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After many years apart and despite numerous obstacles, Jasmine was reunited with her grandparents in the U.S., thanks to the Immigration Legal Services team at Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County.

By Adelene Gallego Ramos

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County’s Immigration Legal Services recently helped an 8-year old Eritrean client reunite with her grandparents. Jasmine was adopted by her grandparents after both her parents passed away when she was a baby.

Jasmine and her grandparents had to flee from their home in Eritrea after the Eritrean military harassed them. After a harrowing escape to Sudan, they then ended up in Ethiopia. Since immediate relatives cannot have derivatives joining them, Jasmine was left alone in the care of a family friend in Ethiopia.

After a few years, her grandparents immigrated to the U.S. after their daughter, Jasmine’s aunt, petitioned for them.
The Immigration Legal Services staff at Catholic Charities have been trying to reunite Jasmine with her grandparents since 2014.

Overcoming many obstacles, legal complications, and afraid that Jasmine may never be allowed to leave Ethiopia, she finally arrived to the U.S. in 2017. Happy to be back together, the family now resides in the Bay Area.

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County not only helped reunite the family, they helped Jasmine’s grandmother enroll in their Geriatric Care Training program. Soon after, she landed a good job as a caregiver and worked for Catholic Charities’ Day Break Cares social enterprise.

To learn more about Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County’s Immigration Legal Services, please visit http://catholiccharitiesscc.org/immigration-legal-services.