Our Spotlight: Immigration is a newsletter which shares little-known facts about immigration law, update readers on the goings-on at our office, and discusses other issues relevant to immigrants in southeastern Wisconsin. We hope you find this newsletter useful – please feel free to share it with your communities.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES' ANTI-FRAUD PROJECT Immigrant communities are often preyed upon by unscrupulous or simply incompetent individuals who charge high fees for bad work. At Catholic Charities, we regularly meet people who paid a notario or other unqualified service provider thousands of dollars to prepare an application, only to receive a denial notice or a deportation order. These situations are avoidable. With the generous support of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Wisconsin Consumer Antifraud Fund, we focused our 2014 outreach efforts on these important issues. In presentations throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, our attorneys educated immigrants and their allies about types of fraud and misinformation they may encounter, and connected them to resources that will enable them to fight back. We also published nine issues of our informative Anti-Fraud News, all of which you can still download from this page, and share with your communities. 2015 English 2015 Spanish
It is easy to be taken advantage of when you are a “stranger” in another country. Threats of deportation, unscrupulous landlords, employers, “notarios” or attorneys, looking for their own financial gain while preying on the fears of undocumented immigrants are a commonplace occurrence. Catholic Charities provides legal counsel and assistance for those that society often sees as the “stranger” in our midst.
For new immigrants to this country, the road to citizenship can be a daunting journey. Our government is based on documents and documentation – much different than many Latin American cultures where it is often difficult to secure even basic forms. With the help of Catholic Charities, that road to citizenship has become an easier one to travel. Legal Services to immigrants typically works with newcomers to our country who are seeking to become citizens or reunify with family members living in the United States. Our services also assist individuals who are trying to secure asylum or temporary protection in the U.S.
In addition, VAWA, the Violence Against Women Act, was created in 1994 and renewed in 2000 with a broader umbrella of protection that now gives immigrant victims of domestic violence a mechanism in which to gain lawful residency in the United States. VAWA protection is extended to anyone in an abusive situation, male or female, who is married to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. A good portion of Catholic Charities’ VAWA work is trying to keep parents together with their children who were born here and are now citizens. Service: Provides information sessions, legal counsel and assistance for vulnerable individuals. Clients Served: Newcomers to the U.S. who are seeking to become citizens or reunify with family members living in the United States, individuals trying to secure asylum or temporary protection in the U.S., and immigrant victims of domestic violence. Fees for Services: Information sessions are at no charge. Legal counsel fees are on a sliding scale based on an individual's ability to pay.
Service Area: Throughout the ten counties of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
August 2012 - Legal Services for Immigrants Newsletter Agosto 2012 - Noticierio de los Servicios Legales para Inmigrantes
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Material:Documents to Submit to Demonstrate You Meet the GuidelinesEjemplos de Documentos a presentar para demostrar que cumple con los RequistosFTC UPDATES: Federal Trade Commission Warning - Avoiding Scams Against ImmigrantsUn mensaje importante de la Comisión Federal de Comercio – Cómo evitar las estafas contra inmigrantes
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