Connect for Immigrants 2017

MIRC’s Connect for Immigrants event was truly amazing. The event took place on March 16, 2017, at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. Below please find information about the various organizations that attended.  

Asylee Women Enterprise (AWE) helps women seeking asylum to rebuild their lives and their spirits. AWE provides transitional housing, companionship and community to asylum seekers by offering a safe and nurturing home, opportunities to connect within the larger community and each other.

Ayuda envisions a community where all immigrants overcome obstacles in order to succeed and thrive in the United States. We realize our vision by advocating for low-income immigrants through direct legal, social and language services, training and outreach in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.

Baltimore Immigration Bond Hearing Observation Project observes bond and removal hearings at the Baltimore Immigration Court to ensure fair treatment to immigrants and record their information and stories in order to match them with an attorney willing to do pro-bono.

Catholic Charities of Baltimore, Esperanza Center is a comprehensive immigrant resource center that offers hope and essential services to people who are new to the U.S. Our dedicated staff and volunteers provide services and referrals, ESL education, healthcare, and low-cost immigration legal services to thousands each year.

Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. (CDM) envisions a world where migrant workers’ rights are respected and laws and policies reflect their voices. CDM empowers Mexico-based migrant workers to defend and protect their rights as they move between their home communities in Mexico and their workplaces in the United States.

Centro SOL promotes equity in health and opportunity for Latinos by advancing clinical care, research, education, and advocacy at Johns Hopkins and beyond in active partnership with our Latino neighbors.

Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

Creative Alliance supports both the arts in Baltimore and our neighboring communities by connecting the two. Many of our most exciting programs – from family friendly festivals, to ethnic arts workshops, to world music dance parties – both serve diverse communities and give them a platform to share their cultures with broad audiences.

DC Detention Visitation Network are members of DC, Maryland, and Virginia communities who are concerned about the welfare of people affected by immigration detention. We provide friendship and support by making visits and writing to people who are detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Maryland and Virginia.

Education Based Latino Outreach (EBLO) EBLO’s mission is to improve the lives of Latino youth and their families through educational and cultural initiatives.

Episcopal Refugee & Immigrant Center Alliance (ERICA) welcomes those fleeing injustice, poverty and persecution in other countries. ERICA helps refugees, asylum seekers and other humanitarian immigrants in Greater Baltimore rebuild their lives through one-on-one problem solving, material assistance, and educational workshops.

FIRN, Inc. is a nonprofit organization in Howard County, Maryland that empowers immigrants, refugees, asylees and other foreign-born individuals by helping them to access community resources and opportunities. FIRN provides immigration counseling and citizenship classes, interpreting & translation services, English tutoring, information and referrals and a variety of workshops.

 HIAS rescues people whose lives are in danger for being who they are by protecting the most vulnerable refugees, helping them build new lives and reuniting them with their families in safety and freedom. We also advocate for the protection of refugees and asylum seekers, and assure that displaced people are treated with the dignity they deserve.

Human Trafficking Pro Bono Resource Center empowers trafficked women, men, and children to seek justice. We lead national efforts to hold human traffickers accountable for their crimes and to raise awareness of victims’ rights. By linking trafficking victims with highly-skilled attorneys, we work to obtain criminal convictions, criminal restitution, and civil judgments against traffickers. With pro bono legal assistance, trafficking survivors can rebuild their lives.

Intercultural Counseling Connection’s mission is to provide culturally responsive mental health services for asylum seekers, refugees, and other forced migrants living in Maryland. These services are provided at no cost to clients, through a network of participating therapists.

Justice for our Neighbors (JFON) is a non-profit organization operating through the United Methodist Church to provide free, high-quality immigration legal services to immigrants in our communities and encourage cross-cultural community building in the DC-Baltimore area.

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) staff and our pro bono attorney partners at law firms, corporations, and law schools nationwide represent unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings. Together, we ensure that no child stands in court alone.

 LASOS offers adult literacy services that include ESOL and citizenship classes; a family literacy program that incorporates a ready-by-school initiative, an at-risk youth development program that supports academic, social, and emotional success; and connect members to Harford County’s network of service providers.

Maryland ACLU works to ensure that all people in the state of Maryland are free to think and speak as they choose and can lead their lives free from discrimination and unwarranted government intrusion. We are guided in our work by the United States Bill of Rights and the Maryland Declaration of Rights. The Maryland ACLU acts without partisanship to achieve these goals.

PBRC’s Unaccompanied Children Pro Bono Project is a partnership between immigration legal services providers using volunteers to assist unaccompanied children. PBRC recruits & trains attorney and non-attorney volunteers and connects them with nonprofits in the partnership. PBRC also manages a legal clinic for UACs in the Baltimore Immigration Court. Stop by PBRC’s table to learn about Human Rights First’s court program too!

Soccer without Borders uses soccer as a vehicle of change to help provide a toolkit for newcomer (refugee, asylee, and immigrant) youth to overcome obstacles to social inclusion and personal success.

Tahirih Justice Center protects courageous immigrant women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence. By elevating their voices in communities, courts, and Congress, we are creating a world where all women and girls enjoy equality and live in safety and with dignity.

United We Dream addresses the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and, by empowering immigrant youth, advances the cause of the entire community—justice for all immigrants. We believe we can build power by organizing at the local, regional, and national levels and aim to provide tools and resources to support our leaders and member organizations, as well as create meaningful alliances with other advocacy organizations.

World Relief Baltimore Immigration Legal Clinic (“The Clinic”) provides assistance to immigrants or their family members who reside within the state of Maryland, or who have cases with the Immigration Court in Maryland. In addition, the Clinic participates in a joint program with the University of Maryland – School of Law to provide free consultations to individuals in deportation proceedings.