MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis Civil Rights Attorney is providing legal assistance to immigrants by taking on a special project.
That project is representing six people being held in Louisiana detention centers who are seeking asylum from the African country of Cameroon.
Memphis Attorney Casey Bryant specializes in immigration law is willing to travel to meet the needs of her clients.
"The reason why we go to Louisiana is because there is no one there, but we have tons of clients who are seeking asylum who’s family is from Memphis and they live in Memphis,” Bryant said.
Bryant is the CEO of Advocate for Immigrant Rights, a non-profit organization that provides legal services to immigrants in Memphis.
Earlier this week Bryant took on a project of representing people seeking asylum from Cameron that are being held at a Louisiana detention center.
Bryant said these people escaped harsh conditions in Cameroon.
"All of these people were detained by the government. They were put in jail. They were interrogated. They were tortured,” Bryant said.
All together Bryant will represent six people from Cameroon and will be making trips to Louisiana for the next two months.
She said those trips have become routine for her office.
"It just so happens that there are more than ten in Louisiana. The detention center in Lasalle Louisiana, Jena Louisiana is the main facility where people from Memphis end up when they are detained by ice,” Bryant said.
Bryant said the cases for these six people may drag on for months maybe even years.
She said the short term goal is to get them released from the detention center and the long term goal for any immigrant is asylum or citizenship.
Bryant made her first trip to Louisiana Tuesday. Her client’s case got rescheduled due to a technical difficulty.
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