RISE & Shine Blog
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By Sarah Kraft
On Sunday March 4, 2018, EMBARC Waterloo held a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) clinic to help Burma community members who came to the U.S. from Malaysia apply to receive documents found in their immigration file. The clinic was a huge success thanks to the hard work of many organizations and volunteers! To hold the clinic, EMBARC partnered with Iowa Legal Aid and Catholic Charities to provide legal expertise and supervise the paperwork. The clinic was also made possible because of over 20 volunteers from both the Burma and Iowa communities who came to help fill out the paperwork. In total, we helped 43 clients complete the FOIA paperwork. This great turnout was thanks to the hours my Burma coworkers spend calling community members to explain the clinic and encourage them to attend. I'm so proud to be part of such an awesome team!
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The service members of RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps have compiled stories of success during their membership. This blog was created with the intent of sharing these valuable stories with the public.