On March 2, Judge Cathy Serrette of Prince George's County Circuit Court granted both the stepfather's petition for adoption and the boy's motion for factual findings of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status ("SIJS") eligibility.
SIJS is governed by a special provision under U.S. immigration law for youths who cannot be reunited with one or both parents because of abuse, abandonment or neglect.
Among those members and friends spearheading this drive were; Hon. Toni Clarke, Hon. Julie Weatherly, Hon. Arline Pacht, Hon. Brenda Murray, Hon. Patrice Lewis, Hon. Hon. Kathleen O'Ferrall Friedman, Hon. Sue Ellen Hantman, Hon. Elaine Patrick md.us; Attorney Valeria Tomlin, Hon. Christina Brooking, Sonia Kumar, and Hon. Cathy Serrette.
The NAWJ Women in Prison Committee includes: co-chairs Hon. Brenda P. Murray and Hon. Betty Williams; and additional members Hon. Beverly Cutler, Hon. Dana Fabe, Hon. Carol Feinman, Hon. Robin Garson, Hon. Kristin Glen, Hon. Cheryl Gonzales, Hon. Katherine Hansen, Hon. Laura Jacobson, Hon. Debra James, Hon. Bernette Johnson, Hon. Gladys Kessler, Hon. Annette LaRue, Hon. Pammela Lattier, Hon. Simone Marstiller, Hon. Pennie McLaughlin, Hon. Vanessa Ruiz, Ms. Lynn Schafran, Hon. Cathy Serrette, Hon. Norma Shapiro, Hon. Sheva Sims, Ms. Elizabeth Thomas, Ms. Rhonda Tomlison, Hon. Renee Worke.
Carol Feinman, Chair of the NAWJ Administrative Judiciary Committee greeted attendees and Hon. Cathy Serrette, NAWJ District 4 Director gave an update of recent and upcoming District.
District Directors for 2008-2009 are Hon. Ariane Vuono, District One Director (MA, ME. NH, PR); Hon. Sherry Heitler and Hon. Barbara Leak District Two Co-Directors (NY, CT, VT); Hon. Stephanie Domitrovich, District Three Director (NJ, PA, DE); Hon. Cathy Hollenberg Serrette, District Four Director (MD, DC, VA); Hon. Cynthia Becker, District Five Director (FL, GA, NC, SC), Hon. Rosemary Ledet, District Six Director (AL, LA, MS, TN); Hon. Margaret Clark, District Seven Director (MI, OH, WV); Hon. Patricia Riley, District Eight Director (IN, IL, KY); Hon. Nancy Whittenburg, District Nine Director (MO, IA, WI); Hon. Carol Beier, District Ten Director (KS, MN, NE, ND, SD); Hon. Marisela Saldana, District 11 Director (TX, AR, OK); Hon. Vernice Trease, District 12 Director (AZ, CO, NM, UT, WY); Hon. Julie Frantz, District 13 Director (WA, OR, AK, HI, ID, MT); Hon. Cecilia Castellanos, District 14 Director (CA, NV).
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