Mid-South Immigration Advocates Inc
258 N Merton St
Memphis TN 38112-3340
Contact Information
Address 258 N Merton St
Memphis, TN 38112 3340
Telephone 901 244-4367
E-mail info@miamemphis.org
Mission Statement

Mid-South Immigration Advocates, Inc. (MIA) is a nonprofit immigration law firm established in 2013 to address the legal immigration needs of the diverse foreign-born population of the Mid-South. MIA is funded by individual donations, charitable grants, and income-based, sliding-scale fees. Our core mission is to provide quality, affordable immigration representation to low­-income Mid-Southerners.

MIA attorneys focus our practice on cases with the greatest humanitarian impact: asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, deportation defense, and immigration benefits for victims of violent crime such as domestic violence.
 
In addition to providing free and low-cost direct legal representation, MIA seeks justice for the entire immigrant community through educational outreach and advocacy for fair immigration policies at the local, state, and federal levels.
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Other ways to Donate, Support, or Volunteer

MIA provides a limited number of internships, externships, and volunteer opportunities. In some circumstances, college or law school credit may be available. Please email info@miamemphis.org for more information.

If you wish to donate office supplies, professional services, or other non-monetary gifts, please contact us to make arrangements by email at info@miamemphis.org.  

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kimberly Sutton
Board Chair Ms. Johnna Main Bailey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lewis Thomason
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2013
Former Names
NameYear
Memphis Immigration Advocates2013
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $222,124.50
Projected Expenses $222,868.50
Statements
Mission

Mid-South Immigration Advocates, Inc. (MIA) is a nonprofit immigration law firm established in 2013 to address the legal immigration needs of the diverse foreign-born population of the Mid-South. MIA is funded by individual donations, charitable grants, and income-based, sliding-scale fees. Our core mission is to provide quality, affordable immigration representation to low­-income Mid-Southerners.

MIA attorneys focus our practice on cases with the greatest humanitarian impact: asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, deportation defense, and immigration benefits for victims of violent crime such as domestic violence.
 
In addition to providing free and low-cost direct legal representation, MIA seeks justice for the entire immigrant community through educational outreach and advocacy for fair immigration policies at the local, state, and federal levels.
Background

MIA was founded in 2013 by experienced local immigration lawyers seeking to address the considerable gap in legal services within the Mid-­South region. 

MIA provides direct representation to adults and children before the Memphis Immigration Court, the New Orleans Asylum Office, and local U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Field Offices. MIA’s jurisdiction mirrors that of the Memphis Immigration Court: we serve residents of Arkansas, Tennessee, North Mississippi, and Kentucky.
 
MIA’s clients range in age from 1 to 77, and they come from all over Latin America, Africa, and Asia seeking safety and freedom. MIA carries out its mission through its current programs. Our goal is to increase our capacity to represent this under-served population, while expanding our collaboration with partner organizations to ensure our work has a significant impact in the community.
Impact

MIA provided direct representation to 200 clients in our first 2 years, 54 percent of whom are minor children from Central America.

MIA also serves a significant number of victims of violent crime, particularly domestic violence and sexual assault. This includes both asylum seekers fleeing persecution in their home countries as well as immigrants who have been targeted for violent crime here in the U.S.

Fifty-three percent of our clients are women or girls.

All of our clients live in homes with household incomes below 150 percent of federal poverty level.

Needs

Support staff funding: 1 full-time bilingual paralegal ($40,000), and 1 part-time bilingual case manager ($17,500).

Development funding: 1 part-time development director (or equivalent administrative hours dedicated to strategic planning and fundraising) ($20,000)

Technology: 1 desktop computer ($1000), 1 multi-function printer ($500), software and upgrades ($400)

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
TN
AR
MS

MIA serves a broad region defined by the jurisdiction of the Memphis Immigration Court. Residents of TN, AR, and MS north of Jackson travel to Memphis to appear in Immigration Court for deportation hearings. Residents of KY appear at the Court via video from Louisville. Memphis is also home to our region's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sub-office. People throughout the region travel to Memphis USCIS for asylum interviews, naturalization tests, and other immigration services. 

Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Johnna Main Bailey
Company Affiliation Lewis Thomason
Term Feb 2016 to Jan 2019
Email johnnamainbailey@gmail.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Rehim Babaoglu Lewis Thomason
Ms. Maria Cristina Condori Community Volunteer
Ms. Brittany Faith Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison, P.C.
Mr. Eric Henton EH Law Group, PLLC
Ms. Kimberly Sutton Mid-South Immigration Advocates
Ms. Juanita White Binghampton Development Corporation
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 4
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Kimberly Sutton
Experience

Interim Executive Director Kimberly Sutton is a private immigration attorney with 10 years of practice experience in Memphis and western Arkansas. She currently serves as Secretary of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Mid-South chapter. Ms. Sutton’s private practice is based in Springdale, Arkansas.

Staff
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 6
Contractors 0
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Programs
Description

An unprecedented number of children began crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in late 2013 fleeing widespread violence and poverty in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. From October 2013 to September 2015, more than 80,000 children traveling without a parent or guardian were apprehended by Customs and Border Protection after entry into the U.S.; 3500 of these children now live with parents or relatives in the Mid-South. Immigration law provides paths to lawful status for children who are victims of persecution or who are suffering from abandonment, abuse, or neglect.

With funding through a 1-year pilot project of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, MIA’s two attorneys concentrated exclusively on defending children in deportation proceedings from October 2014 to September 2015. During the Children's Project's first 12 months, MIA represented over 100 children. The Children's Program is currently fully funded.

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $180,000.00
Short Term Success

MIA will provide representation to 80 children living in the jurisdiction of the Memphis Immigration Court in FY 2016. 

Long Term Success

In the long term, MIA seeks to ensure that all children within the jurisdiction of the Memphis Immigration Court are represented in their deportation proceedings and applications for legal status.

Description
Survivors' Project clients fall into two categories: (1) asylum seekers fleeing persecution in their home countries and (2) immigrants who have been targeted for violent crime here in the U.S.
 
Although we represent asylum seekers from all over the world, most are Central American women fleeing an epidemic of femicide sweeping through their countries. Through the generous contribution of a private donor, MIA is funded to provide representation to a limited number of women who have recently entered the U.S. with their children to seek asylum. This one-time funding source secures representation for 10 - 15 women (including their children) from April 2016 - March 2017. 
 
U.S. law also provides pathways to legal status for victims of certain violent crimes in the U.S. Beginning October 1, 2016, MIA has been awarded a three-year Department of Justice Legal Assistance to Victims grant. Through this program, we have partnered with local organizations CasaLuz and Memphis Public Interest Law Center to provide comprehensive legal services and victim advocacy to immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Population Served Victims
Budget $125,000.00
Short Term Success Through our current funding streams, MIA will be providing representation to approximately 15 women with children who have recently entered the U.S. seeking asylum or other protection from violence in their home countries from April 2016 - March 2016. MIA will be providing immigration representation to 50 immigrants who have been victims of domestic violence or sexual assault in the U.S. from October 2016 - September 2016. 
Long Term Success
Programs such as the Survivors' Project require close partnerships in order to be effective. MIA hopes to obtain long-term, sustainable funding in collaboration with CasaLuz and Memphis Public Interest Law Center to provide wrap-around services to Survivors' Project clients, including safety planning, emergency housing assistance, and case management, as well as representation in order of protection hearings, divorce, child custody, and other civil matters. We are also seeking long-term funding to continue our representation of asylum seekers. 
Description
Clients seeking to obtain lawful status via a family member pay an income-based, sliding-scale legal fee through our Family Unity Project. Family Unity Project fees are approximately 85 – 95 percent lower than those of a private attorney. All Family Unity clients live in households below 150 percent of federal poverty level.
 
People benefiting from this program include immediate relatives of U.S. citizens. Many people in our community qualify for legal status, but simply cannot afford expensive legal fees. 
 
Ensuring that “mixed status” families stay together provides economic and social benefits to our entire community. 
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Budget $79,000.00
Short Term Success

Over a 12-month period, one full-time attorney will represent 50 Mid-Southerners applying for legal status or citizenship, with priority to those facing separation from U.S. citizen family members. 

Representation includes derivative family members, typically spouses or children.

The impact of this work is to provide 50 Mid-South families with access to employment, education, and justice through legal status and work authorization. This work also protects families from the unnecessary trauma of permanent separation.

Including immediate relatives, this work will directly benefit 100 - 200 people in a 12-month period.
Long Term Success
MIA is seeking to augment this program with a legal fellowship position for a recent graduate/new attorney. Legal fellowship sponsors typically fund salaries; in some cases, the host organization is expected to fund health care and fringe benefits. 
 
Hosting a legal fellow will allow the Family Unity Project to double its impact in our community while introducing new attorneys to the complex and rewarding field of nonprofit immigration law. 
Description

Through the IRP, MIA has partnered with the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, and Comunidades Unidas en Una Voz to educate and equip Memphians with information about their legal and civil rights. The IRP was initially funded by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis through the GiVE365 program. 

Currently, MIA provides legal orientation presentations to the family members or “sponsors” of unaccompanied minors to assist them in navigating the immigration court process. MIA is also a member of the MEMigration Coalition, a group of Memphis-based non-profit immigration programs established to increase our collective capacity to meet the overwhelming need for immigration services in our area. Our MEMigration partners include Latino Memphis’ Derechos Immigration Program, Catholic Charities of West Tennessee’s Immigrant Services, Community Legal Center’s Immigrant Justice Program, and World Relief Memphis.

Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Budget $81,000.00
Short Term Success MIA seeks to improve attendance and outcomes for minor children in deportation proceedings through our twice-weekly legal orientation presentations at the Memphis Immigration Court. 
Long Term Success Through the IRP, MIA's long-term goal is to ensure the immigrant and refugee community has access to accurate, reliable information regarding their legal rights and responsibilities in the United States. 
Examples of Program Success During its inaugural year, IRP informed 1,161 individuals about immigrants’ legal and civil rights at 16 events throughout the city. IRP also produced the Memphis Resource Guide for Immigrants and Refugees, which is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, and French.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $222,124.50
Projected Expenses $222,868.50
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$156,808----
Administration Expense$20,370----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.19----
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$54,026----
Current Assets$52,212----
Long-Term Liabilities$9,486----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$44,540----
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets18%----
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Registration 2017View
Address 258 N Merton St
Memphis, TN 38112 3340
Primary Phone 901 244-4367
Contact Email info@miamemphis.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kimberly Sutton
Board Chair Ms. Johnna Main Bailey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lewis Thomason

 

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