As part of Campbell Law School‘s Pro Bono Project efforts, members of the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project (IRRP) volunteered at a pro bono Citizenship Clinic hosted by North Carolina Asian Americans Together (NCAAT) on Feb. 26. Students volunteered alongside one of Campbell Law’s community partners, the North Carolina Justice Center.
The IRRP allows students the opportunity to work with local immigrant and refugee assistance programs to foster a better understanding of laws and regulations impacting immigrants and refugees. Some of the law students in attendance at the clinic were: Eddie Castillo, Alyssa McPike, Juan Carlos Guadarrama, Deborah Rasmussen, Mindy Lemus, and Trynity Ojeda. Participants and volunteers had the opportunity to attend virtually or in-person.
The clinic heleds eligible green card holders to fill out the N-400 citizenship application form, and prepare fee waiver requests if they are unable to afford the filing fee. These clinics are offered at no cost to attendees who register in advance.
“Nearly 9 million Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) are eligible for citizenship,” the NCAAT website states, “[h]owever, only 10 percent naturalize each year. NCAAT is working to increase the number of LPRs applying for citizenship by hosting workshops to provide application assistance.”