Introduction to Immigration Law and Policy

Introduction to Immigration Law and Policy

lpFort Wayne Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic Immigrant Outreach Attorney Laura Pontius will help you learn more about immigration laws and policy and present a “bird’s eye view” of the immigration legal system. In this workshop, she’ll explore information about immigrants in Indiana and provide reliable sources for non-partisan information on immigration law and policy. This information will help your congregation create informed and educated decisions.

At  this luncheon, you’ll learn how to:

  • facilitate congregational conversations about immigration. 
  • access local and statewide resources to support immigrants.
  • utilize this information to strengthen your ministries, decide on policy and discuss or advocate on immigration matters.
  • help your members connect with local and regional immigrant advocacy organizations.
  • equip your congregation to engage and respond in compassion to our immigrant neighbors.
  • partner with local community resources to help local immigrants to know their rights and receive legal assistance, obtain green cards or other benefits.

This workshop is for congregations which have activities with or for recent immigrants or for those seeking to be more well-informed about the current state of immigration law.

Laura Pontius is an immigration attorney in northern Indiana who has handled immigration cases for individuals, families, businesses, churches and nonprofits. In her role with the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, she provides “Know Your Rights” legal sessions for the immigrant community throughout northern Indiana, as well as legal educational seminars for the non-immigrant community.

This luncheon workshop is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Eastern time) Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Covenant Community Church in South Bend and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Eastern time) Thursday, October 24, 2019 at First Baptist Church of North Indianapolis, Bradley Building. The cost of the workshop is $10, which includes lunch, conversation and workshops materials. 



How can you maximize your learning in this workshop and others? Check out this Center for Congregations article, "Getting the Most from an Education Event."