In 1994, Aileen opens her own law practice and has been recognized with many awards for her work with abandoned, abused and/or neglected Guatemalan and Haitian children in Florida. Aileen has helped over 40 children by filing dependency petitions in juvenile court and thereafter, via Special Immigrant Law provisions set out in our immigration laws, obtain their Legal Permanent Resident status. It is because of this work, that Aileen is awarded in 2005 the Pro Bono award for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit by the Florida Bar.
Aileen has protected the civil and human rights of many children that arrive to the United States under great vulnerability. Aileen, received national attention for the work in defending the rights of a Guatemalan girl, victim of gender persecution, whose civil and human rights were trampled on by local authorities that had no interest in knowing her story-before they severely judged her www.victimgenderpersecution.com This case resulted in a complaint with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, which resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding with the Lake Worth police Department, in which this Department has to adequately attend language needs.
From 2001 to 2009 Aileen Josephs was a member of the Palm Beach County Board of the American Jewish Committee, www.ajc.org and organization that is dedicated, among other things to inter-group understanding. From May 2005-2007 Aileen served on the National Board of the Latino and Latin American Institute of the AJC. Attorney Josephs sat on the Board of the Maya Ministry Diocese of Palm Beach County, www.mayaministry.org and on the Board of the El Sol Jupiter Resource Center, www.friendsofelsol.com. Presently, Aileen is a commissioner for the Allegany Franciscan Foundation. www.afmfl.org
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