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Famous Immigrants

Alice Munro

2013 Nobel Prize for Literature —
Few people, very few, have a treasure, and if you do you must hang onto it. You must not let yourself be waylaid, and have it taken from you.

Michael Levitt
South Africa

2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry —
Passion is really important for anything you do; it's a general requirement .

Licensed to Practice State Law in Colorado and California

Immigration Legal Resources

Presentation for the North Myrtle Beach Library in South Carolina on March 29, 2017

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Obama Backs Bill to Overhaul Immigration as Debate Is Set

Click here to see list of famous US immigrants

American Immigration Lawyers Association:

American Immigration Council

Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals

This website has a video that explains how to use the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) Eligibility Screening and Application Interview. The first part of the interview helps you learn if you are eligible for DACA. At the end of the first part, you can get an information sheet about your eligibility. If it appears there are no problems with your eligibility, then you can continue to the second part of the interview. In the second part, your answers fill the application forms. At the end, you can print your filled-in forms with instructions on how to request DACA. This is not legal advice. Only a lawyer or a BIA accredited representative can give legal advice.  This webpage also provides some great links to useful information.

DHS offers deferred action for two years to certain young people who came to the U.S. as children and meet other eligibility criteria. Individuals who receive deferred action will not be placed into removal proceedings or removed from the U.S. for the duration of the grant. Individuals in removal proceedings, those with final orders or a voluntary departure order, and those who have never been in removal proceedings can affirmatively request deferred action from USCIS as long as they are not in immigration detention.

Government Links

Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services:

USCIS Service Center Case Status Research:

Processing Times Reports:

Department of State Visa Bulletins:

Basic Information about Social Security Numbers (SSN):

Additional Legal Services

Approved organizations and accredited representatives:

  • The following website includes an alphabetized list of organizations recognized by the BIA and the names of the accredited representatives who work for those organizations. A listing of the accredited representatives by state and city can be found as well.

Where you can find additional information for sources of free and low-cost legal services:

  • The U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review has a Legal Orientation Program and Pro Bono Program which contains a list of free legal service providers (organized by state) that can be found at:    

To File Complaints against Notarios:

  • State Laws:  A number of states have passed laws that regulate what notarios can and cannot do. The following states have immigration consultant laws:  Arizona, California, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Washington.  The following states have notary public laws through which they regulate notarios: Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. However, because each state has its own laws on the prosecution and regulation of ‘notarios’ For a list of which agency in each state to contact to determine how to file a complaint against a notario, go to:

 “Know Your Rights” Information and Packets

Some of these materials were developed by organizations from geographical areas where you live and may also area-specific information.

  • The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has material in English and Spanish that focuses on people’s rights.  A Know your Rights pamphlet can be found in English at:  English

Sources of Information about immigration law and policy

ACLU Immigrant Rights:


AFSC: American Friends Service Committee:

Alliance for Justice:

Asian American Justice Center:

Battered Immigrant Women’s Rights Project:

Casa de Maryland:

Catholic  Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

Center for Community Change:

Child Nutrition Inc., Donusia is a Board member of this non-profit program that assists in-home day care providers in preparing nutritional meals and snacks for the children intheir care.

CHIRLA:  Coalition for Humane Immigrants Rights of Los Angeles:

Detention Watch Network:

Fair Immigration Reform Movement:

Farmworker Justice Fund:

Freedom House:

Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce

HIAS: Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society:

Immigrant Legal Resource Center:

International Rescue Committee:

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service:

MALDEF: Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund:

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)

MPI: Migration Policy Institute:

NAFSA: Association of International Educators:

NALACC: National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities:

NALEO:  National Association of Elected and Appointed Officials:

National Center for Farmworker Health, Inc.:

National Conference of State Legislators:

National Council of La Raza:

National Day Laborer Organizing Network:

National Immigration Forum:

National Immigration Law Center:

National Immigration Project of the National Lawyer’s Guild:

New York Immigration Coalition:

New York State Defenders Association Criminal Defense Immigration Project:

Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund:

Refugees International:

Rights Working Group:

SEIU: Service Employees International Union:

Services to Abused Families (SAFE). SAFE is a non-profit organization providing an Emergency Shelter Program, Crisis Intervention, Sexual Assault Services, Safety Planning, Legal System Advocacy, Individual Peer-to-Peer Counseling, Children’s Services, Teen Education & Prevention Programs, Community Education, Latino Community Services. Donusia serves as the Vice President on the Board. Fauquier, Culpeper, Orange, Madison, and Rappahannock Counties are served.

Southern Poverty Law Center:

Sweatshop Watch:

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition:

UNHCR: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:

United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants:

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:

Women’s Commission for Refugee Women & Children:

World Relief: