Centro Comunitario CEUS
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Immigrant Legal Services

The Legal Services for Immigrants (LSI) program organized by Centro Comunitario CEUS aims to provide affordable, quality legal representation for immigrants so they do not have to use high priced private attorneys or unqualified notaries. The program, which was created in 2003, now serves about 500 clients a year. It is overseen by a staff attorney, Khalil Ismail, and service are generally about 60 percent of those charged by a regular law firm. Khalil speaks Spanish, English and some French.

CEUS legal staff takes the following cases: citizenship, family petitions, political asylum, work permits (NACARA, VAWA), domestic violence cases. In line with CEUS roots in the Central American community, the LSI program processes the work papers of more than 400 Salvadorans and Hondurans under the Temporary Protected Status each year.

The program also organizes between six and eight community information meetings a year to inform immigrants of U.S. immigration laws and report on potential changes proposed or approved by Congress.