UCLI is honored to partner with Women of the World this summer to host a six-part series of free legal workshops open to all members of the community. The workshop topics thus far have included navigating the law in daily life, divorce and custody, and immigration. We welcome anyone who has an interest in expanding their knowledge regarding the law, particularly those with a refugee or immigrant background, and invite participation for the remaining topics, which include: workplace discrimination, general housing issues, as well as housing and rent discrimination.
On 22 June 2023, the third legal workshop in the series was hosted at the Women of the World office and presented by one of the UCLI board members, Geidy Achecar. Geidy owns her own law practice which focuses on personal injury cases, immigration law, and divorce/family law matters. She was able to share her in-depth knowledge on immigration matters to a large audience in Spanish, thanks to her native fluency in the language. The workshop attendees were very engaged and asked many questions, which Geidy helped answer as well as providing them with resources that allowed them to answer their own questions. There were also two recent college graduates in the audience who plan to attend law school. Geidy was able to share information with them about the upcoming Pre-Law Symposium and Pre-Law Fellowship.
Geidy describes her own experience presenting at the event as follows:
“The demands of practicing make it hard to find time to serve our communities, this event was such a good reminder that especially for those who don’t have access to attorneys and may not know how to navigate the law, just a small amount of our time and training can make a huge difference in people’s lives. I loved being in community with the women who attended and the organizers who do the work daily.”
We would like to thank Geidy Achecar for sharing her expertise. We would also like to extend a thank you to Ghinwa Hneide, WoW’s case manager, for facilitating the event. Thank you also to Wings on Wheels, a Spice Kitchen Entrepreneur, for the fantastic catering.
Please also help us spread the word to your friends and neighbors with refugee and immigrant backgrounds; see the flyer below.