The Immigration Project

We are the principal provider of immigration legal services in central and southern Illinois

Who We Are

We've provided access to immigration justice to the immigrant community of downstate Illinois for over 25 years.

Recognizing that access to accurate, complete information regarding immigration law is geographically and economically restricted for underserved immigrant populations in downstate Illinois, the Immigration Project endeavors to provide access to justice for immigrants and their families through immigration-related legal and educational services to immigrants, refugees, their families and others in downstate Illinois, in a manner and context which recognizes the full dignity of each individual.

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Our Approach

We are the only not-for-profit organization in our service area that staffs full-time immigration attorneys, and we are committed to legal excellence.

With offices in the Bloomington-Normal and Champaign-Urbana areas, over 100 annual regional clinics and workshops, and state-wide partnerships we pair top-quality legal advocacy with a rural-regional service approach to ensure access to legal representation across 86 counties.

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— By charging low fees on a sliding scale, we help those in need and make application support services feasible.

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— With our help, low-income immigrant families are able to become citizens, obtain work authorization, reunite with their families, and protect themselves from deportation.

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— We have served immigrants from over 60 different countries in over 15 different languages and the majority of our staff is Spanish-English bilingual.

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Board of Directors

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Ricardo Díaz
Chairman
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Maura Toro-Morn
Vice Chairperson
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David Hirst
Secretary
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Adrian Barr
Portrait of Board member Laurie L. Bergner, Ph.D.
Laurie L. Bergner, Ph.D.
Portrait of Board member Cindy Buys.
Cindy Buys
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Tim Flavin
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Joe Johnston
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Matt Kuenning
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Kate Radder
Portrait of Board member Kevin Raica.
Kevin Raica

Staff

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Charlotte Alvarez
Executive Director
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Danielle DeWinter
Senior Staff Attorney
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Ximena Rivera
Staff Attorney
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Evisa Kambellari
Staff Attorney
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Sara Buitron Viveros
Staff Attorney
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Christine Howe
Department of Justice Representative
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Ruth Latzke
Department Of Justice Representative
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Alvaro Bello
Paralegal
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Sarah Mellor
Social Services Director
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Marianne Taylor
NAI Outreach
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David Araujo
Intake Specialist
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Grace Cardenas
Intake Specialist
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Genesis Marie R. Buendia
Office Manager
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Adriana Romero
Champaign Office/Community Navigators Assistant Manager
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Claudia Calvo-Parra
Welcome Center
Caseworker
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Rocío Peralta
Caseworker