I came to law school with the purpose of serving vulnerable and underrepresented populations, specifically in the area of immigration law. OLSPIF’s support allowed me to spend my summer as an intern for the Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC). ICWC is a non-profit legal organization providing affordable immigration services to underrepresented women and children. ICWC’s mission is to provide security and stability for children who are abused, abandoned or neglected, and for undocumented immigrants who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violent crimes.
The attorneys at ICWC assigned me my own caseload of clients, who I assisted in the U visa application process. The U visa serves to both protect victims of violent crimes, such as rape and domestic violence, and to protect the greater community by encouraging undocumented victims to cooperate with law enforcement in investigating crimes.
My experience with ICWC was both enlightening and rewarding. It provided me with greater insight into the pressing immigration issues our nation is currently facing while allowing me to tangibly support victims. Working directly with clients was the most rewarding aspect of my experience. ICWC clients came to the organization having denounced their abusers with the hope that, through the U visa process, they will be protected and their quality of life improved.
OLSPIF enabled me to spend my summer pursuing my goal of advocating for those who have largely lacked a voice. I will not forget the words of the eleven-year-old girl as she described her abuse to me. Because of OLSPIF's support, I was able to support her and other victims in speaking out against their abusers with the knowledge that they would be legally protected.