At Esperanza, we are committed to supporting the needs of immigrants. Today, more than ever before, the community we serve is frightened of what the future might hold for them and their families. Our immigration system is broken, our community suffers from tremendous educational inequality and a huge disparity in wealth. This is an opportune time to examine the causes of systemic injustices, and to work together to identify concrete, actionable solutions. It is our responsibility to hold our elected officials accountable to our needs, and we can do so by continuing to raise the issues, engage in civil discourse and direct philanthropic investments towards these goals.In the wake of the presidential election, immigrants across the country—including many of our neighbors—are living in fear of what expected policy changes will mean for them and their families. There is serious talk about revoking the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, putting more than 725,000 “Dreamers” at risk of deportation. Esperanza Immigration Legal Services (EILS) is ready to meet the urgent needs of North Philadelphia’s immigrant community. On November 16 & 22, our team will offer two emergency legal clinics targeted to participants in the DACA program. In the coming weeks, we will announce additional initiatives to help our clients respond to immigration law changes.Now, more than ever, we need your support to assist some of Philadelphia’s most vulnerable residents. Over the next three weeks, we hope to raise $5,000 in grassroots donations to fund our DACA clinics, educational workshops, and legal services. Your gift will make a real, tangible impact:
$50 provides study aids for two citizenship class students $100 pays for a bilingual workshop, educating up to 100 immigrants on their rights and potential changes to immigration law $300 enables one immigrant to file a naturalization application to become a U.S. citizen $1,000 covers legal representation for an unaccompanied child in deportation proceedings
Please partner with EILS to ensure that our immigrant neighbors, colleagues, friends, and family have the information they need to handle the coming policy changes with confidence. Together, we have the power to help the thousands of hardworking people who have come to Philadelphia in search of a brighter future.Thank you for your gift!Our Model:We provide low-cost legal services to low-income immigrants and their families, including self-petitions for victims of domestic violence, special visas for unaccompanied minors, green card applications, family petitions and naturalization applications.
We also offer workshops in English and Spanish to help immigrant families thrive in the U.S., on topics such as financial literacy, debunking common immigration myths, and preparation for emergency situations. We also conduct citizenship classes to prepare eligible candidates for the citizenship exam.We host “Citizenship Day” once a year, convening a group of lawyers to offer their services pro bono to immigrants from the community. What we have achieved:Since its founding, EILS has provided legal services to more than 800 low-income immigrants. We have also served over 1,500 immigrants in educational workshops. In that time we have helped naturalize 180 new American citizens!Your gift today will help to alleviate the fears of immigrant families struggling in our community. Together we are strong and able to offer generous support to these hardworking people hopeful for a better and bright future. See our article in El Sol Latino HERE! Read More