Komlan is an immigrant from Togo. He was thrilled to get his citizenship! Adrian is an young immigrant from Lebanon. He was so happy and relieved to get Deferred Action that shields him from deportation and allows him to get paid work. Gabriela is an immigrant from Bolivia. Fearful of going to the authorities when she was abused by her husband, she was finally helped to do so. Karla is from Mexico. She was recently able to bring her children to join her here.
What do all these immigrants have in common? They all got help from the Immigration Project! While immigrants in the Chicago area have many services, those in the rest of Illinois are often left isolated, without specialized immigration legal services, or if there are some, they don’t have the money to pay for them. That’s where the Immigration Project comes in. Our 4 immigration attorneys, all fluent in Spanish, travel all over Illinois to bring information and legal services to immigrants who wouldn’t have access to them otherwise. They bring information clinics to many regions of the state, giving free legal consultations, and they work on citizenship and Deferred Action applications. They take on legal cases for family reunification and victims of crime, including domestic violence.
But our organization is struggling to be able to keep up our services. Some of the grants we exist on, including monies from the debt-ridden State, are in jeopardy or have already been cut. We are struggling to serve everyone who needs us, forced to start a waiting list, and the situation will only get worse. We want to be able to continue our important work, providing professional, timely, affordable legal aid.
Can you give to keep our doors open and our attorneys traveling to bring these services to immigrants?