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Legal Assistance & Immigration

Hispanic Unity works as an outreach center for Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc. which provides FREE legal assistance to low income families. Services are provided every Thursday from 9AM-12pm.These free services are provided by a Paralegal in English and Spanish. The Paralegal makes an assessment of the legal issue and determines the client’s eligibility for their services.

Connect to Legal Aid Service of Broward County for a comprehensive list of services provided by this non-for-profit agency:   http://www.legalaid.org/broward/

Immigration

Hispanic Unity partners with Catholic Charities Legal Services of Broward County, a not-for-profit organization that provides legal assistance to families. Services include: completing immigration forms, such as: Naturalization (N400), Applicationfor Residence(I-485), work permits, Petitions I-130 (spouse-children, parents) among others. They also provide consultations with immigration lawyers at low cost.  Fees may apply.

Hispanic Unity is now Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) recognized and able provide expanded naturalization services in English and Spanish.

Citizenship Services & Prices (effective June 1, 2014):

  • Naturalization (N-400) Pre-Evaluation Consultation: $40
    (The Pre-Evaluation Consultation fee will be applied to the Application for Naturalization (N-400) service cost if completed at HUF)
  • ​Application for Naturalization (N-400): $120
  • Application for Certificate of Citizenship (N-600): $100
  • Request for Fee Waiver (I-912): $40

Broward Legal Immigration Program (BLIP):

BLIP [Broward Legal Immigration Project] held its first FREE Immigration Clinic at Hispanic Unity’s Casa Sanjuan Education Center.  BLIP is a project led by Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc., Catholic Charities Legal Services, Broward Hispanic Bar Association and Hispanic Unity with partners including the Caribbean Bar Association.  Manny  pro bono attorneys and law students also actively participate in the program.

Impact in 2015:
  • Registered participants: More than120 tri-County individuals received FREE 30 minute consultations from a team of volunteer attorneys, legal staff and supervised law students.
  • More than 25 Lawyers and Immigration students donated time.
  • More than 35 volunteers served during the event.
  • Clients have been served in four languages (English, Spanish, Haitian-Creole and Portuguese)

Community Partners

Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc., http://www.legalaid.org/broward/ Services include: Children Advocacy Project / Housing, consumer law /special projects

Catholic Charities Legal Services: http://www.miamiarch.org- Services include: Completing immigration forms and  consultationwith immigration lawyers.

Broward Hispanic Bar Association: http://www.browardcountyhispanicbar.com include: Lawyers referral services.

Caribbean Bar: http://www.caribbeanbar.org/: working in both the public and private sectors and practice criminal law, civil and commercial litigation, administrative law, family, immigration

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services: www.uscis.gov

 

Key Program Funding Partners

 -All the work has been done on a pro bono basis through volunteers donating their time and talents

Pro Bono Attorneys and Staff

  • Larry Marin, Esq.
  • NaidaAlcime
  • Hon. Madeline García
  • Marie T (Monique) Kanzki
  • Marjoto Levy, Esq.
  • Cherine Smith, Esq.
  • Joy E. Rothenberger, Esq.
  • Veronica Panov, Esq.
  • Cecilia Carolina Maluje, Esq.
  • Alexandra Marcoux, Esq.
  • Denise Mendez, Esq.
  • Audrey Glover-Dichter, Esq.
  • Juan Carlos Arias, Esq.
  • Xiomara Hernandez, Esq.
  • Michael Guevara, Esq.
  • Liliana Jurado, Esq.
  • Lauren Gilbert, St Thomas University
  • Isabel del Cid Castillo, Esq.
  • Elizabeth C. Pines, Esq.
  • Marjoto Levy
  • Alexandra Marcoux
  • Denise Mendez
  • Jack Wallace,Esq.
  • Isabel Castillo, Esq.
  • Sam Youn, Esq.
  • Maria Parjus, Esq.
  • Gina Harris, Esq.
  • Carmen Cuetos, Esq.
  • Cristina Casabianca, Esq.

Legal Aid  Service of Broward County Inc., Staff and Volunteers

  • Kimberly Zaffere
  • Kathleen Thomson
  • Yasmin Jacob, Esq
  • Paola Ramirez
  • Joseph Keenan
  • Arlene Rivera
  • Medare Vilfort
  • Mercedes Colon
  • Lizette Pierre
  • Melisa Malone
  • Maria Gonzalez
  • Gioia Russo
  • Sean X. Foo
  • Gabi Ferraris
  • Marta Ferrar

Catholic Charities Legal Services

  • Randy McGrorty, Director and Esq.
  • Jose Quintero, Esq.
  • Jordan Dollar, Esq.
  • Callan Garcia, Esq.
  • Antonette Russell, Esq.
  • Edith Leonardo, Esq.
  • Myriam Mezadieu
  • Sister Cecilia Chen, Esq.
  • George Francis
  • Cassandra Suprin, Esq.

Hispanic Unity of Florida

  • Magaly Alvarado
  • Josie Bacallao
  • Angelica Hernandez
  • Victoria Pinilla

 

 

Eugenio R. Torres, Founder of Hispanic Unity
shares HUF’s early years in his:
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Hispanic Unity of Florida: Client Stories

Hispanic Unity was founded more than 34 years ago by community leaders to ease the acculturation transition for newcomers from other nations. Today this nonprofit provides assistance through 12 programs and 30+ services, in four languages, to Broward's diverse community. Hispanic Unity remains the county's largest agency dedicated to the immigrant population, providing them with the tools they need to build a new life. In 2015, the agency served 17,000+ clients, from toddlers to adults.