THE MONTHLY ADVOCATE
On the wall at our firm and on the main page of our website, you see the words “where you matter.” They are there because they are the guiding force of our firm and they influence everything we do. It goes hand-in- hand with our mission. From our own personal experiences to witnessing how the most vulnerable people have become a target for others who benefit from their pain and loss, we know that it may not always feel like there are people who believe in those words. If you are one of these individuals, we are committed to helping you. You matter. When you believe so strongly in a set of values, you don’t just put them on the wall or up on your website — you live them. At the end of July, we lived our values by hosting the first Immigration & Injury Latin Fair with Plaza Las Americas. Our goal was to provide resources and support for the community we serve and love. It’s very important for us as a local firm to help build our community and work on filling needs we see all the time. We’re part of the community, after all! On the day of the fair, we gathered at the Plaza Las Americas with other local providers and community members for a day filled with warmth and generosity. We had the pleasure of interacting with so many wonderful FOR OUR COMMUNITY Celebrating the First I&I Latin Fair
people. We raffled off prizes and celebrated the return to school. Because buying school supplies can be a burden for families, we gave away backpacks and school supplies to young students. When you don’t have documentation, you don’t have access to insurance, and you’re forced to pay out of pocket. We wanted to provide some relief to families facing this huge barrier to health care. We reached out to doctors, chiropractors, and our friends to provide free health services to families, and a local nonprofit provided HIV testing. The first Latin Fair was a great way to say thank you to the community we call home. Thank you to the awesome people of Plaza Las Americas for standing behind our event! We also want to say a BIG thank-you to all of our participants and guests. Thank you to everyone who came out on this day! It’s an honor to serve you, and we’re so glad to be part of this great community.
I hope you enjoyed the first Latin Fair — we hope to make it an annual event. We know it hasn’t been an easy season to be an immigrant. The videos circulating of children and families being separated are heartbreaking. The first Latin Fair was our small way of reminding you that there are people who are here for you. You have a support network. You are not alone. You matter . –Keren Barrios
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