Curran & Berger believes in giving back to the community that supports us and improving the situation for immigrants who do not have the financial resources to pay for representation. We have been involved in a number of pro bono activities.
Immigrant Protection Project of Western Massachusetts
Attorney Megan Kludt is on the steering/ founding committee for IPP, a new organization in Western MA committed to helping all immigrants in the community through agency referrals, family assistance, and direct representation of indigent detained immigrants in bond proceedings. Attorney Kludt also leads the “bond team,” training and mentoring volunteer attorneys from other fields of law as they take on bond representation.
La Posada Providencia
In August 2017, Attorney Dan Berger will spend a week volunteering at La Posada Providencia shelter on the Mexican border. The shelter provides food, transportation, English classes, legal aid, health care, social services and emotional support for poor immigrants, asylees, and asylum seekers in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Attorney Berger will be assisting with legal aid to asylum seekers and welcoming new immigrants to the shelter.
Assistance to Service Providers
Attorney Dan Berger is active on multiple community listservs and regularly provides immigration advice to advocates at local non-profits that work with indigent immigrant populations.
AILA and CARA Pro Bono Project
Attorney Kludt traveled to the southern border in 2014 and 2015 to provide direct representation to immigrant children that were detained by the U.S. government with their mothers. She also managed remote volunteers assisting the attorneys on the ground through 2015 and 2016. She won the AILA New England Pro Bono Champions Award for her work with family detention.
Read Attorney Kludt’s blog here: http://immigrationartesia.blogspot.com/
Post-Election Events, Presentations and Assistance to Students
In December of 2016, Curran & Berger hosted a forum on the state of immigration law and potential changes under the new administration at the Academy of Music in Northampton, MA. The event included the Mayor of Northampton, Northampton Chief of Police, city counsel members, and leaders of prominent social service providers throughout the region.
Attorney Berger and Attorney Kludt have also spoken at numerous community and campus events in 2017, including events at UMass Amherst, UMass medical school, Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College, Amherst College, the Holyoke Cultural Heritage Center, Western New England School of Law, Northeastern University, Columbia University, the College of the Holy Cross and the National Association of College and University Attorneys meeting in Chicago.
Attorney Berger co-authored an article “Sanctuary Campuses” And Other Immigration Questions and Answers For Campus Leaders Post-Election for DACA students after the election.
Attorney Berger also wrote a blog piece on international student advising under the new Administration: Advising in the Face of Uncertainty
Links to additional Curran & Berger presentations and workshops in the community
11/10/2016: Attorney Megan Kludt led an “Immigration Teach-In” at Smith College:
11/30/2016 and 04/27/2017: Attorney Megan Kludt led multiple Information Session and Know Your Rights Workshop for Immigrant Students and Their Allies with Local Immigration
12/02/2016: Attorney Megan Kludt spoke at the Immigration Law Teach-In at Amherst College
02/03/2017: Attorneys Joseph Curran and Megan Kludt presented at the Immigration Policy Forum at Western New England University
02/03/2017: Attorney Megan Kludt is quoted in an article regarding a Massachusetts family struggling to stay in the U.S.
02/27/2017: Attorney Megan Kludt presented “Immigration Executive Orders: Your Rights & the Current Climate” at Northeastern University
06/07/2017: Attorney Megan Kludt presented at “Journeys Home: Perspectives on Immigration” at the Holyoke City Hall Auditorium
Pro Bono cases
Curran and Berger LLP has always set aside a certain amount of cases per year for pro bono or low bono representation.
In 2016, we secured political asylum in the Hartford Immigration Court for a Guatemalan women who had been brutally abused her entire life before coming to the United States. Immediately prior to leaving her country, she barely escaped being burned alive with her teenage daughter in a small village. In 2015, we secured asylum for another victim of domestic violence in the Boston Immigration Court.