The Children’s Project: MIA’s Children’s Project provides free direct legal representation to Mid-South children facing deportation. Children’s Project clients have recently fled to the United States from Central America to escape violence and extreme poverty. MIA defends these children against deportation while helping them obtain lawful permanent residency in the United States. The Children’s Project protects children from harm while keeping families together.
In May 2018, federal funding for children’s deportation defense attorneys was cut nationwide. Therefore, we are no longer funded to provide free legal services to new clients. As of 2019, we continue representing over 100 children through this program.
The Survivors’ Project: MIA provides free legal services to a significant number of victims of violent crime, particularly domestic violence and sexual assault. These clients include asylum seekers fleeing persecution in their home countries and immigrants who have been targeted for violent crime here in the U.S. Although we represent asylum seekers from all over the world, the majority are Central American women fleeing epidemic levels of femicide and gender-based violence. U.S. law also provides pathways to lawful status for immigrants who have been victims of certain violent crimes in the U.S., such as domestic violence, rape, felony assault, and human trafficking.
MIA accepts referrals for Memphis-area victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, stalking, and similar crimes through our partner organization CasaLuz. Please contact CasaLuz for further assistance, as we cannot accept clients under this program who contact us directly.
Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP): Our Immigrants’ Rights Project engages in community education and advocacy through strategic partnerships.
In 2014 and 2015, MIA partnered with the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, and Comunidades Unidas en Una Voz to educate and equip Memphians with information about their legal and civil rights. In the program’s inaugural year, IRP informed 1,161 individuals about immigrants’ legal and civil rights at 16 events throughout the city. IRP also produced the Memphis Resource Guide for Immigrants and Refugees, which is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, and French.
Since February 2016, MIA has administered the Legal Orientation Program for Custodians at the Memphis Immigration Court. Through LOPC, MIA provides legal orientation presentations to the family members or “sponsors” of unaccompanied minors to assist them in navigating the immigration court process. For more information about our LOPC presentations, please contact our LOPC Coordinator, Ivonne Cornejo.
MIA is also a member of the MEMigration Coalition, a group of Memphis-based non-profit immigration programs established to increase our collective capacity to meet the overwhelming need for immigration services in our area. Our MEMigration partners include Latino Memphis’ Derechos Immigration Program, World Relief Memphis, Catholic Charities of West Tennessee’s Immigrant Services, and Community Legal Center’s Immigrant Justice Program.
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