The Immigrant and Refugee Law Center is here to continue to meet the needs of our community. Our school offices are closed but we can be reached at 513-828-0577 for questions or to make (virtual) appointments.
IRLC staff, students, and volunteers continue to work remotely to provide critical services to our clients. Casework continues via phone and virtual meetings. New client intake/consultations are still occurring several days a week via phone or Zoom conference. We are working to provide updated and accurate information to the community during this confusing time. Our families need us more than ever to guide them through this maze, and to be prepared for the challenges that are sure to come when the country reopens.
Additionally, as part of the unique community learning center ecosystem, the IRLC team is continuing to work in coordination with our many partners who have migrated their services to virtual platforms for wraparound services for families including food, housing, primary and mental health care, and other needs.
IRLC staff is brainstorming ways to continue and deepen engagement remotely while the need for distancing is ongoing. For instance, we are creating an online interactive question/answer forum for the immigrant community. We are also working with our volunteer family lawyers to assist clients with family preparedness plans including powers of attorney for childcare, which are critical for parents during this time of crisis. We are creating informational packets to distribute at food pickups at Roberts Academy.
Volunteer Attorney Program
The launch of the Volunteer Attorney Program with orientation and training sessions in January and February was a great success, and 25+ attorneys came out energized and eager to work on cases. The two training sessions that had to be canceled due to COVID-19 will be given as webinars this month. Through this program we are greatly increasing capacity and knowledge in Cincinnati’s legal community.