We have discovered that many of our clients who face deportation would have been on a path to citizenship if they had proper legal information when they were children. As a result, we developed a preventative legal model partnering with schools and organizations that work with immigrant children and their families.
While gaining an immigration status and becoming a citizen remove critical economic and social barriers for immigrant families, we know these are not the only issues affecting our clients. We work with strategic community partners on collaborative efforts to provide bundled services in tandem that address other barriers to increasing earning and asset development in immigrant families.
Building community power through collective action is the most effective way for communities to work towards lasting social change. By framing our services around the goals of our clients and working with community organizing and advocacy groups in support of their efforts, we can build stronger communities.