New Frontier Immigration Law - January 2021

Say Hello to Oscar Flores Starting 2021 With New Frontier’s Legal Assistant

Just this past October, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to what can only be described as one the world’s goodest boys — a dog named Foxtrot, known also to his Instagram followers (of which there are nearly 7,000) as humanitarian_pup. While Foxtrot wasn’t responsible for improvements to auction theory (like Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson, who won the Nobel Prize for economics) or for a standout career in writing poetry (like Louise Glück, who won the Nobel Prize for literature), this incredible canine shared the Nobel Peace Prize with the World Food Programme (WFP), for their work in combating world hunger. As the organization’s official mascot, Foxtrot shared in the win with the thousands of other WFP workers worldwide. Foxtrot lives in Bangladesh (one of the most densely populated countries in the world) at a WFP outpost that works to supply one of the world’s largest refugee camps. According to an NPR article that spotlighted Foxtrot and the efforts made by his WFP humans, they worked not only to get food to refugees but also to flatten hillsides to make room for shelters for Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar. Foxtrot himself became part of the effort to combat world hunger during a WFP beach cleanup in his home country. Workers found him as a 4-week-old pup, and after failing to locate his owners, took him in as one of their own. For the past two years, Foxtrot has helped however he can to further the WFP’s efforts to end hunger in Bangladesh. This usually includes accompanying his humans while they work, wearing an adorable custom-made WFP cape, and taking to Instagram to raise awareness about how anyone can join in the WFP’s mission. After learning that he and his humans had won the Nobel Peace Prize, Foxtrot didn’t waste the opportunity to share his excitement with his followers. “Woweee,” the pup said. “I … think it would be even more amazing if we didn’t need any peace prizes because peace was the status quo in our world.” If Foxtrot and his humans keep The First Dog to Win a Nobel Peace Prize Foxtrot’s Heroics With the World Food Programme

For legal assistant Oscar Flores, the kind of work we do has always been close to his heart. “Most of my family members have been through the same process as our clients

go through,” he says. “My parents came to the United States and went through the steps to become American citizens.” Although that started over 30 years ago, Oscar still remembers how proud they were to have succeeded — and he knows how important that success is to New Frontier’s clients, as well. His own road to our office is an interesting one. Oscar hadn’t done much work in the legal field before he started here last April. In fact, for years, he found his calling in education. “I was a bilingual teacher for seven years,” Oscar says. “Most of my students were 6–7 years old, so you can imagine how wild they were at times.” As if the age wasn’t trying enough, at times, Oscar found himself managing 40 kids at one time. His patience and skills in translation made him successful at that job, and those are the exact traits that allow Oscar to succeed in our office today. “Many of the people I talk to are dealing with a lot of challenges. I love what we do here — we help them actually change their lives.” It’s given him a new perspective on his own life, as well. “One of the things I like to do either right before or after work is take a walk,” Oscar says. “I’ll go for 15–30 minutes. When I do that, it makes me feel free, and I’ve learned never to take that for granted.” It’s true, many of our clients are incarcerated or detained, or under difficult circumstances and restrictions that stop them from working, moving freely, or even leaving detention centers. “I feel more introspective after working here. I learn a lot every day at work, and I’m more aware of what my family and others in my community have gone through. Above all, I feel free.” We’re glad to have such a thoughtful man working for us, and one who’s such a good, patient translator. Thank you, Oscar, for all the hard work you do. And thanks to all you readers for checking in — we appreciate you as well! Remember, if you need to “check in” with a legal issue, you should give New Frontier Immigration Law a call immediately.

up the good work that won them the Nobel Peace Prize, it seems like that status quo could be within reach.



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