Ms. Amoachi appeared in news media, including Telemundo, News 12, BBC, the Daily News, the New York Law Journal, and La Opinion.
You can read about some of the stories below:
September 2018 to February 2019. Several news outlets ran the extraordinary story of the daughter of Rufina Amaya, the sole prescient witness of the Mozote massacre in El Salvador. This includes: Angel Bermudez, BBC, Quien es Marta Amaya, la hija de la unica sobrevivente de el Mozote en El Salvador; Pilar Marrero, La Opinion, Otorgan Asilo a la hija de Rufina Amaya, unica sobreviviente de El Mozote; Nelson Rauda, The Daily Beast, Her family survived the El Mozote Massacre. Now she’s fleeing El Salvador’s Gangs. Ms. Amoachi was honored to represent Ms. Amaya in bringing her family’s heartbreaking story before an asylum officer and assisting her in obtaining approved asylum.
Aug. 31, 2016, Annie Hylton & Sarah Salvadore, Slate, “They Said We Would Pay With Our Lives.” Ms. Amoachi’s asylum case of two unaccompanied minors, brother and sister, was featured (with names redacted) as an example of the spike of violence affecting children in Central America. Ms. Amoachi shared concerns about the lower age threshold for child victims.
June 2, 2015. Elizabeth Lorente & Bryan Llenas, Fox News, “The border surge, a year later: Tens of thousands of immigrant children remain in limbo.” Fox News covered the Family Court appearance of Ms. Amoachi’s pro bono client, Saul Velasquez Ortiz, an unaccompanied minor from El Salvador, which is a precursor to obtaining Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. "Saul’s case is not unique," said Amoachi, who has handled hundreds of unaccompanied minor cases the past year, and has some 300 still pending. "The rate of abandonment in these countries is very high, and we see a lot of issues involving gang violence from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.”
April 3, 2014, Erica Pearson, The Daily News, “Delivered from immigration detention, Salvadoran teen gets wish to live in New York.” The Daily News covered Ms. Amoachi’s ordeal to have a 19-year old Salvadoran girl released by ICE after 7 months of detention. She was abandoned by both parents and was eligible for her green card as a Special Immigrant Juvenile, but ICE placed what seemed like insurmountable barriers to her release. She was ultimately reunited with her uncle. This story also aired on Telemundo’s “Al Rojo Vivo,” both the before and after.
Jan. 13, 2014, Erica Pearson, The Daily News, “Long Islander Antonio Rodas is fighting to get his 19-year-old niece, Salvadoran Maria Isabel Peña Rodas, out of immigration detention and seeks to become her legal guardian.” The precursor to the success story, above.
Telemundo aired the teenager’s happy reunion with her family in Long Island: https://youtu.be/Y9__0rPuHcQ
November 24, 2011. Telemundo, “Piden Compasión.” On Thanksgiving Day, Telemundo ran a feature on the heartbreaking story of Santos Fernandez, a client in removal proceedings who desperately needs to remain in the U.S. to financially support and care for his paralyzed permanent resident brother and U.S. citizen aunt, who raised the two since childhood. Because Mr. Fernandez did not receive his notice to appear in court for four years, right after he turned 21 years old, his eligibility for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status was cut off. Ala Amoachi stated that Mr. Fernandez’ only chance for residency was a private bill. The firm currently is fighting to get a private bill sponsored for this deserving young man.
(Video: Piden Compasion)