Support the Community Rapid Response Project
Protect Workers and Businesses and Stand Up for Immigrant Rights
The Community Rapid Response Project is a community-led effort to increase access to attorneys for the immigrant community across New Mexico as a result of increased immigration enforcement.
Why is this Project needed?
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has separated families in our communities across New Mexico, including Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Roswell. ICE has targeted not only workers, but businesses as well. In 2018, ICE audited 131 businesses in New Mexico. This has led to employees being arrested and to patrons being scared of leaving their homes. Allies, such as schools, businesses, and churches, are standing up to support a Community-wide Rapid Response Project so that immigrants can get access to an attorney 24/7 and understand their rights in an emergency situation!
What services does this Project offer?
NMILC is hosting a pilot project to continue our 24/7 Rapid Response Hotline and needs your help to sustain it! NMILC aims to dedicate a staff of 3 attorneys to answer the line whenever a community member in New Mexico calls. NMILC is seeking 40 founding businesses to contribute to this effort by June 30, 2020.
NMILC also provides free legal services to individuals who are unable to afford an attorney. For example, our team of legal representatives:
- represent detained individuals in bond proceedings who otherwise are unable to afford legal representation;
- collaborate with community-partners to host community forums on Know Your Rights; and
- provide free consultations to directly-impacted families and refer them to other resources if we are unable to assist.
How can you support this Project?
If you are an interested business owner or community partner, please donate or contact Adriel Orozco at (505) 209-3533 to talk about how you can help grow out network of supporters!