West Ohio's Immigration Task Force has been hard at work since Annual Conference, even as immigration policy continues to change. The Conference's first Immigration Legal Clinic, called Eclipse, has opened and received a very positive response. The clinic operates out of Hamilton First United Methodist Church, and is open the first Thursday of the month from 6-9 pm. The Capitol Area North District plans to open a similar clinic in the Columbus area by the end of 2018.
The task force has also put on several immigration simulations this past year and plans to offer the events to each of the 8 districts in the next year. Other resources include a Bible study on immigration put together by the Ohio River Valley District - download it here. If you would like to get involved in the work the Conference is doing around immigration, here are ways to help:
• The clinics are in need of attorneys who will work pro-bono one evening a month at the immigration clinic. Training in immigration matters will be provided.
• Short-term foster families are needed to care for unaccompanied minors while their parents' status is being worked out.
• People of faith are needed to accompany undocumented immigrants to ICE check-ins, as well as to provide support and prayers.
For more information on West Ohio's immigration work, contact Kris Shoaf at kshoaf [at] wocumc.org.
To contact the Eclipse legal clinic, call 513.454.5826 or 513.225.5860, or email eclipsumc [at] gmail.com.
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