Grant awarded to Catholic Charities of Southern NV in support of their Immigration and Migration Services

The Foundation is again pleased to support the work with Immigrants i the Southern Nevada area.  According to the U.S. Census, it is estimated that 22% of the Las Vegas residents are foreign born immigrants. For these people, navigating the immigration system is complex and without proper assistance and/or representation can negatively affect their status in the country and/or delay their inability to obtain the proper employment documents needed to work in the country. Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada’s Immigration Services (CCSN) goal is to assist these vulnerable individuals by educating them of their rights in this country as well as assist them with applications for benefits under the laws of the United States. It also represents individuals in immigration proceedings, as well as assists those who are seeking administrative relief, such as immigrant minors and battered women.

One hundred percent (100%) of the people they serve in Immigration Services are low-income immigrants who cannot afford the legal assistance through the private bar. In their fiscal year 2018, it is estimated that 40% of the people served are women and children and 5% are homeless or marginally homeless (persons residing in half-way houses).

Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada’s Immigration Services (CCSN) has transformed lives by assisting these vulnerable individuals obtain self-sufficiency and stability in the United States by helping them obtain benefits such as employment authorization, asylum, permanent residency, Temporary Protective Status (TPS) or citizenship. The Immigration Services uses the LawLogix database to track cases as well as statistical information. For the purpose of this project, this database will be utilized to measure the total number of people assisted with breakdown of women and children. In addition, they also provide outcomes of cases assisted such as: the number of people granted citizenship/naturalization, lawful permanent residency, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), temporary protective status, consular processing and asylum. CCSN ensures that the people that they serve are provided with services that achieve economic self-sufficiency and empowers them to become productive members in our community through immigration assistance.

With the hostility shown to many immigrants we are pleased that organizations are there to help them through this very difficult process.