Lisa Johnson

  • Hosted by Legal Services of Southern Piedmont
  • Sponsored by AmeriCorps, Department of Justice, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont
  • Service location Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Issue area Children/Youth, Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2015
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program

The Project

Lisa works to assist and protect immigrant children whose families or guardians would otherwise be unable to afford critical legal assistance to guide them through the complicated immigration court process, providing consultation, education, referrals and, in some cases, representation to ensure due process and protect them from exploitation.

When the surge of children fleeing Central America by themselves began a few years ago, North Carolina saw a huge need for legal representation for these children who would otherwise be forced to face immigration proceedings alone.

Lisa is the right person for this project because she has a passion for children, non-profits, and international law. Growing up in South Florida Lisa studied and used Spanish and also volunteered with children experiencing child abuse. This continued when she earned her degree in social work focusing on child welfare. In law school, she earned a concentration in international law. All of this makes her a perfect match to represent children who are in fear of deportation and many of whom have experienced significant trauma in Central America.

What’s Next

In the next six months, Lisa plans to: Continue working with non-profit organizations to help vulnerable populations.

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