2016 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Kerry McGuire

Kerry McGuire

Name of Host Organization: Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
City, State: St. Paul, Minnesota
Issue area: Immigrant Populations
Sponsors: 3M; Fish & Richardson

The Project

Establish new medical-legal partnerships which will provide needed outreach and legal assistance to under-served immigrants and refugees residing in rural Minnesota.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project: 
Minnesota is a leading refugee resettlement state, and its immigrant population has tripled in the last 30 years. Agricultural and factory work draw immigrants to rural areas which lack adequate legal services. Many immigrants do not receive the legal advice and representation they need. Unfamiliarity with the law often results in consequences as extreme as deportation. This constant threat and fear of deportation destabilizes families and communities.
The Right Person For This Project: 
Kerry is the right person for the project because:
• She is dedicated to advocating for the rights of immigrants and filling in the gaps that exist in immigrant legal services
• She has prior experience working in social services for Latino immigrants in Chicago for four years and understands that working effectively with immigrants includes providing a safe space for each client to share their story
• She has worked in the areas of immigration, criminal, and family law in Minnesota

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