4 Ways Illinois Lawyers Can Help Separated Families at the Border

families separated at borderLaid out in the Preamble to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, lawyers are “public citizens” charged to seek improvement of the law, create access to the legal system, and ensure that justice is administered equally to all.

When issues arise in our nation that pertain to the rule of law and our justice system, lawyers have an obligation to act. And now, is the time to act.

As leaders and changemakers in our society, when lawyers speak up, they make an impact. Today, lawyers have the power to support to the nearly 2000 separated families at our nation’s border.

Here are some ways you can help these families at the border:

1. Support Pro Bono Organizations Near the Border

2. Offer Your Translation Assistance

Fluent in another language? Lawyer or not, many organizations need individuals to translate conversations between volunteer attorneys, immigrants, and other non-profits helping at the border. Some of these include the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Human Rights First, The Legal Aid Justice Center, Together Rising, Texas Civil Rights Project, Al Otro Lado, The Florence Project, and International Refugee Assistance Project.

3. Contact Your State’s Senators and Representative

  • The American Bar Association Action Center is pushing legislation to stop routine separation of immigrant families at the border. If you visit the Action Center’s website, they will auto-generate an email that you can send directly to your local representative.
  • The Lawyer Moms of America are planning “Day of Action” events across the country on June 29th. Attorneys will hand-deliver letters to members of Congress opposing the current policy in place.

4. Support Family Immigration and Legal Aid Organizations in Illinois

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Erika Kubik

Erika Kubik

Former Communications Specialist at Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
Erika is the former Communications Specialist for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. She successfully developed strategies to increase 2Civility’s social presence across channels. As a recent graduate of Bradley University, Erika received her Bachelor of Arts studying Public Relations and Social Media Marketing where her passion for writing and brand development took flight. Outside of the office, Erika works to develop her own personal brand as she takes on Chicago for the first time having grown up just outside of the Greater St. Louis area. Though she may not be accustomed to the deep dish pizza as a Celiac, she has found the Windy City to be quite accommodating to her active lifestyle as a runner and fitness fanatic.
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