Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge is offering a day of free legal assistance to help qualified legal residents become U.S. citizens on Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the EBR Jones Creek Library at 6222 Jones Creek Road, Baton Rouge, LA. Experienced immigration attorneys and volunteers will review citizenship documents and offer assistance with applications.
The Naturalization Workshop is supported by Capital Area United Way and the Louisiana Bar Foundation.
“Becoming a citizen can be a maze and an intimating process for many,” said Corina Salazar, Director of the Refugee & Immigration Services. “Our staff and volunteers know how tough it is. Many have become U.S. citizens through the process themselves.”Read more...
David Aguillard, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge says Obama’s announcement is definitely a step in the right direction—albeit temporary and partial. “It will keep families together and give those that are undocumented a reason to enter a legal process, undergo a criminal background check, and pay their back taxes so they can fully be a part of our communities.”Read more...
Refugee & Immigration Services Director: Corina Salazar
State Refugee Coordinator: Ann Sperry (Interim)
Refugee Resettlement--Resettles refugee families fleeing violence in their homeland. Services provided includes language training, social and medical services, counseling, job placement, family reunification, and citizenship preparation for immigrants and refugees.
Immigration Legal Services--Immigration Legal Services assists refugees, immigrants, victims of human trafficking and torture to rebuild their lives by providing legal services, case management and translation services to access services, gain employment, and become productive members of our community. We help keep families together who are threatened with separation so they can create & rebuild for themselves a future of hope and responsibility. Through our outreach we help legal immigrants escape domestic violence, labor exploitation and in some instances forced prostitution.
Servicios Legales de Inmigración - Servicios de Inmigración Legal ayuda a los refugiados, inmigrantes, víctimas de la trata de personas y la tortura para reconstruir sus vidas por la prestación de servicios legales, manejo de casos y servicios de traducción a los servicios de acceso, el empleo de ganancia, y convertirse en miembros productivos de nuestra comunidad. Nos ayudan a mantener unidas a las familias que están amenazadas con la separación para que puedan crear y reconstruir por sí mismos un futuro de esperanza y responsabilidad. A través de nuestro alcance que ayudar a los inmigrantes legales escapar de la violencia doméstica, la explotación laboral y, en algunos casos, la prostitución forzada.
How you can help Migration & Refugee Services--Click here to read a newspaper article about how a few volunteers from St. Aloysius are helping a family from the Congo.
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