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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La Casa Closed – Dangerous Cold

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Update / últimas noticias: Due to the continuous cold weather, La Casa de Amistad and all its programs will be closed Thursday, January 31st.  We will however be open on Friday from 9AM to 1PM to help anyone that needs it. … Continue reading

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Closed for MLK Day Observance

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We will be closed on Monday, January 21st, 2019 in observance for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Please take the day to reflect on your role in making our community a better place for everyone to live. “I refuse to … Continue reading

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