Conozca Sus Derechos – Know Your Rights

Es importante que nuestra comunidad este informada sobre sus derechos y responsabilidades. Pedimos que lean, revisen y compartan este documento importante del Centro Nacional de Justicia para Inmigrantes que incluye información sobre sus derechos. Si tiene preguntas, favor de comunicarse con La Casa de Amistad llamando al (574) 233-2120. Estamos aquí para apoyarle con información vital, recursos, y asistencia legal de inmigración, y ser uno de muchos en nuestra comunidad con los brazos abiertos de bienvenida para todos en nuestra comunidad.
PDF: Sus Derechos
PDF: Conozca Sus Derechos (CLINIC)

It is important for our community to be informed of your rights and responsibilities. We are asking people to read, review, and share this important document, with information about your rights, from the National Immigrant Justice Center. If you have questions please give us a call here at La Casa de Amistad at 574.233.2120. We are here to help with vital information, resources, and immigration legal assistance, and to be among the many in our community with welcoming arms for everyone in our community.
PDF: Your Rights
PDF: Know-Your-Rights (CLINIC)

If you have questions please call La Casa at 574.233.2120

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No Human Being Is Illegal

No Human Being is IllegalLa Casa de Amistad wishes to respond to community concerns about issues regarding immigrants, asylum seekers, and limiting refugee admissions and benefits. You can support this campaign and our work by clicking on the donate button on our website or click HERE.

The National Immigrant Justice Center posted a breakdown of the legal issues happening (LINK). The climate of negative rhetoric and stigmatization promotes fear. We want to share facts so that each of us can act as an advocate for all immigrants in Michiana.

Words Matter: People are not “illegal” and hence “No Human Being Is Illegal”. We present this tag line to change the narrative through words and facts. We are here to support, love, and serve our community. La Casa de Amistad offers hope, education, acculturation and collaboration to our community’s immigrants.

  • Immigrants are here seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Their presence enriches our lives and continues the rich tradition of our immigrant nation.
  • Many current undocumented individuals entered this country with a visa and had a green card. There are many circumstances that contribute to compromising an immigrant’s status. Unlawful presence is a civil offense. Civil offenses don’t make you a criminal.
  • Undocumented immigrants are not eligible for federal and state benefits. Many studies show that even eligible Latino citizens and resident families tend to not use these benefits.
  • Immigration is not at a high point. Since the recession in 2008, immigration has slowed; presently, the net migration between US/Mexico is actually negative.
  • Undocumented immigrants pay sales taxes, property taxes and purchase items here.
  • The Social Security Administration estimates that in 2013 alone, undocumented immigrants and their employers paid $13 billion in payroll taxes for benefits that were not claimed.

Please engage in our campaign to change the conversation with a “No Human Being is Illegal” sticker, button or sign. Please visit our office to get items so you can display your support for the campaign. Together, with knowledge and understanding, we can create positive momentum regarding immigrants.

Join our campaign, sign up to volunteer, contribute to the cost of stickers, buttons, and signs, or send a supportive message on our Facebook page. Let our community know you care. Remember, “No Human Being Is Illegal”.

Download the press release here PDF
Download Sign YardSign
Donate to this campaign via HERE

We have stickers (2.5 inch and 4 inch), yard signs, and buttons (2.25 inch) available to show your support of the campaign. We are thinking about ordering shirts, let us know if you want one.

There are many excellent resources available for information on immigration and immigration reform. Check out a list of some available resources:

LULAC
United We Dream #HereToStay Network
VotoLatino
NIJC
ACLU (Immigrant Myths Page)
US Chamber of Commerce (2016 Myths PDF)
Indiana Latino Institute
ND Institute for Latino Studies
PBS (Made in LA Page)

This is just a short list of some local, state and national resources. Please share articles and information from those sites to help change the conversation about immigrants. Thank you for your help and support of the rich and beautiful community we serve.

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At The Border: Dilley Pro Bono Project

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The South Bend Group at the border.

When a unique opportunity arose for us to send a delegation from South Bend down to the border we were proud to partner with the Monterrosa Law Group and the Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP) to help families at the border.

With generous support from the community, we raised funds to send three law students, two attorneys, and a community advocate to help during the December holidays to give the team from DPBP a needed break.

The South Bend delegation consisted of attorneys Rudy Monterrosa, Cecilia Lopez, community advocate Jesusa Rivera and three ND Law students; Lauren Andrini, Rolando Rengifo, and Gino Ibanez. They sacrificed their holiday break to spend time helping at the border.

The group shared that while they were blessed to help, it was devastating to hear the stories, over and over, from mothers about why they had to take their children and leave their home country. The obstacles they faced, the challenges they overcame, and the unfortunate treatment they were receiving once they arrived. Jesusa Rivera noted, “No one should be treated less than, just because they lack documents,  or lack the language, or lack education. It’s not right and I am angry about it!”

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Attorney Rudy Monterrosa meeting with families.

The trip also had an important educational component, that is why three students studying the law attended, to see first hand how the law, policy and the reality of the border all mix.  Gino Ibenaz, an ND Law student stated, “It is critical that the work of representing immigrants, who may be indigent continue because their rights are only meaningful if they are aware of their rights and they have trained professionals who can advocate for their rights. Otherwise, those rights become mere paper rights. My father was an immigrant and in his time he could have benefited from an explanation of his rights by trained professionals. Knowledge is power. Therefore, passing on important information to immigrants about their rights is a critical step in protecting them.”

We want to thank all of our supporters for helping make this trip possible. This work can’t happen without people who care about speaking up, stepping up, and making a difference. Thank you.

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Trivia Night is Coming Soon!

Trivia Night BannerThe annual La Casa de Amistad Trivia Night is coming on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019, at the Goodson Street Event Center! Gather a team and become the latest Trivia Champions and win CA$H PRIZES! The reigning champs are from WSBT and are looking to be back to back champs!

Our theme this year is Tour of Latin America and we will have food items from all over Latin America sponsored by Cinco5, Chimichurri, Rosales, and many more local vendors! So come hungry and ready to play!

We are still selling sponsorships, tables and individual tickets so please check out the information on our Trivia Night Page. The evening is a fundraiser for our programs and we also will help complete our campaign to sponsor our spring volunteer trips. So please plan to come, have a good time and spend money for a great cause!

If you have questions about the event please call us at 574.233.2120.

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