Legal Services For Immigrants & Refugees

Legal Services for Immigrants & Refugees

United States

Mimose Jeanbaptiste (left), a Haitian refugee, gets a high five from Cas Cogswell, a paralegal with Church World Service, as she finishes practice for a U.S. citizenship examination in Durham, North Carolina. Photo: Paul Jeffrey

CWS provides legal services to immigrants and refugees at local resettlement offices throughout the United States. These services include helping file immigration applications and offering the necessary guidance to keep families together. This year, CWS-administered offices saw more than 1,125 clients, 726 of whom were new clients. These clients immigrated from more than 60 countries.

In addition to providing direct legal services, CWS staff host Know Your Rights workshops, conduct naturalization preparedness workshops, and participate in community consultations with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.