September 28, 2021
American Dream: HCLF Approved by U.S. Department of Justice to Provide Immigration Legal Services in Hudson and Passaic Counties
The Hudson County Latino Foundation (HCLF) is honored to have received approval by the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Legal Access Programs as an Accredited Agency in New Jersey. HCLF is now only the third agency in Hudson County and the only one in Passaic County.
This accreditation enables HCLF to service hundreds of people who need immigration legal assistance. The Foundation will begin to offer select immigration services throughout these communities shortly.
“In 2017, we set a goal to become an accredited agency recognized by the Department of Justice. Today, our team is ready to offer the highest quality of service to individuals seeking legal naturalization who do not have sufficient financial resources. We are thankful for the thorough and diligent review by the DOJ and the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Service," said David Miranda, HCLF’s Chief Operating Officer.
The Foundation’s Chief Financial Officer, Johann Cabe: “This accreditation allows the HCLF to provide such an important service to these underserved communities and provide individuals the opportunity to realize the American Dream.”
HCLF joins 37 other accredited agencies across the state, where almost a quarter of all residents are foreign born. This accreditation amplifies the work of the Foundation and will allow HCLF to expand into areas of greater need.
"I am extremely proud of our team's ability to deliver on one of the Foundation's key milestones we set since our inception. This achievement was not possible without the dedication and resiliency exemplified by our colleagues,” said Miranda.
The Hudson County Latino Foundation works to deliver unmatched services to communities in the areas of healthcare, education, and community development. Founded in 2017, HCLF is driven by the values of transparency, selfless service, and dedication for all to improve the lives of residents in Hudson County and reduce the socio-economic gap for marginalized groups.