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Help Support Immigrant Healthcare

DONATE TODAY Many of us are very fortunate to have received a third stimulus check during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Did you know that only immigrants with Social Security numbers (SSN) living and working in the United States can receive this stimulus check. This includes resident aliens, green card holders, DACA-recipients, and workers with H-1B and

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$46 and Change: Carmen’s Story

Photo credit // Molly Adams, Creative Commons Carmen was brought to the USA with the assistance of a coyote when she was almost two years old. Her father had already been living in the US for a few years when her parents decided it was time that she and her mother joined him in Ohio.

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$46 and Change: Gratitude from a DACA Recipient

Launched on Inauguration Day 2021, our $46 and Change” fundraising campaign has been a great success! We are so close to our initial goal and all $46 and Change donations received during the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris administration will be used to support DACA application fees for young Americans like *Mark Costillo (name

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$46 and Change! Celebrating a new administration

Funds raised in the $46 and Change Campaign will be used to pay for the filing fees for DACA recipients which were recently increased dramatically by the Trump Administration to inhibit applications. The fee is $495/person. Suggested Donation Amounts are $46.00, $92.00, $138.00 or $495.00, which pays the full amount of a DACA renewal application.

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Pamela Turos

A Patron of Freedom: Update on Ansly Damus

Thanks to a 2019 Cleveland.com article by Mike McIntyre: Haitian Asylum Seeker Ansly Damus adjusting to freedom seeking work to help family at home (photo credit Chuck Crow / Plain Dealer)  — Ansly is now working 40+ hours a week and sharing an apartment with Jonas, also from the Congo. After the article was published,

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Pamela Turos

Update from Our Burkina Faso Friends

It has now been nearly a year since Issoufou, Emmanuel, and Idrissa were released from the Youngstown prison to live in the Sanctuary Apartment located at Forest Hill Church Presbyterian, Cleveland Heights. Click here to learn more about their escape from Burkina Faso and the $45,000 bond that our donors and community partners helped fundraise

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#GivingTuesday | A safe home and community for Noelani

2020 is the first Holiday Season in America for several of the immigrants AMIS supports, including *Noelani. This holiday season will be different for us Americans, but wildly different for the immigrants who have left their homelands in search of safety and a different life. Much like AMIS, Giving Tuesday began as a grassroots effort

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Thank You: Cultural Connections Was a Success!

In these dark times, we need a little enthusiastic but not entirely ‘in key’ ethnic music to give us hope. That and more was offered at AMIS’s Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser “Cultural Connections.” We saw firsthand most of the immigrants AMIS has helped with resources in its first year of existence – a year we

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Pamela Turos

Masks for Haiti: Ansly Damus

Ansly Damus, the Haitian refugee who spent two years in a Geauga County jail before inspiring a nationwide movement powered by grassroots organizers and the ACLU to rally for freedom on behalf of asylum-seeking immigrants, is now working full-time and living in his own apartment in Cleveland Hts.  He recently raised over $900 to buy

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Pamela Turos

Jonas is Free!

Each time you support AMIS Ohio with donations, support, emails and social media sharing our “freedom family” grows. Most recently, your efforts helped bring freedom for Jonas, a 30-year-old asylum seeker from the Democratic Republic of Congo.  He fled the Congo in 2017 after being severely beaten and detained by corrupt government officials when he

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AMIS, Inc. Began with a Simple Act of Friendship

In February 2018, Elizabeth Ford, an immigration attorney, shared the story of Haitian asylum seeker Ansly Damus with Anne Hill, a local immigration activist. From there, a quick phone call to friends launched a series of events that would eventually help Ansly and many others find safety, community on the road to permanent legal status

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AMIS Signs National Bi-Partisan Call to Action

The Board Members of AMIS, Inc. unanimously voted to add our name and “signature” to organizations throughout the U.S. in a plea to leaders of both political parties. Please see the details below. Note: This letter is intended for national, state and local organizations to sign on. Deadline for sign ons: extended to Monday, April 20

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Pamela Turos

Burkina Faso Men are Thriving!

It has now been three months since Issoufou, Emmanuel, and Idrissa, all from Burkina Faso, were released from the Youngstown prison. They fled their country to seek asylum in the United States after their families were massacred in 2018, when uniformed armed men attacked their village. Their new home is the Sanctuary Apartment located at

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Pamela Turos

Yesica’s Story: Service Industry Shutdowns

Yesica is the mother of two young children, one of whom is a US citizen and the other was born in Mexico. She worked as a server in Lorain until mid-March when she was laid off due to the COVID pandemic. With COVID, it will be nearly impossible for her to get another job. Her

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Juana’s Story

Juana* spent 16 months living at St. Andrew Episcopal Church in Mentor along with her two sons in order to avoid an arrest and deportation by ICE. She lost her income and her community in the move to the church. The boys had to start over in new schools. But, the St. Andrew community welcomed

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Leonor Garcia Found Sanctuary at Forest Hill Church

Now in her early 40s, Leonor has lived in the United States all her adult life. In her early 20s, in California where she lived at the time, someone claimed to be an attorney who wasn’t, took her money, and was unable to legally assist them, thereby obfuscating her path to citizenship. This act of

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Elias is Free! Thank you, Cleveland

Elias Castro-Tum was set free from unjust detention at Northeast Ohio Corrections late in the day on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 and returned to New Philadelphia with his girlfriend and her two sons. With the support of AMIS, Inc. and our nonprofit partners IRTF (InterReligious Task Force on Central America) and Cleveland Jobs with Justice,

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Elias: Freedom and A Fair Trial

A 25-year-old, soft-spoken and hardworking Mexican immigrant, Elias has been incarcerated in the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center (NEOCC) in Youngstown, Ohio, since August 2019. Elias was picked up by the FBI after they racially profiled him as a drug trafficker based on the fact that his Facebook name was similar to that of the previous

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AMIS donations support release of asylum seekers from Youngstown prison

Issoufou, Emmanuel, and Idrissa who are from Burkina Faso, were released from the Youngstown prison on Monday, January 13, and arrived at their new home at Forest Hill Church Presbyterian in Cleveland Heights late in the afternoon. AMIS, Inc., the Diocese of Cleveland Immigration Assistance Fund, and Cleveland Jobs with Justice raised the $45,000 needed

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Urgent: Asylum Efforts for Burkina Faso

On the night of December 31, 2018, when many people in the village of Yirgou in the country of Burkina-Faso were preparing to go to church to pray for the new year, soldiers entered the village, torched it, and murdered many people.  Three young men (names protected for privacy) who are now in the Youngstown

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