Martin Gauto, a senior attorney for Clinic (the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc.) in Los Angeles, has represented hundreds of immigrant children who were apprehended at the US border after fleeing abusive situations in countries such as Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.
They may have been in the country illegally, unaccompanied by a parent or guardian, used for smuggling drugs or forced into human trafficking. As a child of immigrants, Gauto is passionate about helping these young people seek better lives.
“I love what I do,” says Gauto. “It’s challenging and rewarding, and it has provided a lot of humbling experiences. It gets more challenging every day. But it’s a fight that I’m up for.”