My name is Viridiana Inguanzo, and I’m an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow working at the Queens Public Library. Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC) is made up of a dedicated and passionate group of people committed to providing quality legal representation to immigrants nationwide. In the face of mounting threats against the immigrant community, IJC’s work has become more crucial than ever. As an undocumented immigrant myself, I know all too well the feeling of fear and uncertainty intensified by these constant threats. Our very existence in this country is under attack by an administration that seeks to trivialize our humanity. Families have been torn apart, children put into cages, and newly arrived immigrants denied due process. The injustices committed against my community have instilled in me a sense of urgency to take action towards driving real impact. For this reason, I have decided to run my first half-marathon to support the work of Immigrant Justice Corps!
IJC has served more than 40,000 immigrants, each with a unique and captivating story. Two weeks ago, I attended an immigration court hearing of a Honduran mother who was awaiting a decision on her asylum case. In this particular case, the stakes were high. A denial would have meant deportation and separation from her 10-year old daughter. However, with the representation of IJC, she was granted asylum which allowed her to remain in the country with her young daughter. The true impact of representation became all the more clear to me. I realized that our representation goes beyond advocacy; it’s also the support and connection that all immigrants need.
Immigrants across the country have endured unconscionable pain and trauma. Still, they have proven time and again that they are strong, resilient people who are able to rise in the face of intolerable discrimination. My community, the immigrant community, will not stop fighting and neither should you! Stand with immigrants today by helping support the work of IJC! Your contribution will allow IJC to continue representing and educating our communities. Any little bit counts! Thank you in advance for your support in this important cause.