We had the largest number of volunteers ever this year and were able to match over 90% of the applicants with their own attorney! We had help with the press and materials from Ya es Hora, a project of NALEO and back-up from our national American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
The American Immigration Lawyers Association – Philadelphia Chapter (lead sponsor), La Comunidad Hispana, Downingtown Library, Keystone Opportunity Center with the Lansdale Public Library, Multicultural Community Family Services of Upper Darby, ACLU of Pennsylvania, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of PA, Catholic Charities, Christian Legal Clinics, Ceiba, District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund, Esperanza Immigration Legal Services, HIAS Pennsylvania, Nationalities Service Center, Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, and The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians.
This year we had a record 5 sites: Lansdale Library (hosted by Keystone Opportunity Center); Downington Library (organized by Disna Weerasinghe); La Comunidad Hispana; Allentown Catholic Charities; Upper Darby Multicultural Community Family Services Center:
130 prospective applicants attended information sessions and were screened for eligibility
67 volunteers participated, including 33 attorneys
27 volunteers spoke (15 distinct) other languages including Spanish, French, German, Russian, Portuguese, Kiswahili, Malayam, Hindi, Chinese (Mandarin), Korean, Urdu, Nepalese, Ukrainian, Belarussian, Sinhala, English
68 clients completed their applications with attorneys
4 completed their application on their own
Countries represented included (incomplete list):
Iraq, Bangladesh, India, Mexico, Niger, Nigeria, Congo, Jamaica, Germany, Liberia, Indonesia, Thailand, Honduras, China, Korea, Vietnam, Great Britain, Sri Lanka