FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2019
World Relief Durham Opens Immigration Legal Services Center to Serve Community
Center offers low-cost immigration consultations, answers questions regarding eligibility for citizenship and more
DURHAM, N.C.– World Relief Durham officially opened its Immigration Legal Services Center to serve immigrants and refugees in North Carolina in June. Certified and recognized by the Department of Justice, the center offers low-cost immigration consultations to the community and provides an opportunity for immigrants to ask legal representatives their questions regarding eligibility for citizenship, DACA, family petitions, lawful permanent residence and victim-based immigration services.
“Coming to the U.S. is an incredibly difficult journey for many immigrants – not to mention trying to grasp the U.S.’s legal processes and language once they arrive,” said Kjerstin Lewis, Immigration Legal Services Program Manager for World Relief Durham. “I’m so excited to offer these services to Durham’s immigrant and refugee community, to be able to answer any questions they have and to let them know we’re on their side.”
Previously based in World Relief’s Baltimore office, Kjerstin became a partially-accredited DOJ legal representative which allowed her to practice immigration law and serve over 150 families in applications for citizenship, green cards, family visa petitions, DACA and more since 2016.
All potential clients begin by setting up a consultation with World Relief Durham’s legal representative to review their eligibility before starting a case. Durham’s ILS Center offers the consultation for $50, and the services provided are a fraction of the cost of those provided by private attorneys.
World Relief currently has 17 ILS sites and 41 church partners offering legal services across the country. Durham’s is one of several sites that are beginning to offer their services to the broader immigrant community.
“World Relief Durham has been rallying our community to welcome and support its new neighbors for 12 years, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer our refugee and immigrant neighbors this resource,” said Adam Clark, Director of World Relief Durham.
For more information or to schedule an appointment for assistance, please call (919) 251-8624 or visit https://worldreliefdurham.org/legal.
About World Relief:
World Relief is a global Christian humanitarian organization that seeks to overcome violence, poverty and injustice. Through love in action, we bring hope, healing and restoration to millions of the world’s most vulnerable women, men and children through vital and sustainable programs in disaster response, health and child development, economic development and peacebuilding, as well as refugee and immigration services in the U.S. For 75 years, we’ve partnered with churches and communities, currently across more than 20 countries, to provide relief from suffering and help people rebuild their lives.
Learn more at worldreliefdurham.org.