
“Safe Passage helped me when no other attorney would take my case. They did much more than they had to, and they helped me every step of the process. It was a difficult process, but they made it smooth. They truly care! Gui is an incredible lawyer. I feel very lucky to have met everyone at Safe Passage and to be part of the extended Family. Safe Passage is a great family to be a part of.”
– Isik B.
I was born in Conakry,Guinea. When I was 8 years old, I came to New York with my mother, who wanted to make a better life for us. When my mother returned to Guinea for my sister, she was killed in a car accident along with my father. I was undocumented and living with my mother’s sister in Queens. I was alone. It is very hard for kids like me to obtain permanent residency in the United States and make a successful life for themselves.
“Safe passage understood where I came from, worked tirelessly on my case to help me stay in the United States, and I am forever grateful. Safe Passage Project has provided me with help and support that I never imagined I could have.
“I owe my thanks to Gui Stampur for working non-stop for many, many months to help get me my green card. But, Gui’s help did not stop with my residency. He helped me transfer high schools to a great high school where all of my needs are met and I’m doing great. In my opinion, it is the best school in New York City. Gui follows up every week to make sure I am doing well in school. Gui is mentor and best friend – he is like another dad for me.
“I hope to play soccer at a Division 1 college next year and in planning for college Gui and I are studying SAT words daily – we call it our “word of the day”. Safe Passage’s work did not end with their success in my Immigration case and helping me transfer schools – Safe Passage has continued to help me with college prospects, planning for my future, and in ways unimaginable. Safe Passage Project has changed my life and I will always be grateful. Thank you, Thank you.”
-Barry O. (age 17)
Thank you to the whole Safe Passage family for everything you have done.
“Thanks to the hard work of Safe Passage, I now have an equal opportunity to achieve my dreams. For the first time, I have a legal custodian, passport, legal residency, the ability to work, and a chance to go to college. Most important I have a new-found self-confidence and sense of belonging – I no longer feel like I am in the shadows. I was very scared the first time I went to court, but with Gui on my side I knew that we were going to be successful. He always made sure I felt comfortable and advocated for me inside and outside of the courtroom”
-L.H. , 17 year-old Safe Passage client