A pro se clinic whose mission is to assist Long Island
immigrants with their asylum cases
An Advisory Board of organizations and faith-based congregations has been formed to address the need of our Long Island immigrant sisters and brothers for assistance with their applications for asylum, or when looking for relief from deportation and detention, and other immigration related paperwork. Through history and experience, the Advisory Board recognizes that there is a dearth of services on Long Island to help with this particular need. We have designed a program that will follow the model of some very successful Pro Se Clinics operating in the NYC Metro area.
What is a pro se clinic?
'Pro Se' means 'in one's own behalf.' While the purpose of the Long Island Immigration Clinic is to assist with the need described above, it is staffed by non-attorney volunteers who are supervised by experienced immigrant rights organizers and immigration lawyers. It is not a licensed legal clinic. What it does is help those who come to fill out asylum applications, to identify ways they can obtain legal relief from deportation and detention, to understand their rights so they can fight their own case, or to assist them in locating a pro bono or low bono attorney who will represent them in court. In addition, teams of volunteers help them prepare for court appearances or interviews, and link with existing 'accompaniment' programs to accompany and support them at their hearings.
When do individuals typically come to the pro se clinic?
• When they recently arrive to this country and they want to apply for asylum
• A loved one has been detained or threatened with deportation
• They have received a deportation notice
• For help with employment and other forms connected with their immigration status
What type of volunteers and skills serve clinic needs?
Volunteers act as interpreters, are persons with computer skills (to input individuals' information into database forms), and serve as note takers to help with the completion of Intakes and the compilation of documentation required in their applications. Volunteers get initial training provided through ZOOM technology.
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Where is the Clinic located?
The Clinic will be based on the campus of the Sisters of St. Joseph, located in Brentwood, Long Island. We plan in the future to have available a 'virtual' clinic for our immigrant friends who can't travel to Brentwood, utilizing Zoom technology.
When will this start?
We are hoping to begin in the Fall of 2021. More details will be forthcoming regarding our comprehensive training program that will be provided to all clinic volunteers.
Advisory Board Member Organizations
Episcopal Diocese of LI, LI Jobs with Justice, SEPA Mujer, Sisters of St. Dominic, Sisters of St. Joseph, YAM Community Resources
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