COIN has gotten many requests from attorneys and other friends who want to help families and other detained immigrants at the border.
Here are two ways you can help:
1. Immigration Justice Campaign
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), American Immigration Council and the American Immigrant Representation Project's program. For those interested in volunteering - please go to the Immigration Justice Campaign site to find opportunities to plug in and make a difference, in-person or remotely.
2. RAICES -The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services in Texas - Has the following opportunities to learn more or volunteer:
Wednesday June 27th at 6:30PM RAICES is hosting a panel discussion and Facebook LIVE. Titled Families at Risk: Seeking Asylum in the Age of Trump, panel includes experts on the current crisis who will discuss solutions. Register here and join their Facebook page to watch live.
If you would like to be a part of The Canopy: Post-Release Support Program, please sign up here.
If you are an attorney and would like to volunteer, please sign up here.
Here, for general volunteer opportunities:
*Thank you for sharing these opportunities with others who want to help.
Please remember our COIN partners in Indianapolis serving the legal needs of immigrants and refugees: Catholic Charities, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, Indiana Legal Services, and Exodus Refugee Immigration.
Families belong together. Let's make that message loud and clear.
There's no feeling like hearing someone applying for citizenship say they are doing it so they can vote.
On Saturday, June 2nd, COIN and our partners (Indiana Legal Services, Hope For Tomorrow, Christ Church Cathedral, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, and Catholic Charities) hosted our second naturalization workshop of 2018. Together with over 20 volunteers we were able to help 40 legal permanent residents apply for naturalization!
A few reasons why we host naturalization workshops:
1. You read it above: voting. No matter who you vote for, the act of voting is as American as apple pie. Voting is another expression of the freedom of speech, allows us to share in our hopes and dreams for our community, and empowers us to share our voice. What a great freedom our citizenship gives us!
2. Naturalization workshops are a need in our community. The Immigrant Integration Plan from the Immigrant Welcome Center shares with us that over 60% of eligible immigrants in Indiana have not yet naturalized. There may be several reasons for a number so high, but there is no denying that low cost, accessible naturalization workshops are a need within the newcomer community.
3. When I said "low cost, accessible naturalization workshop" above, I meant it. The clinics that we have hosted have been free of charge, in a location that is accessible and central to a large number of immigrant families. The cost to apply for naturalization is $725, without added attorney fees or a fee waiver. Naturalization workshops allow families access to attorney review, giving them a sense of security and possibly saving them a large amount of money.
Not everyone will want to become a United States citizen; not everyone will be able to become one. That is fine. We hope that those who do become citizens of the United States feel safe, feel secure, and feel empowered. That is why we host naturalization workshops.