I joined the Lutheran Volunteer Corps as an opportunity to learn more about the state of immigration in the United States. I was placed at the World Relief Immigration Legal Clinic in Baltimore, Maryland, and I continue to work there today. My office works with immigrants to help each person know what their immigration options may be. If someone is not eligible for immigration relief, we let them know why not. If someone is eligible for immigration relief, we may help them in applying for immigration status.
By working with clients who are from all around the world, I have been able to learn some of the many complexities of the immigration system. My favorite part of the job though is getting to know the histories of the clients. I have heard countless stories of love remaining strong despite distance and stress. It is extremely encouraging to see how the clients are able to maintain their sense of hope when their situations seem hopeless. I am very thankful for being able to meet the immigrants who come to my office and none of this would have been possible if I did not have the opportunity to connect with World Relief through the Lutheran Volunteer Corps.