Today, the Texas Civil Rights Project released a new report, The Real National Emergency: Zero Tolerance & the Continuing Horrors of Family Separation at the Border, showing how family separations have continued at the Southwest border.
As of December 6, 2018, 32 states plus the District of Colombia and Puerto Rico, have legalized medical marijuana. Ten states, including Michigan, have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes, too.
People who are not U.S. citizens may believe that using marijuana in Michigan—whether for recreational or medical use—is permissible and will not affect their immigration status. Unfortunately, that is wrong!! It is still a federal offense to possess marijuana even if, under state law, it is legal for medical or recreational purposes.
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: INTAKE COORDINATOR
POSITION: The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC), a statewide division of the Michigan Statewide Advocacy Services (MSAS) is seeking candidates for a bilingual intake coordinator at its Ypsilanti office.
The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) is pleased to release its report on immigration legal needs in Southeast Michigan. The report was compiled using data from interviews and evaluations with frontline legal service providers across Southeast Michigan between May and June 2018. Funding for this report, along with an array of comprehensive legal services focused on Southeast Michigan, comes from The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and The Kresge Foundation.
Last week, we rejoiced as three of our youngest clients' fathers who were detained were brought to Michigan for reunification and released. It was our challenge but also our privilege to identify volunteer attorneys for their parents and identify community volunteers to arrange for the families' immediate material needs. We were prepared for the pattern to continue throughout this month.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Alyson Robbins
DETROIT, MI (June 14, 2018) – The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) recently received funding from The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and The Kresge Foundation to expand free legal services for immigrants across Michigan. Through the “Front Door” project, MIRC and its partners aim to connect every individual with immigration legal needs in the Detroit Metro area to a trained, legal professional.
POSITION: The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) is seeking an Immigrant Children’s Staff Attorney in our Kalamazoo office. The successful candidate will have an emphasis on working with unaccompanied immigrant children, will collaborate with local community programs, conduct outreach and legal screenings, and represent immigrant children in removal proceedings. This candidate will also be involved with supervising law clerks, appeals, and other advocacy on behalf of unaccompanied immigrant children.
Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) is seeking applicants to sponsor for 2018-2020 Skadden, Soros Justice, and Equal Justice Works Fellowships to work on a project related to the immigration consequences of criminal cases. This project would be to address the increased demand for MIRC’s expertise in this area and would involve partnering with local public defenders, private criminal defense attorneys, the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission, and other advocacy groups.
POSITION: The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC), a statewide division of the Michigan PLP, LLC, is seeking candidates for a bilingual intake coordinator at its Ann Arbor office.
To kick off our #LetsDoMore campaign, here's a look at our work and how it has changed since November.