We care because it’s the right thing to do
Chin & Curtis values being part of the larger immigration community, and one of our core tenets is giving back to this community.
The Firm has a strong history of pro bono work, and we expanded this by initiating C&C Cares in 2016 so that the opportunity of giving back was open to everyone, including our legal support and professional staff.
Below are some of the programs that C&C Cares has run:
Chin & Curtis once again collaborated with Project Citizenship, signing up at a sponsorship level of 10 volunteers for their 6th annual Citizenship Day in Boston on September 28, 2019. Citizenship Day in Boston is the largest citizenship workshop in New England. Project Citizenship and the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement partnered to host this event. Since 2014, close to 1,400 people have applied for citizenship on Citizenship Day in Boston, with over 400 people applying in 2019. C&C Cares exceeded sponsorship level and had 12 people volunteer to assist Project Citizenship’s clients.
Work with a non-profit on border
C&C Cares is currently drafting “bond packages” to help asylum seekers get released from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility in Karnes City, Texas so that they can join their families in the U.S. while seeking to obtain asylum. Facilitated by Curran, Berger & Kludt, this project is in collaboration with RAICES (the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services), a non-profit organization providing legal services to people in detention in south Texas. C&C Cares has handled more than 20 packets since initiating this project in September 2019 and will continue to do so until women and children seeking asylum are no longer detained.
City of Cambridge/ CLSACC
Leslie Ditrani is a volunteer attorney for CLSACC, the Cambridge Community Legal Services and Counseling Center. The clinic runs on the third Wednesday of every month, providing free legal consultation and advice to immigrants from Cambridge and the surrounding communities.
Victim Rights Center Holiday Drive
In collaboration with the Victim Rights Law Center, C&C Cares adopted approximately 30 immigrant families and donated gifts from their wish list in December 2018 and December 2019. Wishes ranging from bed sheets to Primark gift cards were fulfilled by the Firm’s employees. C&C elves enjoyed wrapping! We look forward to continuing this tradition for years to come.
KIND Holiday Drive
C&C Cares ran a holiday drive December 2017 to deliver gifts to Immigrant and refugee children represented by Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a nonprofit dedicated to providing legal services to immigrant children. Staff contributed gifts from a wish list provided by KIND, and C&C delivered items such as gift cards, diapers, children’s toys, and winter apparel. Read more about this holiday drive HERE.
The strength of our communities rely on a collective effort.
C&C Cares partnered with Project Citizenship and adopted three sessions in July 2018 to assist pre-screened clients with completing naturalization applications. Volunteers completed thirteen applications, helping to serve clients born in six different countries: Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Colombia, and Cape Verde. With the assistance of the volunteers, Project Citizenship was also able to complete fee waivers for eleven of the thirteen applicants, saving them a combined $7,975 in application fees. Helping make new citizens is rewarding work.
Veteran’s Day Letter-Writing Campaign
C&C Cares participated in a Veteran’s Day letter writing campaign in November 2017, sending approximately 50 letters to Congress and state attorneys general appealing for protection of the MAVNI program, which allowed certain non-citizens to join the U.S. military and immediately apply for U.S. citizenship. Following the campaign, Co-Managing Partner Philip Curtis received a phone call from Michael E. Capuano, United States Representative, thanking him for the Firm’s efforts.
Dilley Pro Bono Project
Leslie Ditrani volunteered in the field at the Dilley Detention Center in Dilley, TX in May 2019, spending a week preparing women for their credible fear interviews. C&C Cares volunteers in Boston assisted Leslie’s efforts by providing remote interpretation via phone conferences for her Spanish speaking clients.
C&C Cares and PAIR
“C&C Cares” partnered with the Political Asylum/Immigrant Refugee Project (PAIR) and hosted C&C’s first asylum intake clinic, completing 22 intakes in 2016. The Firm is grateful for this important collaboration and continues to assist with asylum case intakes. New volunteers take part in a training session that provides the goals of the intake process, an overview of asylum law, and an overview of working with trauma survivors.
Hurricane Relief Initiative
In an effort to provide assistance to Puerto Rico after catastrophic Hurricane Maria, C&C Cares launched the “Donate Your Lunch Hour to Puerto Rico Relief Efforts” initiative in October 2017, raising $802.30. The Firm matched this for a total donation of $1,604.60, all of which went to the United for Puerto Rico fund.