This past Thursday, January 24, Dario Jimenez and Jonathan Capote, both Case Managers in our New York Immigrant AIDS Link (NYIAL) Program, attended a conference hosted by the Legal Aid Society at the Battery Park Plaza titled, “Making a Difference in Immigrant Communities through Partnership.”
Since 2007, AID FOR AIDS and several other community organizations have worked together with the Legal Aid Society on a joint project funded by the Robin Hood Foundation to meet the needs of New York’s growing immigrant communities. This conference provided an opportunity for representatives of Legal Aid and community organizations to come together and assess their accomplishments over the past six years, as well as giving a platform for immigrant clients who have benefited from the project to share their testimonies.
Since the project’s inception, over 7,000 immigrant clients have been served by Legal Aid and its partner organizations, such as our NYIAL Program which provides support and social services to immigrants with HIV or AIDS in New York. As part of this joint project, Legal Aid regularly sends pro bono attorneys to hold clinics in our office that assist NYIAL beneficiaries with immigration and other legal issues.
Speaking of the impact of this partnership, Capote adds, “It was very exciting for us to be able to participate in this conference. We were especially moved to see what the partnership with Legal Aid has accomplished over the years. Knowing that we are having a positive impact in the lives of immigrants inspires us to keep doing the work we do.”
All of us here at AID FOR AIDS are deeply grateful for the support of the Legal Aid Society and the Robin Hood Foundation. Partnerships such as this make it possible for us to continue reaching more people in our communities and to continue saving lives each day.