RILC Assists Immigrants Affected by Maui Wildfires
Mahalo nui to RILC Fellow Ethan Higa ’21 for extending his RILC fellowship for a short term to directly assist immigrants on the ground in Maui.
Ethan will be working out of the office of RILC Advisory Committee Member Kevin Block, assisting primarily with requests for immigration document replacement on a day-to-day basis. He will also be helping to coordinate law students and other community volunteers on Oahu in these efforts. There has been an outpouring of interest among Richardson law students in helping Maui residents recover from the fires.
Ethan’s service in Maui is possible thanks to the support of Hawaii Justice Foundation. Mahalo nui for supporting this short term fellowship to put more immediate legal help on the ground in Maui!
Thank you to RILC Advocate Kara Teng ’17 and law students for assisting a dozen former Lahaina residents this week with replacing their green cards that were destroyed in the fire.
Ever since the wildfires, RILC Advisory Committee Member Kevin Block, an immigration attorney on Maui, and his staff Liz Cortez have been inundated with requests for help with immigration document replacement. Without these documents, it is difficult for immigrants to fly to another island or out of state, prove they are authorized to work, apply for benefits, etc. Kevin and Liz have been helping others while they themselves have been impacted by the wildfires.
Mahalo to RILC students Miah Bonilla ’25, Brissa Flores Romero ’24, Joshua Nam ’24, and Leeyannah Santos ’24 for supporting Kevin and Liz by filling out applications to replace the documents with impacted immigrants over the phone and making fee waiver and expedite requests to USCIS. Yesterday, Kara flew to Maui to meet the applicants in Kevin’s office and have them review and sign their applications. She assisted walk-ins as well.
Although we are still grieving for and with Lahaina, we are grateful for this opportunity to help those impacted and those on the front lines in Maui, like Kevin and Liz, however we can. Thank you to RILC Advocate Kara Teng ’17 and law students for assisting a dozen former Lahaina residents this week with replacing their green cards that were destroyed in the fire