This summer I worked preparing visa applications and adjustment of status applications. The team worked mainly with immigrants who were victims of crimes in the United States. Much of the work was funded by grants, which allowed us to help people who could not afford to pay for legal aid. In addition to learning about a whole new area of law, I was able to put my Spanish skills to good use. Many of our clients spoke little to no english, making it even harder for them to find legal assistance here in Oregon.
Receiving the PILP stipend allowed me to take a full time, unpaid position helping people who had extremely limited legal options at their disposal. I was able to make a difference in the lives of, hopefully, each of the clients I worked with. I was able to help people get one step closer to being permanent members of our community and make sure they feel welcome.