Volunteer Spotlight: Susan Malter

Friday, March 31, 2017

In January, after the new administration issued an executive order on immigration, hundreds of Chicago’s attorneys stood up to defend the rights of immigrants entering the country. CVLS volunteer Susan Malter was one of those hundreds who went to O’Hare to help travelers from countries affected by the new rules.

Organized by the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Travelers Assistance Project (TAP) provides practical help to travelers from countries affected by the new administration’s immigration guidelines. A roster of 1400 volunteer attorneys and interpreters work every day from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. at O’Hare International Airport.

“Now we are asking travelers, who are interested in sharing, to tell us what their experience was coming through customs,” Susan said. “I think there’s an interest in making it more transparent, with more set guidelines.”

Susan has handled a wide variety of cases with CVLS. Although this is her first foray into immigration law, shepreviously worked on adoption, adult guardianship, eviction (on both the landlord and tenant’s sides), social security, and consumer fraud cases. Thank you to Susan, and the volunteer attorneys who are acting as watchdogs to ensure that immigrants’ rights are protected and that they have access to legal information immediately upon entering the country.