Around 207: Spring 2019 Update

ILAP’s Lewiston Office Turns One

It’s hard to believe that twelve months have passed since ILAP opened our Lewiston office! We have been hard at work meeting the growing need for immigration legal services in Lewiston/Auburn, and are thrilled to announce that we now provide our full range of direct legal services on-site. We also offer outreach and training for local service providers on important immigration topics, and community workshops for individuals applying for asylum without a lawyer.

Throughout our first year, it has been our community partners that have helped us thrive. We are especially grateful for the ongoing support of Lewiston-based law firm Berman & Simmons, whose attorneys provide countless hours of pro bono services representing asylum seekers. We are also deeply appreciative of Bates College, whose French & Francophone Studies Department has sent numerous students to provide interpretation during client meetings. We were honored to host three amazing Bates student-interns this year!

Milbridge Partnership Remains Strong

This winter and spring, ILAP continued to travel to Milbridge every other month for intake, consultations and clients meetings in a part of the state with limited access to immigration legal services. Special thanks to Mano en Mano for hosting us and connecting us with the local community!

Rural Maine Project Travels 3,000 Miles

This winter, ILAP staff have been travelling around the state meeting diverse immigrant communities and the organizations that serve them. The project’s goal is to form bonds with and deliver useful mobile legal services to Maine’s rural immigrant centers.

To date, the Rural Maine Project has taken ILAP staff to Biddeford, Sanford, Springvale, Augusta, Waterville, Bangor, Ellsworth, Machias, Presque Isle, Caribou, Clinton, and Dover-Foxcroft. Our partnership with Maine Mobile Health Program has been instrumental in reaching these communities.

In the first five months of the program, staff has gathered local wisdom, invited assessments of community needs and preferences, and provided some (limited) outreach and consultation services. If you know of immigrant communities in these or other rural areas that might welcome a conversation about immigration and legal services, or if you know groups or organizations that serve those communities, please share your thoughts with Rural Maine Project Attorney Barbara Taylor at btaylor@ilapmaine.org.

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