Free legal services for immigrants available

HONOLULU – Na Loio, a nonprofit organization that provides immigration legal

services and advocacy for Hawaii residents, has expanded its Immigration Law

Project to Kaua’i said Clare Hanusz, a Na Loio staff attorney. Hanusz was on

Kaua’i last week interviewing clients with immigration related problems. Na

Loio provides free legal services.

Hanusz will return in June and plans

four trips a year to Kaua’i to meet and interview clients who qualify for the

free service. According to Hanusz changes in the 1996 Immigration and

Naturalization Law have caused problem for many immigrants who now face

deportation because of their status. “We can help people with questions about

their pending cases before the Immigration and Naturalization Service and

provide legal assistance,” said Hanusz.

People who have any deportation,

exclusion, or removal hearings with INS should have legal counsel said Hanusz.

“The laws are very specific and the INS hearings are administrative which is

different than a court. We can help people, at least, understand what is

happening,” said Hanusz.

Na Loio can also help anyone who is claiming

asylum or seeking naturalization as well as immigrant victims of domestic

violence. “There are more and more cases of women who have married and find

themselves in abusive relationships and are told by their abusers that they

will be deported if they report their situation.

There are INS laws that

can protect women who are victims of domestic abuse and I encourage anyone in

this situation to contact us and let us see if we can help,” said Hanusz.

“If you are in need of legal services call to discuss your situation and we

will see about scheduling an appointment on Kaua’i,” said Hanusz

Hanusz

said that Na Loio provides over the phone simple advise and referrals on

immigration matters to the general public and legal counsel to qualified

individuals and families.

Na Loio services place particular emphasis on

serving poor and low-income immigrants and their families said Hanusz.

If

you need information or legal assistance call Na Loio toll free at 1-

877-208-8828.

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