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Community Connection
A quarterly publication of the MICA Project

When you care a whole awful lot

 
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. -Dr. Seuss
When someone like you cares a whole awful lot, things will get better.  They will. -MICA Project

 
We are working on making this a nation that respects the dignity of ALL people.  It’s a vision that often seems distant and difficult to realize.  But because you care, things are going to get better.  You care that parents are separated from their children, even when they are following all of the rules and trying to work through the legal immigration system.  You care that immigrant victims of domestic violence are more likely to stay trapped in those relationships because they are afraid to contact the police.  You care that people deserve respect and dignity regardless of where they were born. 
 
Now it’s time to put that passion into action.  Here are some ideas.  Take time today to decide what you are going to do so that things can better. 
  • Learn more about our immigration system by reading news articles and books or by watching a movie.  See our article below for some suggestions.
  • Stay informed about possible legislative changes to our immigration laws.  Contact your legislators and ask them to support comprehensive reform that provides a pathway to citizenship for all people in this country.  For more information about legislative advocacy on the immigration reform bill, visit www.mira-mo.org
  • Get to know an immigrant in your neighborhood.  Learn about their story, their culture, and their traditions.
  • Talk to your friends and acquaintances about immigration.  Learn about some of the common myths and be able to explain why you support immigrants. 
  • Consider volunteering to teach English.   Tutors are always needed – more people want to learn!  Check out the Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Program and consider signing up to help.
  • Support the MICA Project.  For just $25, you can provide an individual with access to critical information about immigration options and constitutional rights at one of our community Know Your Rights presentations.  Visit www.mica-project.org to make your donation today!

What we've accomplished so far

Because of you, the MICA Project has had the opportunity to work with over 80 clients during the last 10 months.  Immigration cases take a very long time, but our clients are starting to see positive results!  Here’s what your support made possible:
  • 12 people received positive court outcomes (released from detention, successful case closure or relief granted, transfer of venue, etc.)
  • 3 people are becoming U.S. citizens
  • 3 people removed conditions on their green cards
  • 2 people obtained green cards through applications by family members
  • 6 people are in the process of obtaining a visa or green card for a family member
  • 6 people obtained a work permit
  • 1 woman received a visa extension allowing her to remain in the U.S. with her child’s father and receive medical care for a high-risk pregnancy
  • 4 survivors of domestic violence are in the process of obtaining a green card
  • 1 young person received deferred action through DACA, and 10 additional clients are in the process of obtaining DACA
Immigration cases often take at least 6-12 months, so we’re thrilled by this great start.  We look forward to sharing even more of our successes with you as more of our cases work their way through the system. 
We look forward to sharing some of our client’s stories in the coming weeks.   Watch your e-mail for some of our success stories – made possible by you and your support!



What’s up with that new immigration law?

Unfortunately, there is NO new law…yet.  In June, the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill that includes a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.  While the bill has its shortcomings, it would be a huge victory for immigrants who are every day contributing to our communities and our economy.
But the House of Representatives has not yet passed the comprehensive immigration reform bill.  Advocacy efforts are ramping up now as the Representatives are in their home districts for summer recess.  For more information on contacting your legislator, visit www.mira-mo.org.

The MICA Project is preparing for the possibility of a reform bill and the huge influx of clients that we would receive.  We are very excited to begin doing outreach and make sure that everyone has access to the relief that may be provided in a new law.  We are also warning communities to beware of notarios – individuals who are unauthorized to practice immigration law and often take advantage of immigrants through fraudulent scams.  
 



Check out these documentaries! 

We all talk about immigration, but our system is so complicated that it’s often hard to understand.  And as much as we might try to place ourselves in other people’s shoes, it can be hard to do.  Here are some movies that are fun to watch and will also help you better understand some of the issues our clients are facing every day.

  • Chasing Freedom: This well-reviewed, made-for-TV movie stars Juliette Lewis as an immigration attorney working on an asylum case for a woman who escaped Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. The film focuses on the existing barriers to asylum within the American court system, a vital issue that receives little publicity. (Court TV, 2004)
  • Under the Same Moon: Featuring America Ferrera, Under the Same Moon premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has received great reviews. The story focuses on a Mexican boy attempting to travel across the border to join his mother, who is working in the U.S. as a maid. (Weinstein Company, 2009)
  • The Neo-African Americans: Described by the filmmaker, Kobina Aidoo, as a “living documentary”, this documentary features interviews with immigrants, social workers, and activists. Its focus is the impact of massive voluntary influx of immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean, and Central America has impacted the traditional views of African-Americans. (CreateSpace, 2009)

1 Month for 200 Lives

The MICA Project is approaching its one-year anniversary!  In preparation for this exciting time, we’ll be launching a new campaign to propel us into our next year of working with people for dignity and justice: 1 month for 200 lives.  Stay tuned for more information!

Up & Coming!

Congratulations to Jessica and Nicole, the Co-Directors of the MICA Project on being named “Up & Coming Lawyers” by Missouri Lawyers Weekly!

Read about them on the Missouri Bar Association's website

A New Addition

The MICA family welcomed a new member on August 15 with the arrival of Jessica's new son Damian! Everyone is doing well. 

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Our Mission

The MICA Project is a community organization committed to working with low-income immigrants to overcome barriers to justice.  The MICA Project utilizes legal services, organizing, advocacy, and education to promote the voice and dignity of immigrant communities.
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