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Holly Cooper resigned from Oakland, Calif.’s Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May last month to pursue asylum cases full time at the three-person immigration law firm of Fellom & Solorio in San Francisco. One of her cases has caught some attention. Two Ethiopian orphans, a brother and sister now in their teens, were seeking asylum. The two were born and raised during an intense period of civil strife in Ethiopia. Their father and their oldest sister were arrested and disappeared, and their mother died a few years later. The two children found themselves in a Kenyan refugee camp. When the kids learned that their oldest sister was alive and living in Oakland, they made every effort to find her. Through a series of educational scholarships they finally made a trip to the Bay Area. But it was only with Cooper’s help that the two were able to stay with their sister and remain residents in the United States. For Cooper, it was an experience that called her back to something she had always wanted to do. “Children face so many disadvantages and there are so few resources to help refugee children get through the system. These kids should have had an attorney assigned to them from the outset instead of having to seek one out,” Cooper said. “This case was probably the greatest thing that could have happened to me.”

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