Attorneys participate in Afghan Asylum Clinic

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Following the 2021 military withdrawal from Afghanistan, the U.S. government evacuated thousands of Afghans to the United States but has not yet provided the evacuees with a clear path to permanent legal status.

There are more than 1,800 Afghan refugees in Michigan.  

The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) has been recruiting attorneys through the state to provided pro bono assistance to Afghani refugees in Michigan with their Asylum application.  
The New Americans Legal Clinic hosted an Afghan Asylum Clinic in Holland, Michigan in May.

Attorneys Christian Dallman and Megan Blanford, from the Troy office of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy LLP, took part in clinic put on by Lighthouse Immigration Advocates (LIA) and Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center (SWIRC).  

Also taking part in the clinic was Samuel Filcik, the Asylum attorney for LIA’s New Americans Legal Clinic in Holland.  

At the clinic, attorneys interviewed clients and helped them fill out their Asylum application.

Attorney involvement is vital to maximize the clients’ chance of a successful Asylum application, ultimately leading to the right to permanently remain in the U.S, according to the MIRC.

Attorneys who are interested in volunteering should contact MIRC at afghanprobono@michiganimmigrant.org.

MIRC is also looking for non-attorney volunteers to assist with the process; interested individuals should visit: https://lia-michigan.org/get-involved/volunteer or https://detimmigrantcenter.com/volunteer.

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