Immigrants are transforming the Church in the United States. In fact, immigrant congregations are growing faster than any other segment of evangelical churches. How does the Church respond to this? World Relief Immigration Programs of World Relief exists to empower local churches to directly serve immigrants in the context of immigration legal services, and to lead World Relief field offices and evangelical denominations to likewise empower local churches. ILS leads denominations and churches in discernment of immigration legal ministry, education surrounding church-based immigration legal services clinics, training opportunities for church-based clinic sites and staff/volunteers, and programmatic start up and support for these sites.

ILS also supports its field offices and works with these experienced direct provider offices to engage the local church and provide guidance and technical support to those interested in offering their own immigration legal clinics as an embodiment of Christ's Gospel of word and deed.

Immigration Legal Support Network

Click here for more information on World Relief’s Immigration Legal Support Network. For those interested in joining, please complete the following:

  1.  Listen to an Introduction to the Network Call
  2. Read the R&A Step by Step Guide and Church Leaders’ Launch Guide
  3. Complete the Sustainability Assessment
  4. Complete the Application Form on the Legal Support Network page
  5. Wait to be contacted by a World Relief staff member

Upcoming Immigration Law Trainings

World Relief Immigration Legal Services Technical Unit is pleased to offer intensive, 40 hour immigration law trainings. The trainings are conducted using the curriculum of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC). This course will help to provide the necessary training component for individuals who wish to apply for accreditation from the Department of Justice (DOJ). DOJ recognition and accreditation allows non-attorneys working in DOJ recognized non-profit organizations to practice immigration law. The course will touch on all areas of immigration law and practice focusing on topics most relevant to those serving and representing low-income immigrants.

Due to the requirements of the accreditation application process, we recommend that only individuals with U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residence, or other long-term immigration status apply for this training.

Additional requirements for applying for Department of Justice (DOJ) recognition and accreditation will be discussed during the training week. Participants who pass the take-home test will receive a certificate of completion from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), the authors of the training curriculum. This will help participants in the process of obtaining DOJ accreditation.

April 8-12, 2019

World Relief & Mennonite Central Committee – Akron, PA


June 10 – 14, 2019 

World Relief & The Center for Justice and Reconciliation at Point Loma Nazarene University —
San Diego, CA.



September 9-13, 2019

World Relief & Mennonite Central Committee – Akron, PA


Home Office Immigration Legal Services Staff

Courtney Tudi, Esq., Director
Courtney graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and is licensed to practice law in the State of Colorado. Courtney also obtained her M.A. in International Human Rights from University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies and her B.A. in History and Teaching English as a Second Language from Azusa Pacific University. She previously worked with the African Community Center in Denver as a pro bono attorney where she assisted refugees with issues related to legal permanent residency and TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) benefits. Courtney also worked at United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in Washington, D.C. Courtney is leading the ILS Technical Unit in improving systems to deliver excellent services to World Relief field offices and church-based partners.

Patricia Chiriboga-Roby, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney 
Patricia Chiriboga-Roby has been the Senior Staff Attorney at World Relief since 2009. She offers direct client services in the Baltimore Immigration Legal Clinic and provides mentoring and legal support to the Immigration Legal Support Network. She has also been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law General Summer Legal Clinic (2009-2014). Since graduating from the University of Maryland Law School, she has been practicing immigration law for more than 20 years. Her work has involved representation of low-income immigrants in asylum, family immigration, and removal proceedings before the Baltimore Immigration Court, the Department of Homeland Security and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Sarah Bankard, Capacity Building Specialist 
Sarah is the Capacity Building Specialist of World Relief’s Immigration Legal Services Tech Unit. She works with World Relief’s field offices and church sites on applications and issues pertaining to the Department of Justice Recognition and Accreditation Program. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Spanish from McDaniel College in 2013. After graduating from college, Sarah completed an InterVarsity Urban Program in Alexandria, VA where she lived and worked with the local immigrant population while studying God’s heart for justice in Washington, DC. Sarah joined World Relief in 2014 as an intern for the Vice President of Advocacy and she joined the ILS Technical Unit in 2015.

Kjerstin Lewis, Legal Resources and Training Specialist
Kjerstin is the Legal Resources and Training Specialist and a DOJ Accredited Representative with World Relief Immigration Programs. Kjerstin has worked at World Relief since August 2014 when she started as an Immigration Legal Assistant on a volunteer basis with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. After serving as a volunteer for a year, she felt called to continue to work with vulnerable immigrants and joined the Immigration Programs Team. Finally, in May 2016 she received her partial accreditation through the Department of Justice and she has been actively practicing immigration law ever since. Kjerstin is a graduate of Wartburg College in Iowa and received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Community Sociology and Spanish in 2013.

Claire Rasberry, DOJ Accredited Representative
Claire is a DOJ Accredited Representative with World Relief Immigration Programs. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Political Science and Spanish, with a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Washington and Lee University in May 2012. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she attended the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and obtained her Juris Doctor degree in December 2014. During her time at UM Law, she worked on immigration cases as a Student Attorney as part of the Summer Immigration Legal Clinic, was a co-leader of the Immigration Law and Policy Society and volunteered with the Esperanza Center and with the Law Office of Katherine Canto, an immigration firm located in Towson, MD. Upon graduating, Claire worked as a full-time legal assistant with Mrs. Canto’s office until August 2016, during which time she assisted Attorney Canto with various cases before USCIS, the Immigration Court (EOIR) and the Board of Immigration Appeals. She became a staff member with the Immigration Programs at World Relief in August 2016 and she received her partial accreditation from the Department of Justice in July 2017


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