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Dear Editor:
There is an urgent need around the country for pro bono legal assistance for Muslims, who have been arrested following 9/11/01. Thousands of men have been arrested and hundreds deported, often for very minor (if any) immigration status infractions. Many of these men are the main means of support for their family and most of them have no criminal record or charges against them. Family after family has been split up and many families have lost their homes. Church World Service/Immigration and Refugee Program's Washington office is working with some of the key Muslim organizations and is seeking pro bono legal assistance for some of these men. In addition to help being needed on a case by case basis in many locations, there is also a need for a full time, volunteer attorney in the New York City area. If you are interested in helping provide pro bono assistance, please send your contact information to Bethany L. Olson at motes_hazel@hotmail.com. Bethany is in the Church World Service/Immigration and Refugee Program's DC office and will gather the information and make arrangements for contacts with the organizations, which have been contacted by families who have had family members arrested and detained.

Joan M. Maruskin
Church World Service/Immigration and Refugee Program



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