Brittany is filling a justice gap in Memphis by providing civil legal services to low-income immigrants, regardless of their immigration status, and educating them about their civil rights.
Despite its large low-income immigrant population, Memphis previously had no organization offering low-cost civil legal services to immigrants. Language needs, lack of awareness of non-citizen’s Constitutional right to access the justice system, and predators who take advantage of immigrants’ fears further block meaningful access to the courts. This project helps alleviate those hurdles with direct representation for low-income immigrants on their civil matters and educational workshops on immigrants’ civil legal rights.
In the last year, Brittany has:
- Provided representation to 60 clients in cases including divorce, adoption, guardianship, consumer law matters, and landlord/tenant matters
- Provided an additional 28 individuals with brief services, advice, or referrals
- Hosted five workshops educating immigrant attendees about their civil legal rights, reaching over 115 people
- Organized and facilitated a legal clinic at which International Paper volunteers assisted immigrant clients with uncontested divorces
- Collaborated with seven other providers and organizations to expand reach and impact of the project
In the next year, Brittany plans to:
- Identify and take on eight additional cases per month
- Host six educational presentations on civil legal rights for the immigrant community
- Recruit three volunteer interpreters and five pro bono attorneys
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