Their work is often more vexing than vindicating, more trying than triumphant. But for those who provide help—and hope—for clients of the Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) project, the experience is intensely satisfying. […] “This partnership has not only improved the health of patients we see through direct service, it has also educated over 500 pediatricians about the special nature of legal services and how to use lawyers as consultants,” said Gena Lewis, a Children’s Hospital staff pediatrician.
Valeska Castaneda can distinctly remember being pulled out of her preschool classroom after learning her mother was deported.
“I was uncontrollable — so upset — I didn’t understand,” Castaneda said.
When she was about 2 years old, Castaneda and her mother crossed the Rio Grande in a tire fleeing war in their home country of Nicaragua. Attached to it was a bag filled with a few clothing items — the only possessions they carried with them on the trek.