200 N. Chatham Ave. Siler City, NC 27344     919-742-1448

Month: April 2018

Legal Fair 2018 a great success!

We were honored to offer vital services and share critical information at our Legal Fair on Immigration on Saturday, April 28 in Siler City. The event was free and offered in English and Spanish.

Legal Fair by the numbers:
  • Hosted over 170 participants
  • Offered 45 free legal consultations and DACA rewewals with the help of 10 volunteer immigration attorneys
  • Awarded 3  partial scholarships for DACA renewals 
  • Offered 3 workshops with 10 presenters:
    • Dialog with Chatham County Sheriff Candidates with Sheriff Mike Roberson and Pittsboro Chief Percy Crutchfield
    • Immigration Laws and Your Rights  with Raul Pinto – NC Justice Center, Anna Cushman – Chapman Law Firm, Maria Peralta – member of Siembra NC
    • Emergency Planning and Powers of Attorney with Kate Woomer-Deters – NC Justice Center
  • 13 expo exhibitor tables from attorneys, the consulates of Mexico and Guatemala, businesses and non-profit agencies
A huge thanks to ALL who made  the Legal Fair possible:
  • 21 event sponsors!
  • 24 volunteers who contributed over 50 hours of service
  • 10 volunteer attorneys who offered 26 hours of free consulations:
    • Chris Barnes, Chris Banres Law
    • Thomas Bell, Goyal Law Office,PLLC
    • Evan Benz, The Law Office of Derrick J. Hensley, PLLC
    • David Brown, Apex Immigration Services (BIA certified)
    • Meghan Deutsch-Blanco, Deutsch-Blanco Law, PLLC
    • Hila Moss, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
    • Raul Pinto, NC Justice Center
    • Jossie Rivera, Cano Rivera Law
  • Diana Hales, Chatham County Commissioner,  and Bryan Thompson, Siler City Town Manager for the event welcome
  • Walter Gomez our fabulous MC, session moderator and photographer
  • Vince Sanabria for wonderful photos
  • Felicia Arriaga for moderating the Sheriff’s candidates dialog
  • Our fantastic team of interpreters
  • The First United Methodist Church of Siler City for the use of their beautiful space
Many thanks to our VIP sponsors!

Liberation Not Deportation

Chatham Immigration Defense Fund

We are sad to report that 3 family men were arrested by ICE* in Siler City in the early hours of Wednesday 4/11. They have lived in our community for over 15 years. Two brothers are from Guatemala and the third man is from El Salvador. They are the sole providers for their wives and 8 US citizen children.

None were on the list of people that ICE was looking for. They were approached by ICE on the street and were asked to show “their papers”.  The families are devastated.

We are helping the families through this crisis and have started to raise funds for legal fees and other needs for the families. All men now have legal representation, which is fundamental and costly.

ICE is still in our area and we fear that more people have been detained. They have arrested at least 30 individuals across the Triangle.

If you know someone who has been detained, please call us at 919-742-1448 for help.

*ICE = Immigration Customs and Enforcement

Please spread the word about our Legal Fair on Immigration on Saturday 4/28 !  

Can the families count on you? Here are ways to contribute:
Donate via our website

Donate via our Facebook Fundraiser
Mail checks to: 

Hispanic Liaison
ICE defense fund
200 N. Chatham Ave.
Siler City, NC 27344

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