Minor GAL Program in the News

Friday, March 3, 2017

Rebekah Rashidfarokhi, Director of CVLS’ Minor GAL Program, recently appeared on CBS Chicago to shed light on the growing requests for help she has received from the immigrant community in recent weeks. 

The new administration’s focus on immigration, and its controversial executive orders, have created confusion and fear among Chicago’s undocumented immigrants and the community groups helping them. Parents want to know how they can protect their American-born children if the parents are detained and deported. 

Acknowledging the concern, Rebekah told CBS Chicago reporter Dana Kozlov that there are types of guardianships that allow parents to give guardianship of their children to a relative or friend that will only take effect if a parent is picked up by immigration.

Since that piece aired, CVLS has been inundated with requests for help from potential clients and for trainings from community organizations and groups that work with the immigrant community. As a result, CVLS is coordinating with other non-profit organizations, the Archdiocese, bar associations, and community leaders to bring presentations and direct legal assistance to immigrant communities. Stay tuned for more information on these upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Click here to see the CBS piece.