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Kimberly Fay

  • Hosted by Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Illinois
  • Law school Valparaiso University School of Law
  • Issue area Crime Victims and Victim’s Rights Enforcement, Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Crime Victims Justice Corps

The Project

DuPage County, Illinois, is home to nearly one million residents (as of 2017), the largest population of individuals outside of Cook County, Illinois. Of these individuals, 25 percent speak a language other than English (most commonly Spanish), and many are undocumented.

Kimberly is pleased to serve as a fellow with the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services (LAS) out of their DuPage center. By expanding the services of LAS out of their Chicago headquarters, more individuals in DuPage and surrounding areas will be able to more easily access legal services. Kimberly’s work will focus on serving immigrant victims of crime, helping them to navigate the increasingly convoluted immigration system to achieve stability and security by remedying their immigration status. She will also work to educate the community directly, as well as other legal and social service providers, on issues affecting immigrants, conducting “Know Your Rights” and other presentations to keep the community informed and eliminate their fear of uncertainty.

Kimberly is bilingual in Spanish and pursued a law degree in order to use her language skills in service to the [email protected] community, so that they might not be hampered by a language barrier when accessing legal services. Kimberly has dedicated her career to immigration practice and has developed a deep compassion for the immigrant community and a heart for the unique struggles they face. She is excited for the opportunity to practice her passion through this fellowship role at LAS.

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