Immigration Legal Services and Legal Support Network
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
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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.
All in-person 40 Hour Basic Immigration Trainings have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
World Relief is planning to do a remote Basic Immigration Law Course in early 2021 and an in-person training in Spring 2021 in Akron, PA. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 Manager
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.
Jeanne Funk, Esq., Legal Training and Technical Assistance Manager
Jeanne has practiced family-based immigration since 2002. Prior to joining World Relief, Jeanne represented clients in family-based immigration cases, naturalization and humanitarian relief including VAWA and U Visas as a solo practitioner. She has also worked with NH Catholic Charities and the International Institute of NH as a VAWA/U-Visa attorney. She has been an invited trainer regionally and nationally including for AILA’s National Conference, the Federal Bar Association’s Immigration Conference, and CLINIC trainings. Jeanne received her B.A. from Villanova University and her J.D. from Northeastern University. She has served on the NH Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force, the Greater Manchester Committee Against Domestic Violence, and the NH Attorney General’s subcommittee on Immigrants and Domestic Violence.