Martha Laura Garcia
The main goal of the project is to assist the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center (“NMILC”) in responding to the growing demand of legal services for the immigrant community in New Mexico. Specifically, the project is divided into four service categories. First, the Fellow will provide direct representation to individuals qualifying for legal services in immigration-related matters. Second, the Fellow will assist with pro se litigants in their cases. This includes not only in person assistance, but also developing pro se materials for litigants. Third, the Fellow will mentor and train pro bono attorneys who wish to dedicate their time to serving the immigrant communities. Finally, the Fellow will cultivate partnerships with community organizations in the area through outreach. This includes co-hosting know your rights workshops and other advocacy efforts with local organizations.
Martha Laura is the right person for the project because:
- As an immigrant herself, she understands the impact access to legal services can have on a person’s life
- She is culturally sensitive to the needs of immigrant communities and has dedicated her legal career to empowering them
- She has experience in community outreach and maintaining partnerships with immigrant rights organizations
- She has worked with clients one-on-one in their immigration cases
In the first six months, Martha Laura will:
- Represent a reasonable number of clients with immigration cases.
- Reach out to pro bono networks in the area
- Visit community partners to find new ways to work together
- Become acquainted with the existing outreach material at the NMILC and expand and update as necessary
- Identify areas of need in the community and develop a plan to fill those needs.
- Get to know the community being served by the NMILC