IMMIGRANT LEGAL CENTER

2021 Annual Report

Empowering immigrants to live with confidence and free from fear.

IN 2021 Immigrant Legal Center

0
CONSULTATIONS PROVIDED
0
FULL-TIME ATTORNEYS
100
DOJ ACCREDITED REPRESENTATIVES
0
CLIENTS SERVED
0
CASES WORKED
0
CLIENT COUNTIRES OF ORIGIN
0 %
CASE SUCCESS RATE
0 +
CALLS TO NILAH
0
NEW OFFICE OPENED

DIRIAN'S STORY

“It’s difficult,” Dirian said of growing up in Honduras.

 

When Dirian was just five years old, her mother made the difficult decision to leave Honduras to seek better opportunities and a brighter future for Dirian and her then three-year-old brother.

 

In December of 2013, at just 13-years-old Dirian and her then 11-year-old brother, made the treacherous journey to the United States. Together, they traveled through Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico on foot, in cars, and even swimming in the cold Rio Grande until finally making it to the United States in January 2014.

 

“The journey was difficult, we almost died,” Dirian said.” “We would get hungry along the way but all there was to eat was a rolled-up tortilla with some chicken.”

 

At the border, Border Patrol took Dirian and her brother to “las hieleras,” rigid, cramped holding cells in Customs and Border Protection facilities.


After days at “las hieleras,” Dirian and her brother were then placed in ORR custody before being released to their mother. “It was a beautiful experience, we were all crying,” Dirian said.

 

Once safely settled in the Unites States, Dirian, her borther, and her mother were connected with an immigration attorney.

 

With the help of Immigrant Legal Center, Dirian was able to apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and have her removal proceedings terminated. In 2016 Dirian was able to adjust her status and get her Legal Permanent Resident Card and in 2021 Dirian became a U.S. Citizen.

 

“I’m very grateful for this opportunity not many people have,” Dirian said. “I can now create a better future for myself.”

Mexico 544
Guatemala 342
Other Latin American Countries 273
El Salvador 180
African Countries 128
Asian Countries 113
Unknown 57
Other 43

CLIENT COUNTIRES 

OF ORIGIN

TYPES OF CASES

Fee Waiver/ FOIA/ Waiver/ Brief Service 745
DACA/Citizenship/Family-Based/Employment Authorization 724
Asylum/Refugee 409
Removal Defense/Appeals 346
U-Visa/T-Visa/VAWA 344
SIJS 265
Other 177
Douglas, NE 342
Pottawattamie, IA 64
Hall, NE 48
Outside Nebraska & Iowa 42
Woodbury, IA 29
Other 238

CONSULTATIONS 

BY COUNTY

2021 Annual Report

Thank you for helping us welcome our newest neighbors to Nebraska & southwest Iowa.

THANK YOU TO OUR
DEDICATED FUNDERS

We depend on the generosity of our community to provide high-quality legal services, education, and advocacy for immigrants in need.

Fred and Eve Simon 

Charitable Foundation

 

 

Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy

 

 

Great Plains Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

 

Polina and Bob Schlott

 

 

Paul and Annette Smith

 

Todd and Betiana Simon

 

Mike and Susan Lebens

 

H. Lee and Carol Gendler Charitable Fund


William and Ruth Scott Foundation


John and Diana Scott Foundation

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