Karen Cole has spent the past five years helping unaccompanied immigrant children adjust to a new life in Central and Western Massachusetts. But, it wasn’t until she visited the U.S.-Mexico border in May that she fully understood what those children already might have endured. “No doubt, once they get status in the U.S., by a green card or asylum, they are in a better place,” she said.
Cole, a West Stockbridge resident who works as an attorney with the Central West Justice Center office in Northampton, assists minors younger than 18 who legally are living with sponsors from the Berkshires to Worcester County.
She and another attorney with the center, Donna Morelli, of Pittsfield, each spent a week in southeastern Texas recently, assisting newly arrived immigrants. Read more in the Berkshire Eagle.