By Alexia Carrera, Immigration Paralegal
I reached out to the Consulate of Ecuador because their goals coincide with mine — to provide services to immigrants. They agreed to allow me to give a presentation on the heart of our work.
To my surprise, after the presentation, one person insistently asked, “Do you send your clients’ information to the government? I’m aware that places like these leak their clients’ information”. The answer to that is unequivocally, “No!” MRC is not affiliated with the government, nor do we receive any funds from them. We are a nonprofit organization. All of our clients are subject to attorney-client privilege. And we have the utmost respect for client confidentiality.
Unfortunately, the current political climate has led many people to think that organizations like ours are out to get them. I enjoy opportunities to inform people that MRC has the right tools to help them legally stay in the country. We will continue to give people information about their rights in this country as well as comfort in the knowledge that their information is confidential. I hope to present at other consular offices in the valley, ultimately empowering immigrants, a much-needed service that is relevant in our society today.