Archives for April 2013

Immigration Project Highlighted in Pantagraph Article

Read what Edith Brady-Lunny reported in the Pantagraph about the Immigration Project.

“Optimism high for success of immigration reform measure”

Chicago Fundraising Event a Veritable Who’s Who

The April 4 fundraiser was a veritable Who’s Who of Chicago immigration legal services.  Those in attendance showed up to recognize our honorees Craig Mousin and Susan Schreiber as well as to celebrate our work in Central and Southern Illinois.  Attendees included:

  • Ed Silverman, Director of the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Refugee and Immigrant Services division (and the direct supervisor of both the Refugee and Immigrant Citizenship Initiative and the New Americans Initiative);
  • Ruth Ann Schmidt, Executive Director of the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois;
  • Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director of the National Immigrant Justice Center; and
  • Fred Tsao from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

In addition, several prominent Chicago immigration attorneys attended the event as well as other representatives from the non-profit funding sector, such as Tara Magner from the MacArthur Foundation.

Proposed Immigration Reform Bill Not Law Yet

The American Immigration Lawyers Association cautions immigrants about possible notario fraud.  View the public service announcement in English or Spanish.

Read the proposed bill, “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act

May 19 Fundraiser

Join us for a Wine & Tapas Tasting party on Sunday, May 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Trenton House Restaurant at 2 East Broadway in Trenton, IL (see map below).

Tickets are $20 per person and includes tapas (appetizers), samples of a variety of wines, and non-alcoholic beverages (soda, iced tea & coffee).

Knowledgeable representatives will pour the samples and answer your wine questions.

For ticket information, call (618) 444-5934 or email

All proceeds will benefit the Immigration Project.  The Lawyer’s Trust Fund of Illinois will donate $2 for every new $1 donated to the Project by June 30, 2013.

Trenton House Restaurant

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Trenton House Restaurant 38.605310, -89.681961



May 3 Fundraiser

Date:  Friday, May 3

Time:  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Location:  Coffee Nation, 3907 GE Road (GE Road and Towanda Barnes Road) in Bloomington

Enjoy margaritas and tamales as you listen to Latin music by the band Los Explosivos

Admission:  $35

Tickets at the door OR contact Laurie Bergner at (309) 454-3113 or

Coffee Nation

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Coffee Nation 40.484203, -88.993687

New U.S. Citizen, Komlan Diabo

 To become an American was a dream I’ve had ever since I could remember.  Komlan Diabo
I don’t know how the influence came about, but I think watching the first Rocky, episodes of Tom & Jerry or the first Star Wars, what we learned about this country in Elementary school in Togo, or even Mr. Barack Obama becoming the first African-American President had something to do with it.  You could feel the freedom in it.
I’ve been in the States for 9 years and now it feels right to become a citizen of this great country. I would very much like to thank the Immigration Project staff–especially Miss Christine Howe–for helping me through this process. Thank you for making this an easy and smooth process and helping me realize my dream!!

Thank you, Garlic Press & Caffé Italia

On April 9, we hosted our second annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception.  Thank you to the Garlic Press and Caffé Italia Ristorante for donating delicious h’ordeuvres and desserts for the event.  And thank you to the tireless volunteers and interns who are the lifeblood of our organization!

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