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PT Law and Public Policy Engages With Virginia Legal Clinic, Expanding Pro-Bono Projects

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Friday, 04 April 2014 13:47

On Thursday, April 4, 2014, Lourdes C. Acevedo, Esq., Special Counsel for Poblete Tamargo, was elected as Vice President of the Borromeo Legal Project at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Arlington, Virginia. The Borromeo Legal Project in Arlington, Virginia focuses on, among other things, providing legal and educational resources to the immigrant community, including assisting participants through the United States citizenship naturalization process.

"Community service through pro bono programs is a vital part of providing access to legal services to those who otherwise cannot afford it. We're excited that Lourdes has been able to contribute to these efforts in Northern Virginia," Priscilla Ro said. Priscilla leads the firm's immigration practice group. Acevedo, a member of the Immigration Practice Group, has hosted several presentations focusing on the procedural and administrative aspects of U.S. immigration law. Borromeo parishioners and members from the local community were afforded the opportunity to receive valuable information on U.S. immigration law and procedures.

“The immigration process can be a complex and intimidating one. In speaking with clients and the Hispanic community, one soon learns of the common misconceptions and general fears that circulate regarding the immigration process - more specifically, deportation and removal proceedings. It is important to reach out to the community and provide accurate and pertinent information, so as to dispel these myths and do our part to ensure that individuals are well-informed during their immigration process,” Acevedo said.

"As a weekly volunteer attorney at Just Neighbors in Falls Church, Virginia, I get the opportunity to assist the staff attorneys in representing low-income immigrants whom are eligible to obtain benefits from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Many of the clients whom we serve are not only indigent, but also vulnerable with limited access to the help they need. Working with them through pro bono legal services is one way to welcome them into the community and to help them become self-sufficient, contributing members of mainstream society," Priscilla Ro added.

The PT Law's Immigration Practice Group looks forward increasing awareness of U.S. laws and regulations in this important legal area for Virginia residents and their families.

Poblete Tamargo is a specialized federal regulatory law and public policy practice. We provide our clients with federal regulatory and public policy counsel in the fields of administrative law, national security law, international claims, trade, general transactional matters, federal government relations and political intelligence.

 

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