Faces of the Adams Benefit: Meet Juliano

For the next few weeks, we will be bringing you stories of the work made possible by the BBF’s John & Abigail Adams Benefit, which will take place on January 28, 2017 at the Museum of Fine Arts.  Each year, this event brings together nearly 1,000 members of the Boston legal community who share a common belief that everyone deserves justice and that together, and as lawyers, we can make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. 

Meet Juliano – a young father from Brazil who came to the U.S. 13 years ago as an undocumented person. Here he met Olena, a young woman from Eastern Europe, who was living with her daughter in a shelter for survivors of domestic violence. The two soon fell in love, married, and had a daughter. They hired a private immigration attorney to help Olena sponsor Juliano for a green card. The application went smoothly, and it soon became time for Juliano to return to his home country to complete the last steps of the process. Olena, who was pregnant with their second child, did not want her husband to leave, but both were reassured by the knowledge that he would return before the baby was born.

Olena and Juliano’s case, however, took a horrific turn. Due to a mistranslation in his paperwork and significant delays caused by an embassy error, Juliano was left stranded in Brazil for more than a year and was forced to miss the birth of his youngest daughter. With Olena home alone with a newborn and two young children, and Juliano trapped thousands of miles away, neither was able to work and they quickly exhausted their financial resources. When they could no longer afford their private attorney, they reached out to the Irish International Immigrant Center for help.

IIIC attorney Tony Marino advocated fiercely for Juliano to be returned home to his wife and daughters, and skillfully navigated a series of complex interactions with the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security. In March, after countless hours of hard work and complex legal advocacy by IIIC staff, Juliano obtained his green card and reunited with his family here in the U.S.

Today, Juliano volunteers his time and expertise to support the IIIC as an IT consultant. The countless hours Juliano has dedicated to support the Center have been invaluable.

About the Irish International Immigrant Center
The Irish International Immigrant Center assists underserved and low-income immigrants in Massachusetts in their efforts to become integrated and civically engaged in the U.S. They are a vibrant welcome center that provides legal, wellness and education services, advocates for systemic change, and facilitates cross-cultural community building. The IIIC is one of 21 grantee organizations that received funding from the Boston Bar Foundation in 2016 thanks in part to the proceeds of the John & Abigail Adams Benefit.

About the John & Abigail Adams Benefit
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the John & Abigail Adams Benefit are dedicated to providing grants to legal services organizations like the Irish International Immigrant Center.  For more information on the event, or for sponsorship or ticket information, click here or contact Carolyn Mitchell at cmitchell@bostonbar.org or (617) 778-1932.