Rebeca Salmon, Exec. Director of Access to Law Foundation has been training officials about the SIJS (Special Immigrant Juvenile Status) visa program. She is a firm believer that when judges and officials are familiar with this obscure law, cases are more likely to be approved and kids are kept out of harms’ way.
Access to Law Foundation is privately funded by the for-profit practice Salmon leads (“ A Salmon Firm”). This hybrid organization allows them to not rely on grant money; and as a consquence they do not have restrictions on number of cases taken . They have 15 staff/volunteers that so far, they have over 1,000 cases involving unaccompanied minors in Georgia.
To reach more people, Access To Law is proud to own the “Big Haus”, a mobile office that does outreach into areas of Georgia that are historically without access to immigration attorineys. They work with local churches and community groups to provide information and representation to the community.
They offer a low sliding scale pricing for representation based on income, assets as well as urgency of the case.
With the increased influx of minors, Access to Law Foundation has evolved from representing individual cases to groups of 18-20. Understandably expenses have also increased exponentially and so the group is in process of planning an upcoming fundraiser.
Access To Law priorities are #Equality, #Diligence, #Integrity
Rebeca was an Equal Justice Fellow for two years. She started the Immigrant Children’s Advocacy Project at Catholic Charities.
When asked what are the main challenges our community faces, she mentions the lack of acceptance, fear and lack of knowledge from the larger community are very isolating to Latinos and are a threat to their stability. That fear and lack of knowlege causes our community to be discriminated and marginalized.
Click on the image to the right to learn about Wilfredo Vasquez, a kid that travel fromEl Salvador and now lives in Georgia.