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Open Door- a campaign for immigrants in Maine

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Jennifer Archer

THE STORY:

Have you ever wanted to be a part of something special?

For me, the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) is that "something special." I have been a member of ILAP's pro bono panel since 2003, working primarily with asylum seekers to help them find a safe place in this world. This work has given my life a sense of purpose. It has helped me to see Maine as a wonderful haven for many people.  And, most importantly, it has broadened my mind and helped me recognize that one person can make a difference.

Let me give you an example: One of my asylum clients is a woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who was forced to flee her home following a series of unspeakable attacks upon her and her family by both DRC government soldiers and rebel soldiers.  When she and her children came to the United States, they spoke no English and had no support.  Fortunately, they found their way to ILAP, who reached out to me and asked me to take the case pro bono.  I worked with my client for more than 3 years, ultimately presenting her case to the Boston Immigration Court. After a 3-day trial, the Court granted my client and her children asylum.

When I think about that client and the supreme joy I felt when she was granted asylum, I am (admittedly) a bit tearful. For those who know me well, you know that I am not one who tears up easily. But I truly believe that without ILAP's help, my client would never have been able to navigate the immigration system. She would have been sent back to DRC to face horrors that we can only imagine. Now, my client is a productive member of society, holding a full-time job and volunteering in her community.  Her children are in school, and one of them is even starting college. 

There are thousands of stories just like this one, reflecting the important work that is done through ILAP.  ILAP cannot do its important work without individual financial support, however.

Please help me ensure that ILAP's important services continue by making a $30 donation to our Open Door Campaign. My personal goal is to raise $5,000 for this amazing organization by February 14, 2014.  Thank you for helping me reach this goal. 

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$3,370

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Sue & Jed

    $30

  • roger

    $30

  • Lisa Doggett

    $30

  • David Farmer

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Ian

    $60

  • Emily Anderson

    $30

  • Bruce & Kimmie

    $100

  • Margaret "Molly" P. Murphy

    $100

  • Pamela & Derek Van Volkenburgh

    $30

  • Damon Hintz

    $35

  • Miles Archer

    $50

  • Gail & Dan

    $50

  • Annette Lin Ralph

    $50

  • Kirsten Wilkins

    $50

  • Boxer-Macomber Family

    $50

  • Jane Makela

    $30

  • Dave Wexler

    $50

  • Joe Cassidy

    $50

  • Erin Darby Herrington

    $25

  • Ron and Carolyn

    $50

  • John and Meredith McArdle

    $50

  • Toby Dilworth

    $50

  • Sue Roche

    $25

  • Shane Bryant

    $100

  • Ken Spirer & Joan Leitzer

    $50

  • Lisa Adams

    $30

  • Barbara Shuler

    $50

  • Lisa

    $20

  • Robyn March

    $100

  • Anna Welch

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Adelaide Manirakiza

    $30

  • Eugene and Carolyn Edmonds

    $30

  • Karin Draper

    $30

  • Linda McGill

    $100

  • Lori Dwyer

    $25

  • Gail Sara Stern

    $50

  • Elaine Falender and Gordon Gayer

    $50

  • Meg Moran & Charles Silva

    $300

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • David C

    $200

  • Monique Mutumwinka

    $30

  • Marta Hurgin

    $15

  • TImothy Steigelman & Morrigan Burns

    $200

  • Joel Buhinja

    $100

  • Jennifer Bailey

    $25

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67% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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The Team: $29,750 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Ivan Cardona

Amount Raised

$13,425

Fundraiser Title

Jennifer Archer

Amount Raised

$3,370

 

67% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Anne Kemper

Amount Raised

$2,235

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Ronald Stegall

Amount Raised

$1,735

 

22% Raised of $8,000 Goal

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Caroline Teschke

Amount Raised

$1,700

Fundraiser Title

Shafaat Qazi

Amount Raised

$1,305

 

33% Raised of $4,000 Goal

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Peter Landis

Amount Raised

$1,020

 

20% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Maxwell Chikuta

Amount Raised

$1,015

 

20% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Jennifer Bailey

Jennifer Bailey

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

TImothy Steigelman & Morrigan Burns

TImothy Steigelman & Morrigan Burns

DONATION: $200

5 years ago

Joel Buhinja

Joel Buhinja

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Marta Hurgin

Marta Hurgin

DONATION: $15

5 years ago

Monique Mutumwinka

Monique Mutumwinka

DONATION: $30

Thank you Jennifer for the idea to invite people to participate in the fundraising. God bless you for your big heart for immigrants .ILAP is so important for everyone who need it. 5 years ago

David C

David C

DONATION: $200

5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $500

A tribute to the extraordinary services provided by ILAP to the immigrant communities in Maine. 5 years ago

Meg Moran & Charles Silva

Meg Moran & Charles Silva

DONATION: $300

5 years ago

Elaine Falender and Gordon Gayer

Elaine Falender and Gordon Gayer

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Gail Sara Stern

Gail Sara Stern

DONATION: $50

5 years ago