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The firm encourages all attorneys to find a way to participate in pro bono projects and community service. DWT is a signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge and commits to providing 3% of its annual hours to pro bono. Individual lawyers doing pro bono work can earn billable credit up to 8% of their annual billable-hours goal.

San Francisco Partner Secures Green Card for Trafficking Victim
Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO) in San Francisco routinely helps trafficking victims and their dependents receive T visas. Once trafficking victims have been in the U.S. for three years under T-1 visa status, they and their dependents are usually able to apply for adjustment so that they can become lawful permanent residents. DWT’s San Francisco office has developed a partnership with APILO to handle as many of these adjustment applications as possible. DWT partners Vid Prabhakaran, James Hsue and Phil Albert are helping.

Three years ago, APILO managed to secure a T visa for a woman who was being forced to work at a nightclub to pay off her debt for being brought into the country. She was sexually assaulted and nearly raped during her indentured servitude. Obtaining the visa enabled her to leave that job and seek employment elsewhere.

When she came back to APILO to apply for adjustment, she was matched with Prabhakaran. In mid-April of 2015 her green card came in. Prabhakaran was looking forward to giving it to her and seeing her happy reaction. He was not prepared for her to immediately ask with tears in her eyes: “Does this mean I can go see my mother? I haven’t seen her in 12 years.” Prabhakaran replied: “Words cannot express my joy in being able to say ‘Yes’ to that question.” Prabhakaran was also able to secure a green card for her husband.
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