Indiana Legal Services, Inc., has received a $600,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help support the work of the Immigrants’ and Language Rights Center (ILRC), a special project within ILS dedicated to serving immigrants and people with limited English proficiency throughout Indiana.
“The ILRC appreciates the monetary support and the recognition of our commitment to meeting the needs of our immigrant community members by providing legal and wraparound services,” said Kristin Edison Garn, ILRC Director.
ILS has a robust immigration practice for those who are seeking a range of humanitarian immigration benefits, relief from removal, lawful permanent residence, and US citizenship, and prioritizing immigrant survivors of crime. Many lawyers and staff in ILS’s Immigrants’ and Language Rights Project conduct business in Spanish, and the ILRC provides interpretation services in Spanish and uses an on-demand interpretation service for other languages as needed.
“ILS thanks Lilly Endowment for its support, which will allow us to help address the rising demand for immigration services in Central Indiana,” said Jon Laramore, ILS Executive Director. “We will use most of these resources to add paraprofessional staff, who can help make the six ILS lawyers working in this area more productive.”
Indiana Legal Services is one of 19 organizations that has received the grants designed to help organizations adapt their programs as they respond to the growing number of immigrants in Indianapolis. During the last decade, the foreign-born population of Indianapolis has grown by 30 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Census data.
“A growing number of immigrants seek to make Indianapolis their home,” said Ronni Kloth, the Endowment’s vice president for community development. “We are pleased to support these organizations as they build their capacity to help our city continue to be a place that is welcoming and livable for all its residents.”