Hundreds of immigrant rights supporters came together on Giving Tuesday to donate enough to provide more than 23 families with lawyers and legal services that help them stay safe and together and put them on the path to stability! We are truly inspired by your incredible show of generosity and support.
See stories below of people in our communities who have received life-changing legal services. Your contributions on Giving Tuesday will help more people like Helen, Osiel, and Barbara and their families.
“Without my lawyers, my chances of winning asylum would have gone down to 10% or less.” Helen is an asylee, and a former client of NIJC. The legal help she received through NIJC allowed her to navigate the complex asylum system and ensuring she and her daughter would never need to face her abusive husband back in Honduras. Read about why she credits the legal help she got with saving her life.
“Since I got to the United States, my life has changed from night to day.” Osiel is a gay man from Venezuela, who, after a lifetime of escalating discrimination and violence, came to Chicago to start a new life. Read about how getting legal help Osiel get a new start in life, in safety.
“It felt like this would be a great way to give back to the community and help others.” Barbara, a pharmacy resident at a Chicago hospital, wasn’t sure if she’d be able to continue her education because her now-abusive husband wasn’t helping her apply for a permanent green card. NIJC attorneys connected Barbara to counseling services, and helped her gather the documentation needed to prove her case. Read about how Barbara is now making a difference in her community as an essential worker.