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OPA Pro Bono Program

Oregon Paralegal Association is proud to support SOAR Immigration Legal Services at the 2018 Annual Convention.

Founded in 1979, the mission of Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees (SOAR) is to assist refugees in becoming self-sufficient, integrated community members. SOAR’s legal program began in 1992, in response to an influx of Haitian Asylum Seekers and expanded to serve not just refugees but all low income immigrants.

SOAR Immigration Legal Services provides culturally competent, immigration-related legal representation and education to low income refugees and immigrants in and around the Portland metro area. Recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) as an authorized provider of immigration legal services, SOAR’s attorney-driven legal program has a staff of two attorneys, two BIA accredited representatives and one legal assistant.

Last year, SOAR Immigration Legal Services provided legal services, educational services and legal consultations to more than 2,000 people. Their case load includes naturalization, adjustment of status, family reunification, temporary protected status, parole renewal, humanitarian parole, employment authorization, asylum counseling, refugee travel documents and Cuban removal defense.

Questions, suggestions or comments? Contact the OPA Pro Bono Co-Chairs, Kelley Chaney, RP® and Sam Blair, CRP

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