Immigration Project News

Not-Quite-Cinco-de-Mayo Party a Blast

Guests at our May 3 fundraiser enjoyed eating tamales, drinking margaritas, and listening to musiClaudia and guestc by the Latin band, Los Explosivos. Attendees included such important persons in our legal community as Prairie State Legal Services managing attorney Adrian Barr; retired Judge Don Bernardi; family attorney Helen Ogar; and Illinois People’s Action executive director and lead organizers Don and Dawn Carlson. This important fundraiser helped to celebrate the work we do helping immigrants in Bloomington and throughout Central and Southern Illinois.guests5Cristina Laurie guests4guests

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.

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 maue5@charter.net.

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.

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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 drlaurieb1@frontier.com

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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!

April 4 Fundraiser

 As current and former members of the Board of Directors of The Immigration Project, we cordially invite you to join us for a wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres to celebrate and support the services provided to immigrant communities throughout downstate Illinois by the dedicated attorneys and staff of The Immigration Project.

Date:  Thursday, April 4

Time:  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Location:  Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C., 105 West Madison Street, Suite 2200, Chicago, IL 60602 (see map below)

Donations: Donations will be accepted at the event via credit card, check, and cash.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Respectfully,

Randall Rapp, Elizabeth Rompf Bruen, Craig Mousin, and Susan Schreiber

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Matching Grant Multiplies Your Contribution

 Thanks to a generous matching grant recently awarded to the Immigration Project, the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois will donate $2 for every new $1 donated to the Project by June 30. Thank you LTF for your support!

Donate NOW and triple your contribution!

Lawyer helps immigrants untangle federal laws

Excerpted from a Pantagraph article by Edith Brady-Lunny.

A law degree may not be required to decipher confusing federal immigration laws, but it doesn’t hurt to have one.  Marti Jones, executive director of The Immigration Project, and three staff attorneys, help immigrants in 87 Illinois counties navigate the rules that govern how long and under what conditions a person can live in the United States.

The territory south of Interstate 80 is home to about 100,000 immigrants, or about 5 percent of the state’s immigrant population, said Jones. Statistics available for the first six months of 2012 show the agency provided counseling and immigration advice to 546 individuals.

While illegal immigrants who cross into the U.S. without permission are among those helped, the project also assisted people from 48 countries in 2011, with the largest single group coming from Mexico, Jones recently in the project’s Bloomington office. She said calls for assistance spike with two conditions: “When people think there’s a path to legal status or something changes in their lives” that could impact their status.

Read the full story at Pantagraph.com…

Open house an introduction for Immigration Project

An open house at The Immigration Project in Bloomington on Friday drew about 50 people who were interested in using or possibly volunteering for the nonprofit legal service agency.  The Immigration Project moved from Granite City to 510 E. Washington St., Bloomington, in October 2008 in order to better serve its territory, 86 Illinois counties south of Interstate 80. Executive Director Marti Jones said the open house was organized to introduce the community to the agency, which offers help with citizenship applications among other services.

Read the full story at Pantagraph.com…