ILC Raid Response Featured in Great Planes Conference Newsletter
Advocacy | October 31, 2019
Our response to the recent immigration raid in Madison, NE, was featured in the GP Connect, a newsletter of the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church (GPCUMC). The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) founded the National Justice For Our Neighbors network in 1999 as a response to the 1996 passage of one of the harshest immigration laws in recent history. With the support of the Nebraska and Iowa Conferences, the Immigrant Legal Center (ILC) was founded the same year as Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska (JFON-GreatPlanesConferenceNewsletterRaidsMentionNE). We are a UMC Conference Advance agency (#721).
Our Rural Capacity Building Managing Attorney, Roxana Cortés, is quoted in the article: “[A]ll detainees were transferred to Douglas County and there we were able to meet with them. A few detainees already had representation as they had been working with attorneys. With the others, we took down intake information to see if they qualify for any kind of relief. We sent out word to ask for other attorneys to take on pro-bono cases to help these detainees.”