Why I Volunteer with RILA

Volunteering isn’t always easy, but I’ve come to realize that when you are volunteering for a great cause and an opportunity that makes your heart sing, those skills and that time you are investing into other people turns around and blesses you.

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Emily Williams
How RILA Works With ICE

RILA exists to help immigrants navigate the legal process of seeking asylum, and for many RILA clients, ICE is a significant component of this process.  We have learned that ICE is an essential partner in serving our clients and upholding their dignity.


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Heather Hall
RILA Supports New Moms

When asylum-seekers arrive in the United States, they usually have no assets and they are not allowed to legally work. Those first few months are especially difficult leaving them vulnerable to homelessness, exploitation, food insecurity, and health issues. RILA does all we can to support and care for immigrant families, especially new mothers.

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Heather Hall
Sara's Story

A heartbreaking story of a mother and her children seeking safety and mercy in the United States. *Note: There are triggers in this story. Be aware prior to reading.

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Heather Hall
RILA Helps Asylum Seekers Get to Work

Did you know that asylum seekers are entitled to receive a work permit six months after they apply for asylum? Receiving a work permit, also known as an Employment Authorization Document or “EAD”, is a life-changing milestone for our clients.

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Heather Hall
Manuel's Story

Manuel (not his real name) is seeking asylum in the US because of the cumulative threats against his life in his Central American home. 

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Heather Hall