By Tarana Sable, MRC Summer Intern
My internship at the Migration Resource Center was an enlightening exposure to the dynamic, fast-paced field of immigration law. Every day, I passed the Statue of Liberty on my way to an office that embodies the values on the plaque beneath it. I witnessed firsthand the organizationâ€™s commitment to taking on challenging cases for minimal costs, and came to realize that its mere existence provides a crucial remedy to the dearth of low-cost legal aid services for immigrants to the United States.
Itâ€™s hard to enumerate all of the things I learned at Migration Resource Centerâ€“â€“countless words in Spanish and a couple in Albanian, how to print directly onto an envelope, how to meticulously organize applications in such a way that the governmentâ€™s questions are answered before they are asked. Above all, I learned persistence, both from clients and from my supervisors. Some clients called so often to speak about an incarcerated family member that I have their phone number memorized; my supervisors matched this spirit of commitment by thinking deeply and creatively about every case.
Migration Resource Centerâ€™s central mission is not only admirable, it is critical. I look forward to watching the organization expand its capacity to serve communities with sustained support from volunteers and donors who share MRCâ€™s vision that justice for all immigrants is not just a lofty aspiration but an achievable obligation.
Migration Resource Center regularly engages volunteers and interns to help keep our costs low to the low-income clients we serve. You can help! Click here to find out what is currently available.
Migration Resource Center provides affordable immigration legal services.
Call us: 646-609-8805
Visit our Website: https://www.migrationusa.org/contact/