Here’s what we’ve been up to…
We open our doors, set up the office, and begin accepting new clients. Our executive director’s column on the politics of refugee law is published in The Federal Lawyer.
We meet with community partners and streamline our referral process for organizations whose current clients need free or low-cost immigration services.
By the end of the year, we represent 13 clients. They include 4 asylum seekers fleeing from persecution in Honduras and Guatemala; 3 of these asylum seekers are minor children. Two of our clients are fathers fighting against deportation. Both dads have U.S. citizen children; both have lived in rural Tennessee towns for more than ten years.
The majority of our clients are victims of violent crimes who qualify for immigration status based on their cooperation with law enforcement in the investigation of the crime. All of our clients live in households making less than federal poverty level.
In the new year, the staff attorney provides training to members of the local workers’ center on immigration options for victims of workplace crimes.
Our executive director designs and moderates a discussion on the effects of international law on U.S. asylum claims at a national conference in D.C.
Our staff teaches 11 law students how to prepare applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals during the University of Memphis Law School’s Alternative Spring Break. The students help over 20 people who grew up in the United States apply for work permits and deportation reprieves.
By the end of our 6th month, MIA represents 32 clients. Our clients come from 4 continents. Some of our clients have lived in the Mid-South for decades; others came just months ago to escape persecution. Seven of our clients are children. All of our clients are pursuing the American Dream.
How to help…
- By mail:
Memphis Immigration Advocates
2299 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
- In-kind contributions:
If you wish to donate office supplies, professional services, or other non-monetary gifts, please contact us to make arrangements by email at info(at)memphisimmigrationadvocates.org.
MIA has applied to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. We expect, but cannot yet guarantee, that donations to MIA will be tax deductible. MIA is registered as a nonprofit corporation in the State of Tennessee.
Volunteer opportunities & internships.
MIA relies on volunteers and interns so we can provide superior service to our clients. You do not need to know another language or have a legal background to help.
In some circumstances, college or law school credit may be available. All internships are unpaid, but we provide a deeply rewarding, educational experience to all of our interns.
Please email Executive Director Dr. Alicia Triche at triche(at)memphisimmigrationadvocates.org if you are interested in volunteering or interning.