Total loan: $2,000
Portland, ME, United States / Services
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A loan helped a reduced-fee law firm continue to represent low-income immigrants.
I grew up in Rwanda. I came to the United States in 2011 seeking a better life and am now a naturalized U.S. citizen. While in Rwanda, I survived the genocide that took the lives of close to 800,000 people. This experience led to my desire to do my part to make the world a better place. This then led me to enroll in law school at the University of Maine in order to be equipped for the work of defending other people's basic rights. While at law school, I was a student attorney at the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic, representing immigrants who were seeking legal status in the United States. One such client was a human rights defender who had fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo after threats to his life. A fellow student attorney at the clinic and I were able to win this case at immigration court after the client waited more than six years for his day in court. Realizing how this changed this man's life, allowing him to be reunited with his family that he had left in Africa, I decided to create a reduced-fee law practice for low-income immigrants focusing on asylum and family reunification cases.