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Miami, FL

Miami, FL

American Friends Immigrant Services (AFIS)

AFIS Miami January 2016

AFIS program coordinator Perez-Reynozo (left) during a visit to the Friends Library in Marathon, FL.

Copyright: AFSC

AFIS Paul-Andre Mondesir

AFIS Haitian Community Advocate Paul-Andre Mondesir with Smart-vote participant, Ms. Marie.

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AFIS Ladies

Community organizing coordinator Lis-Marie Alvarado, organizing intern Vanessa Urbina and outreach paralegal of Miami's American Friends Immigrant Services.

Photo: AFSC/Bryan Vana

Through a combination of legal services, advocacy and community organizing, the American Friends Immigrant Service Program (AFIS) works to strengthen understanding and respect among the different populations settled in South Florida. Our program also accompanies refugees and immigrants through the complex immigration system by providing direct immigration representation and assistance.

Immigration Legal Services: Besides Miami-Dade County, we offer legal orientation and counsel in different areas of South Florida to address community needs.  We represent families and individuals in deportation defense cases, in preparation and filing of immigration cases, and consultations and referrals.  We also work in collaboration with other legal services, clinics, and private lawyers to render the best and most comprehensive immigration services.

Haitian/Caribbean Community and Social Advocacy: AFIS provides rights education and training for citizenship to help move Haitians and other immigrants in Florida from a place of vulnerability to a place where they can exercise their rights and advocate for themselves and their community.

South Florida Community Organizing: We work towards improving the lives of immigrant communities in South Florida by advancing federal, state, and local immigration policy reforms that will promote their integration, will keep families together and empower those who are directly impacted by immigration enforcement, deportation and detention.This work is accomplished though grassroots community organizing, political education, cultural history & expression, leadership development of youth and direct action in order to build the power of immigrant communities in South Florida to stand up for their rights, wage powerful campaigns, create a positive environment and amplify their voices.