ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — By the time Evelyn Sabando started seeing walk-in clients at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, 15 people were already seated in her office waiting room.
She helped one man looking for work apply for a replacement green card. Later, she helped a U.S.-born 21-year-old casino housekeeper start an application to get her mother a green card. The woman and her mother have lived in Atlantic City for 21 years. Her mother has cleaned hotel rooms nearly the entire time.
Sabando, a government-certified Board of Immigration Appeals representative, has spent the last 23 years working with the nonprofit Camden Center for Law and Social Justice. For most of that time, she has served clients inside a converted three-story brick convent-turned-Catholic Charities building in Atlantic City, just blocks from casino row.