For the last ten years, a dedicated group of ILJ-MI volunteers have visited with immigrant men held in the Monroe County Dormitory Facility. Slated to be deported, the men are detained there by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Faced with the realities and challenges of obtaining a legal pathway to remain in the country, most of the men are stressed and extremely anxious about their families.
When only 15 years old, Juan fled to the United States from Guatemala to escape violence and persecution. After years of pursuing multiple ways to secure his legal status, ILJ-MI recently told Juan that he will receive his green card as a Lawful Permanent Resident!
This summer and fall, news from the immigration field included announcements about Temporary Protected Status, commonly referred to as TPS (Temporary Protected Status). The public is familiar with immigration terms such as green cards, naturalization, deportation, and visas, but perhaps less familiar with TPS.
The ILJ-MI book club meets bi-monthly virtually to discuss titles that are relevant to our clients and immigrant and refugee stories. It would be a pleasure if you joined us. The group is casual and conservational, and you can participate even if you haven’t read (or finished) the book.
ILJ-MI staff members work closely with many clients who have experienced traumatic and heartbreaking circumstances. In order to prepare the required immigration applications, they must elicit all the details of their clients’ ordeals. Documenting the horrors clients have endured often causes workplace-related secondary trauma for staff.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022, the Traverse City office of Immigration Law & Justice Michigan has served over 100 new Ukrainian clients.
Julio Lopez has seen extensive hardships in his immigration journey, from being trafficked as an undocumented minor to being exploited by his own family, yet his resolve and courage have led him to get an approved T visa, an advanced degree, and a potential career in accounting.
Justice for Our Neighbors Michigan begins a new era today as Immigration Law & Justice Michigan!