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Log On for Immigrant Justice - A Benefit Drive for The Legal Clinic
Help us raise $15K to support free immigration legal services for low-income Hawaiʻi residents! Registration is free (donations welcome). To start your own fundraising page & share with your community, click on the "Help Us Fundraise" button.
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The Legal Clinic
Check back here at givebutter.com/tlc for live streaming on the day of the event, 4pm Hawaii time!
The mission of The Legal Clinic is to restore hope, dignity, and justice for low-income immigrants through high-quality immigration legal services, education and advocacy.
The Legal Clinic is a nonprofit organization based in Hawaii that offers free or low-cost legal services to our immigrant community. We believe that immigrants seeking assistance with naturalization (citizenship) applications, asylum petitions, or family reunification are entitled to high quality, experienced legal assistance. No one should be denied the help of a lawyer due to their inability to pay or due to their immigration status. The Legal Clinic also stands ready to support DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) cases, and the rights of COFA (Compacts of Free Association) citizens in Hawai‘i.
Nearly one in five Hawai‘i residents is an immigrant, and over half of the state’s immigrants are naturalized U.S. citizens. Yet access to affordable or free immigration legal services is very limited. Immigrants who fear return to their home countries due to persecution may be entitled to asylum or other legal protections, while others who are already eligible for citizenship may not know how to apply due to lack of resources and information.
Due to social distancing guidelines, The Legal Clinic hosted a virtual benefit campaign and online live-stream event instead of an in-person event on Thursday, July 16, 2020 from 4pm to 6pm. The event featured special guest video message questions with prizes, and speakers on current immigration topics such as DACA and COFA (Micronesian compact).
You can still view the recorded event at facebook.com/thelegalclinichawaii
We are so close to meeting our fundraising goal! Please help us reach our $15,000 goal by end of July 2020!
Thank you so much to so many of you who have already donated to this campaign. We are really humbled by the outpouring of community support. Whether you give $10 or $1,000 - we value the vote of support we receive from each of you!
Thank you to our generous anonymous donors who offered matching donations, and also to our national affiliate, National Justice for Our Neighbors for your matching $10,000 challenge grant! We met the challenge!!
Thanks also to our dedicated, hard-working events team (mostly volunteers) who were the brains and muscle behind this campaign and online event, which was many months in the making. It was our first time doing this, and we are so grateful for their time and expertise. Mahalo Susan L, Agnes M., Susan W, Larissa C., Nicolette M., Amy A., and Naomi L.
And where would we have been without our charming, knowledgeable, and dedicated host --also a longtime TLC volunteer --Danicole Ramos?! (You have to watch the recorded event at facebook.com/thelegalclinichawaii to learn his Costco tips).
Thanks also to our featured speakers and pre-recorded messages from U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono, TLC clients the Keaulana- and Williams families, John Egan (University of Hawaii at Manoa Refugee & Immigration Law Clinic), State Senator Stanley Chang, and Paola Rodelas (UNITE HERE Local 5).
Special thanks to filmmaker Mike Yasutake (Yasu Productions)who worked under tight deadlines to capture these important interviews during a pandemic (with 6ft distancing measures in place) - and to our volunteers Sisan, Larissa, and Nicolette for their editing contributions.
Mahalo nui loa to Sisan S., Naomi L., and Shanty A. for your thoughtful and generous prize donations, which really helped make this event more participatory and engaging. And much aloha and gratitude for Sharon Tanaka who made the beautiful haku lei which our event emcees wore. They made up for the not so glamorous plastic face shields!
It takes a village - a community of immigrants and immigrant supporters - to keep this work going. You are all part of our blessed TLC Ohana and we appreciate you all!
Enjoy a few brief videos from the event and a special message from U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (Hawaiʻi) below.
Clients of The Legal Clinic: Keoni (son) & Akinina (mother) Williams (4 min)
Clients of The Legal Clinic: Gordon & Kei Keaulana (2 min 13 sec)
A special message from U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (Hawaiʻi) (2 min)
Immigration Attorney John Egan, Director of the Refugee & Immigration Law Clinic at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (2 min 45 sec)
Hawaiʻi State Senator Stanley Chang - 9th district (5 min)
Paola Rodelas, Communications & Community Organizer, UNITE HERE Local 5 (2 min, 37 sec)
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