On a walk-in basis, Latinos Progresando’s immigration legal services program had more than 400 client visits every month in 2015.
Between the announcement of the administrative relief programs with DAPA and expanded DACA in November 2014, and the subsequent court injunction in February 2015, Latinos Progresando provided 24 educational presentations to nearly 800 community residents to offer good information, and reduce incidence of fraud.
Throughout 2015, together with our partners at La Familia Unida, Latinos Progresando provided 12 presentations to more than 180 women about the VAWA and U Visa–legal provisions that allow undocumented victims of domestic violence to adjust their immigration status independent of their abusers.
In March 2015, Marcy Gonzalez, the Director of Legal Services was recognized by the Chicago Foundation for Women with their very prestigious 30th Anniversary Impact Award. The award honored Marcy for her work to provide immigrant victims of domestic violence with a path to legal permanent residency and the possibility of economic independence.
Araceli Dominguez received her accreditation from the Department of Justice (DOJ), and three other immigration caseworkers: Silvia Jimenez, Andi Romero and Gwendolyn Estrada are preparing and applying for accreditation–a result of Latinos Progresando’s signature training program for DOJ accredited representatives.
Latinos Progresando’s success earned the program a two-year grant from the MacArthur Foundation to document its best practices and use them to develop and implement an operations-focused training and technical assistance program for emerging and expanding immigration legal services providers in Chicago, and throughout the United States.
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