With help from Cuban American Bar Association (CABA) Pro Bono Legal Services, Roberto became a U.S. citizen after fleeing Guatemala, where his father had abused him for many years.

After the initial shock of being diagnosed with a brain tumor subsided, Miami teen Roberto was relieved that his Cuban American Bar Association Pro Bono Legal Services lawyers had invested so much time preparing him for adulthood.

Roberto had fled Guatemala at age 16 after years of abuse at the hands of his father. In Miami, his CABA lawyers helped him file a Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) Visa. The SIJ Visa protected him in juvenile court as a child that had been abused, abandoned, or neglected by a parent.