Nonprofit agency provides immigration removal defense law services to those in need.
Kansas City, MO (JANUARY 8, 2013) – Kansas City’s first and only nonprofit immigration removal defense law firm, The Clinic, celebrated its first anniversary January 3, 2013.
It is hard to believe that a year has gone by since The Clinic opened its door in the city’s Westside/Crossroads district. Representing non-citizens facing removal from the United States can be a stressful experience that requires equal parts of compassion and competency. But that is the gap The Clinic strove to fill. Having represented 122 clients in its yearlong journey, The Clinic serves individuals in removal proceedings that meet the federal government’s poverty guidelines. Of those 122 clients, 11 have been pro-bono cases; the remaining cases were discounted-fee. Beyond active representations, The Clinic has worked diligently to disseminate reliable information and educate clients, their families and the community at large in furtherance of the notion that knowledge was power.
Until The Clinic opened its doors, many immigrants with limited resources, were forced to either represent themselves or sacrifice their rights altogether in the face of an overwhelming process; the results left families divided and dreams shattered. Sometimes, these individuals faced removal to countries they did not know that spoke languages they did not speak. A year later, the spark that was lit with the opening of The Clinic is beginning to grow stronger.
Earlier in 2012, The Clinic hired a bilingual employee to assist in the day-to-day interactions with clients and potential clients, many of whom are incarcerated at detention facilities throughout the states of Missouri and Kansas. The Clinic currently has three full time employees – an attorney, a clinic coordinator and a clinic administrative assistant.
In early fall, The Clinic received its 501(c)(3) status enabling it to accept much needed tax deductible donations from individuals and institutions who support the cause. In an effort to increase capital while honoring the appeal of world music, The Clinic held its first fundraiser on December 1, featuring Penn Masala, Astha a capella and The Ghungroos. The groups comprised of college students from around the country, brought fusion a capella to the Kansas City area. Hundreds of music fans and supporters of The Clinic attended the event, held at Johnson County Community College’s Carlsen Center. It was an amazing night that left many in excited anticipation for the 2013 fundraising event.
In 2013 The Clinic will expand its fundraising efforts in order to increase its pro-bono and discounted legal services, in addition to continuing its educational outreach. The Clinic appreciates donations, whether mailed in or made online from The Clinic website.