Kelly L. Durden

  • Hosted by Legal Services of Southern Piedmont
  • Service location Charlotte
  • Law school University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Issue area Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2014
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program

The Project

The justice AmeriCorps Fellows represent immigrant children ages 15 and under who crossed the border into the United States without a parent or guardian and whose first appearance in immigration court was on or after January 2, 2015. The goal is to provide representation to children and assist them in finding legal remedies to help them gain status as a legal permanent resident or citizen in the US.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project

This fellowship addresses the need for representation for children that either cannot afford representation or are not mentally capable of representing themselves in court. Furthermore, through this project, immigrant children and their families are provided information about their rights and potential legal remedies.

What are your goals?

My goal is always to do everything I can to better the situation of my clients, whether that means assisting with an asylum application or simply explaining the process of court so that someone coming for the first time understands what to expect.

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Gilbert Cavazos

Host: Catholic Charities Dallas

Sponsor: AmeriCorps, Catholic Charities of Dallas, U.S. Department of Justice

Lisa Johnson

Host: Legal Services of Southern Piedmont

Sponsor: AmeriCorps, Department of Justice, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont

Stephen Dekovich

Host: Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition

Sponsor: McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Kristin Connor

Host: Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services, Inc.

Sponsor: Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Texas Access to Justice Foundation