COIN is a coalition of service providers working together to facilitate and coordinate community efforts to provide legal, psychological, and other services for immigrants in Central Indiana.
COIN's vision is of a Central Indiana professional community responsive to the unique needs of our Central Indiana immigrant population.
Coalition for Our Immigrant Neighbors was created in March 2016 by co-founding attorneys Kent Newton and Lindsay Faulkenberg as a response to the legal and psychological trauma that many immigrants and refugees face when they enter a new country. Newcomers often experience unique legal and mental health issues that are commonly ignored, misunderstood, or denied as a result of stigma, fear, and uncertainty. Many immigrants and refugees who are victims of crimes or violence do not come forward because of language barriers, shame, and fear of being deported or detained if they are undocumented. COIN, and many remarkable Indianapolis organizations witnessed these issues, and so great community partnerships quickly formed as COIN began hosting and sponsoring events, such as:
Monthly COIN partner meetings
Continuing Legal Education events for legal professionals
Know Your Rights events
Family Safety Planning Clinics
Walk a Mile in a Refugee's Shoes simulation
DACA Renewal Clinic
Trauma Informed Care trainings
Basic immigration trainings for non-attorney professionals
COIN's goals are not to provide direct service, but to facilitate and connect existing organizations that work with immigrant and refugee communities. We facilitate training of counselors, attorneys, and others so they are able to recognize how immigration law issues connect when advising and counseling clients. Therapy and advice is adjusted in light of those issues and referrals are to immigration attorneys or other professionals with more familiarity with particular issues necessary to protect the rights of clients. Outreach efforts and other referrals are made for our immigrant neighbors in order to educate and inform them about immigration law and pertinent legal rights and responsibilities. Referrals are made to social service providers as applicable.