with Refugee and Immigration Services
Many of our pro bono attorneys have said that working with our clients gives them the ultimate “lawyer feel good moment.” Knowing that their skills and education have made a battered woman safe or a helped a refugee keep his benefits often gives them great personal and professional satisfaction. This is also a great opportunity for both law students and undergrad students who are interested in non-profit work.
Many of our pro bono attorneys help us:
- Prepare affidavits
- Draft petitions
- Help people obtain citizenship
- Draft their applications
- Prepare for the interview
- Represent them during their interview
Many of our law students help us:
- Write briefs (this can be a great writing sample for your portfolio)
- Research country conditions for asylum applicants
- Help crime and domestic violence victims write affidavits
- Prepare DACA renewals
- Prepare family-based immigration petitions
- Prepare green card renewals
- Interview clients
Many of our undergrad students help us:
- Prepare affidavits
- Draft guardianship forms
- Prepare country condition reports (research)
- Translate materials into Spanish and other languages
- Help with interpretation
If you are interested in serving the immigrant and refugee community as a legal volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We can build on your existing skill set and help you broaden your areas of expertise.
Refugees and immigrants starting a life in the United States need to make many life adjustments. Not only do they need to obtain lawful status or citizenship in the United States, but they also need to adapt to the most basic tasks, like where to buy groceries. They also need to learn how the American healthcare, transportation, and education systems work. On top of all of this, many of them also need help learning or strengthening their English language skills.
Our integration and education program supports refugees and immigrants as they learn new customs and adjust to their new home. All of our classes and programs are free to our clients, and we couldn’t provide the level of service we do without the help of our wonderful volunteers. We believe the connections our volunteers make with their clients are mutually beneficial. Our communities are stronger and more vibrant when we build bonds.
Community members visit refugees in their homes once a week for 1-2 hours to offer peer-to-peer support. Participants develop English skills, explore their communities, and discuss solutions to challenges. This program strongly encourages strengthening families and building positive relationships among participants.
One-on-one and small group classes help prepare participants to pass their naturalization USCIS interviews, with emphasis on the 100 civics questions and talking about the N-400.
Thank you for your interest in serving our refugee and immigrant community as a volunteer! To apply to be a volunteer in our integration and education program, you will be redirected to our central website for Catholic Charities Milwaukee. Our volunteer coordinator, Jessica Brandt can answer any questions you have about these opportunities.
To All of Our Generous Donors:
Your donation helps some of the most vulnerable members of our community feel self-empowered and maintain strong connections with their families. Thank you!