Restoration Immigration Legal Aid


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 What is Restoration Immigration Legal Aid (RILA)?


RILA is a volunteer-based immigration legal aid organization, sustained and executed by Restoration Anglican Church. We received a matching $25K grant from the Matthew 25 Initiative! Help us meet our match here. Thanks for joining us in these efforts.

 

RILA strives to provide excellent legal counsel and representation for immigrant families. RILA is committed to walking alongside immigrant families throughout the immigration process, advocating on their behalf and offering encouragement, support and assurance that they are not alone.

RILA’s Mission


RILA is dedicated to holistically supporting the immigrants in our neighborhoods through providing excellent, pro bono immigration legal assistance, especially to those who are the most vulnerable and with the fewest resources.

What Does RILA Do?


  • Consultations
  • Affirmative and Defensive Asylum
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
  • Work Authorization
  • Assistance and counsel in various other immigration legal matters
  • Community Education

Clinics


RILA hosts monthly clinics at Restoration Anglican Church. At clinics, RILA volunteers meet with clients who have already completed the initial intake process and have scheduled appointments.

Volunteer immigration attorneys and DOJ Accredited Representatives provide legal counsel and make progress in completing ongoing casework. Volunteers from Restoration Anglican Church work as client interviewers, interpreters, administrative assistants, and receptionists. These volunteers also work to ensure a welcoming and safe environment for the immigrant families that attend RILA clinics.

RILA Affiliations


RILA is a recognized organization by the Department of Justice, which designates RILA as a trusted organization that provides low-cost immigration legal services and will not deny services due to a person’s inability to pay. RILA is an affiliate of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), which provides RILA staff with access to immigration legal resources, trainings, supervision, and consultation.

RILA Staff


  • Natalie Foote, DOJ Accredited Representative, LCSW, Executive Director
  • Jason Braun, Esq., Legal Services Director
  • Michelle Swearingen, DOJ Accredited Representative, Program Director
  • Carrie Knooihuizen, Intake Coordinator
  • Kellen Bagnoli, Clinic Coordinator
  • Kate Liias, Volunteer Coordinator

RILA Steering Team (Board)


  • Susie Wallin, Chair
  • Rev. David Hanke
  • Christine Jones
  • Erin Owen

Next steps


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