The Community Immigration Law Center is fortunate to have a great network of supportive volunteers, some of which are featured below. If you are interested in learning how you can get involved, email to see if there are any opportunities available!

Karen Perez-Wilson

My name is Karen Pérez-Wilson and I began volunteering at CILC in the spring of 2017. As a UW student, I was able to enroll in a directed study course under the mentorship of a UW faculty member. I had taken a class with this professor before and was interested in his field of study:   immigration and crime. For my curriculum, I had the opportunity to work with Aissa every week for a couple of hours and helped with removal defense. Aissa gave me the liberty to help with anything I thought would be beneficial to my learning. Within the first week, I was helping her draft legal documents and was conducting research on country conditions. In the past, I have also assisted by accompanying individuals to their court hearing in Chicago and sitting with them in court. 

I continued to do this work over the course of three semesters and plan to continue volunteering at CILC after I graduate from UW in May. The experience I have gained in this office has only reinforced my passion for immigration law and advocacy. I have gained mentors, friends, and learned more than I ever imagined in the time span I was there. I am thankful for the Community Immigration Law Center and look forward to working with them to ensure everyone has access to proper legal representation.