CRCKY PRO SE
CRCKY is very proud to have just begun a "soft launch" of its Pro Se Program for defensive asylum seekers. Our program will help clients who have defensive asylum claims, something that is desperately needed in Kentucky right now.
Asylum seekers come to the U.S. because they have a genuine fear of being persecuted in their home country. Many of them have come through the Southern border, entering the country after turning themselves into border patrol. They deserve to have their case heard and to obtain legal representation.
Unfortunately, with currently over two and a half million immigrants awaiting their day in US immigration court, there are not enough immigration attorneys to represent them. This is tragic because a client who has legal representation has five times the chance of winning his or her case as does someone who is unrepresented.
In Kentucky, no immigration clinics are taking new cases: the immigration system is simply overwhelmed. This leaves immigrants who need representation with only private lawyers to turn to, and they are costly. An average case costs between $4,000 and $8,000 here in Kentucky. That's a lot of money for someone who is not allowed to work until six to eight months AFTER their asylum application is submitted!
In response to this, Pro Se programs are sprouting up across the U.S. CRCKY is not a legal clinic, but our Pro Se program is training volunteers to help clients fill out their own forms, under the supervision of immigration lawyers. SERVICES ARE FREE to our clients, unless they are the rare case who has a job (and then they are charged on a sliding scale fee.)
During this soft launch period, only our Board members and staff will be working to submit asylum applications and employment authorizations, under the supervision of attorney Kirby Fullerton. Starting this spring, we hope to train community volunteers to do this as well. if you are interested in becoming a Pro Se volunteer this spring, please email email@example.com.
We do want to give a very special thank you to Kirby Fullerton, without whose guidance and support we could not have launched this program now.