LEGAL SUPPORT NETWORK
The Federal Government, through the Department of Justice (DOJ), allows accredited, non-lawyers associated with non-profit organizations to practice immigration law after completing a training and application process.
World Relief has an Immigrant Legal Support Network to assist churches and individuals in obtaining proper recognition and accreditation. World Relief’s Network offers yearly subscriptions to provide both legal and technical support to nonprofits providing or seeking to provide immigrant legal services through the Department of Justice Recognition & Accreditation Program.
Cost per Year $1500
A World Relief staff member will work one-on-one with the member organization to compile the documents necessary for the application of both recognition of the office and accreditation of an individual. The staff will review documents, provide critique, and advise on how to submit the final application. Specific help that will be rendered includes:
Members will have access to World Relief staff who will offer guidance in starting up an immigrant legal services program. This will include advice on best practices, as well as sample forms and procedures. Members will also have access to support to help solve ongoing program management issues.
This counseling may take place while the member is awaiting recognition and accreditation or after recognition is granted. The support will concern basic issues dealt with in opening a sustainable immigrant legal services program. Some of these issues include:
A member will have access to a World Relief immigration attorney who will be available to answer legal questions. This will be personalized attention on a case-by-case basis. Each week members will also have the opportunity to engage in facilitated roundtable group learning session.
If an operating recognized program is seeking accreditation for additional representatives, a staff member will assist in the review and filing of these applications. If accreditation of a member is nearing expiration, World Relief will assist in applying for renewal of accreditation.
World Relief will offer quarterly webinars to members to assist in maintaining legal competency.
World Relief will assist members in researching referrals for local immigrant legal services providers.