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Dear Editor:
I commend you for making a contribution to AILF. As the director of a non-profit immigration advocacy and legal services program, I find the information provided by both ILW.COM and AILF indispensable. Our attorneys subscribe to ILW.COM, and we have worked closely with AILF on various projects, most specifically around representation of INS detainees after September 11. It is important for those of us in the non-profit sector to feel the support of our immigration law colleagues, and I was gratified to see how ILW.COM has chosen to donate its funds. I would also like to make you aware of the program I direct, the American Friends Service Committee Immigrant Rights Program, located in Newark, New Jersey. Our program has provided direct legal services, education and outreach, and community organizing to immigrant communities for over ten years. Our attorneys specialize in asylum, removal defense, family based immigration, NACARA, TPS, and VAWA, and frequently are asked to speak at conferences and trainings on immigration law. Most of our services are free, but we charge low fees for certain cases. In your announcement you mentioned that you will be making additional donations to other immigration related non-profits. I would like to request that AFSC be considered for one of these donations. Due to reduction in grants and legal services fees over the last year, we are unfortunately facing difficult financial times and are looking at ways to make up some of the income we have not been able to maintain. As you are aware, there is a shortage of free or low-cost legal services available to low income immigrants, and as more and more immigrants are facing deportation without access to representation the shortage becomes more dire. It is essential that programs such as ours remain open and able to continue providing representation. To that end, I strongly suggest that ILW.COM look at programs such as ours when making grant awards to non-profit immigration service providers. Thank you again for the valuable information you provide.

Amy Gottlieb, Program Director
American Friends Service Committee Immigrant Rights Program, Newark, NJ

Editor's Note: As to the funds remaining from the 9/11 seminar, a shortlist of organizations was prepared last year based on suggestions from the 350+ attendees of that seminar. However, we do intend to take actions in assisting not-for-profit projects/institutions in the immigration law field in the future. Any information sent to us in this connection will be carefully reviewed. Thank you for your comments.

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