If you know someone who doesn't speak English, they can be assisted at many organizations now thanks to interpreters available.
When someone needs to access services, staff at 13 nonprofits will connect with a translator who can speak Spanish, Arabic, Swahili, Vietnamese, French or any other desired language.
The organizations cover a range of services including legal services, housing, food access, mental health, workforce, and financial counseling.
Thank you to Mayor Lee Harris and the Shelby County Community Services for making Language Connection possible.
World Relief Memphis United Way of the Mid-South Latino Memphis Catholic Charities of West Tennessee Porter-Leath Greater Memphis Financial Empowerment Center Mid-South Food Bank United Housing, Inc. Community Legal Center Advocates for Immigrant Rights Alliance Healthcare Services HopeWorks Memphis
Gracias a GiVE 365 Memphis por seleccionar a CasaLuz como recipiente de una subvención del programa de subvenciones del año 2022, el cual tiene como enfoque el tema “Protegiendo a las Comunidades”. Tuvimos la oportunidad de compartir con el resto de las organizaciones locales que también recibieron estos fondos durante el Desayuno que tuvo efecto la semana pasada.
Los fondos de la subvención se utilizarán para apoyar a nuestras consejeras bilingües/biculturales que ofrecen sesiones de consejería individual y de grupos de apoyo para ayudar a mejorar la calidad de vida de nuestros clientes Hispanos/Latinx, y a romper el ciclo de la violencia familiar.
Gracias por su apoyo, y felicitaciones a los otros beneficiarios: 901 B.L.O.C. Squad (Violence Reduction), Advocates for Immigrant Rights, Carpenter Art Garden, The Gentlemen's League, Love Doesn't Hurt, Memphis Rox Climbing + Community, and Thistle & Bee Enterprises!
Thank you to GiVE 365 Memphis for selecting CasaLuz as a 2022 Protecting Communities grant program recipient! We had a chance to share with other local organizations that received grants during the Grantee Breakfast last week.
Grant funds will be used to support CasaLuz bilingual/bicultural counselors who provide individual counseling and support groups to help improve the quality of life of our Hispanic/Latinx clients and their children and break the cycle of violence within families.
Thank you for your support and congratulations to other grantees: , Advocates for Immigrant Rights, Carpenter Art Garden, The Gentlemen's League, Love Doesn't Hurt, Memphis Rox Climbing + Community, and Thistle & Bee Enterprises!
We are grateful to the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law students who worked with the CLC and our Welcome South partners (Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Mid-South Immigration Advocates) on their spring break to research and draft legal memoranda and created an annotated research index that will aid in our efforts to seek asylum for 28 Afghan refugees.
We are grateful to the wonderful students of St. Mary's Episcopal School for their support of the work of the CLC and its partner organizations in Welcome South, Advocates for Immigrant Rights, and Mid-South Immigration Advocates!
Their student-led community fund provided a generous grant of $6,795 to Welcome South. This grant will pay for the court filing fees for 30 immigrant children in our community as they obtain guardianships and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, formally beginning their path toward naturalization and U.S. citizenship.
Gran trabajo en mi representación Advocates for Immigrant Rights ahora disfruto de esta gran victoria. Gracias
Manuel won his asylum case and he wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Southern Poverty Law Center and Advocates for Immigrant Rights’ impeccable work.
PLEASE y’all, donate to a legal organization of your choosing. These organizations are our lighthouse in the dark. We immigrants TRULY need them. Here’s are a few more doing amazing work in Shelby County and throughout Tennessee:
- Community Legal Center
- Mid-South Immigration Advocates
- Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition [TIRRC]
Today is a day for celebración because Manuel’s asylum was granted.
“Thank you to my attorneys Casey with Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Gracie with Southern Poverty Law Center who represented me in court today. Thank you to all the attorneys and paralegals who helped build my case, who defended me.
Thank you to all of you who kept me in your thoughts. To everyone who sent letters and books while I was being detained. To everyone who donated. To everyone who organized events and helped keep my story in the media.
No journalist should ever be afraid to do their job.”
🚨Gracias a todos. Hoy es un día de celebración porque el asilo de Manuel Duran fue aprobado.
“Gracias a las abogadas Casey con Advocates for Immigrant Rights y Gracie con Southern Poverty Law Center que me representaron hoy en mi corte de asilo. Gracias a todos los abogados y paralegales que ayudaron a armar mi caso, a defenderme.
Gracias a todos los que estuvieron pendientes de mi caso, a los que escribieron cartas y enviaron libros, a los que hicieron donaciones. A los que organizaron los eventos que hicieron que mi caso permaneciera en el radar.
Ningún periodista debería tener miedo de hacer su trabajo.”
We are so happy to introduce y'all to Ashton Jones, our Spring Extern from University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She will be working with our Survivors' Project, focusing on civil remedies for immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and similar crimes. Looking forward to a great semester! More about Ashton:
"I am a 2L at the University of Memphis—Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. I am originally from Nashville and decided to go to law school after seeing a need for advocates against domestic abuse in my community. I originally worked with MIA alongside Community Legal Center and Advocates for Immigrant Rights for Alternative Spring Break as a part of the Welcome South coalition. My favorite classes so far have been torts, appellate advocacy, professional responsibility, and decedents’ estates. My favorite activities outside of school are streaming movies, swimming, and donating platelets to St. Jude. I am excited to be working alongside the MIA Survivors’ Project this Spring."
📢 How ICE Detention Blocks Communication, Barriers 1 & 2: Remote Locations & Transfers.
A new report documents how ICE detention centers and telecommunications corporations inhibit communication between detained migrants and their families, advocates, and attorneys, isolating people, harming their emotional wellbeing, impeding access to counsel and silencing whistleblowers. The situation has worsened since in-person community visitation remains closed despite the possibility to reinstate on-site visitation in accordance with CDC guidelines. These barriers amount to the forced disappearance of migrants.
The report, by the University of San Diego’s UCSD Mexican Migration Field Research Program, the and Innovation Law Lab, entitled “Cut Off: How ICE Detention Facilities Block Communication,” identified 6 barriers to communication. This post focuses on the remote location of ICE detention centers and transfers to and between ICE facilities.
In 2018, about 64% of detained migrants were held in rural areas. The cost and time of travel—in addition to risk for relatives who may themselves be undocumented—are often prohibitive, leaving telecommunications as the only option for contact. Transfers cause confusion, loss of information, and isolation from family, lawyers, and advocates who help with legal cases and mental health. In 2015 over 60% of detained migrants were transferred at least once.
You can read a summary of all 6 barriers and the report’s recommendations at bit.ly/CutOffSummary.
Read the full report: bit.ly/CutOffReport
The Gulf Coast Immigration Collaborative is ISLA Immigration Services and Legal Advocacy, Advocates for Immigrant Rights, Mid-South Immigration Advocates, Project Ishmael - Proyecto Ismael and Innovation Law Lab
We're hosting a happy hour for mid-south immigration attorneys and people who like/love them! Tapas on us and $5 margaritas!
Advocates for Immigrant Rights
The Biden Administration has confirmed the cancellation of the border wall. You can read more from our friends at Advocates for Immigrant Rights below-
We are pleased to announce the CLC alongside our Welcome South partners, Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Mid-South Immigration Advocates, as well as Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition [TIRRC] and CCETN Office of Immigrant Services, have been awarded $100,000 in Tennessee Bar Foundation TILF funds to support our new innovative project to leverage technology to assist clients in a groundbreaking way, leading to more efficient and effective representation of a population in need of excellent advocates. Read more here.
The Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund is thrilled to announce it has awarded operating support grants totaling $1,695,600 to 46 small- to mid-size nonprofits. Fifty-two percent of funded agencies are led executive directors/CEOs of color.
These nonprofits are directly responding to the target populations most impacted by the consequences of this outbreak with general operating dollars.
Learn more about the grantees and our resilience-focused funding at https://www.cfgm.org/covid-fund-phase-3-grants/
Congratulations to A Fresh Start to a New Beginning Advocates for Immigrant Rights AngelStreet Apple Seeds,Inc ARISE2Read Arkwings Foundation Artists for Community Transformation Asha's Refuge Calvary Rescue Mission CasaLuz Memphis Community Legal Center The Consortium MMT Constance Abbey Creative Aging DeafConnect of the Mid-South Dress for Success Memphis Family Biz Builder Fayette Cares Fayette Literacy Freeman Outreach Center Golden Cross Senior Ministries The Healing Word Counseling Center I Am My Sister's Keeper ITNMemphis The Junior League of Memphis Love Doesn't Hurt Man Up Teacher Fellows, Inc. Memphis Area Women's Council Memphis Bears Inc. PAL Memphis Inner City Rugby Memphis Library Foundation Merge Memphis Moxie Way One by One Ministries PEAS Inc.- Partnership to End AIDS Status Incorporated Play Where You Stay PURE Youth Athletics Alliance Relationship Unleashed a Nonprofit 501 c3 Organization Room In The Inn - Memphis SchoolSeed Foundation Southwest Tennessee Community College Su Casa Family Ministries Tarik Black Foundation Thistle & Bee Enterprises Thrive Memphis The Women's Advocacy Center