Your Safety Is On Our Minds

Published On: March 13, 2020Views: 445

Dear friends and colleagues,

At our firm, the mission is to Bring Peace to Immigrant Families.  That means always thinking about ways to keep the immigrant community safe and informed.  The Coronavirus is on all our minds and we’d like to talk about how to stay safe.  Lincoln-Goldfinch Law is open and we are hard at work on your cases, as usual. The Immigration Court and US Citizenship and Immigration Service remains open under normal operations.

To keep you off the roads and safe from viral spread, as well as to protect our staff and their families, we are offering virtual meetings via a very easy conferencing option that only requires a cell phone.  We have planned and prepared to continue helping immigrant families with minimal disruption to you.  In fact, in many ways this will be better for you!  No time traveling to and from work, no driving without a license, and the safety of staying in your environment.

Each and every Lincoln-Goldfinch Law team member has a laptop and is able to work remotely, so we can keep helping you not only wherever you are, but also wherever we are. We are fully prepared and committed to moving you forward towards your goals.

We will continue to monitor the Coronavirus situation very closely, with the safety of our clients and our team as our top priority. If the courts decide to close or postpone hearings, our team will make sure to let you know.

In the meantime, it bears repeating the recommendations to prevent infection:

  • Regular hand washing
  • Covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
  • Avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

In other words, pretty standard stuff.

Here’s some less standard stuff we would ask you to add to your list:

  • We all have to give up something to be socially responsible and to slow the spread of the virus.  If you are missing your spring break trip, birthday party, wedding or other important gatherings, remember that you are doing it for the safety of everyone and your sacrifice is the right moral and ethical choice.  We are grateful to you for being responsible.
  • Please keep in mind that if schools close, there will be a good number of children who lose two meals a day that need those meals, so please consider increasing or beginning donations to local food pantries.
  • Please remember that while our team is able and encouraged to work remotely, many people will still need to go to their jobs in order to pay their bills and may not have adequate childcare if their kids can’t go to school.  Be kind and generous, even if you’re scared.
  • We can and will get through this.  We are in this together and will come out stronger on the other side.

If you need assistance with something please ask us, we will do everything we can to offer it.

In solidarity!

Kate

About the Author: Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch

I am the managing partner of Lincoln-Goldfinch Law. Upon graduating from the University of Texas for college and law school, I received an Equal Justice Works Fellowship in 2008, completed at American Gateways. My project served the detained families seeking asylum. After my fellowship, I entered private immigration practice. My firm offers family-based immigration, such as greencards and naturalization, deportation defense, and humanitarian cases such as asylum, U Visa, and VAWA. Everyone at Lincoln-Goldfinch Law is bilingual, has a connection to our cause, and has demonstrated a history of activism for immigrants. To us, our work is not just a job. After the pandemic we began offering bankruptcy services in addition to immigration I realized how much lack of information there is in financial literacy resources in Spanish.

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