This year, I have the honor to run in the 2016 Boston Marathon and raise funds for the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR).
PAIR is a nationally recognized pro bono model that works to secure safety and freedom for asylum-seekers who have fled from persecution throughout the world and to promote the rights of immigrants unjustly detained. PAIR provides hope and a new beginning to asylum-seekers, torture survivors and immigration detainees. Having experienced the asylum process, I know how complex and intimidating the process can be. Without the help of legal service providers, it would have been impossible for many of my family members and friends to gain status in the United States.
As passionate as I may be about practicing in immigration law, I am also passionate about running. In the past two years, I have completed a few 5ks and half marathons, but I did not expect to run a marathon until I found about the opportunity to run for PAIR. I can't wait to start training in the winter months knowing that each step I take will count for a greater cause.
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