its inception, our Firm has advocated for the fair and just treatment
of foreign nationals, especially those living in Prince William
County, VA (about 30 miles southwest of Washington, DC) and the
DC Metro area. We have done over 50 Know Your Rights presentations
to more than 5,000 foreign nationals on issues such as: what to
do if you are stopped by the police or if Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) comes to your home, and how to prepare for family
Firm has worked with other community-based organizations to formulate
raid response teams that coordinate lawyers and social service workers
to provide immediate relief to families who have had a family member
detained by ICE or deported. We have also done outreach with the
U.S. citizen community in order to facilitate a greater understanding
of our immigration system, the push and pull factors that have caused
immigration to the United States to increase, and the benefits to
our community from increased acceptance of immigrants.
the course of our advocacy work, we have testified before the Virginia
State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights,
the Virginia Commission on Immigration, and at the County Supervisor
Board meetings, in order to provide pertinent legal analysis on
the constitutional enforcement of immigration laws.
a more personal note, Lisa Johnson-Firth, the principal of the Firm,
participated in the Prince William Study Circles sponsored by George
Mason University where she had the opportunity to share perspectives
with others holding diverse views of immigration policies in an
effort to create a better-informed and more cohesive community.
She has also been trained in cross-cultural and cross-board mediation
and is the Immigration Advisor to the grassroots organization, Unity
in the Community.