“Don’t wait for leaders. Do it alone, person to person.” ― Mother Teresa

The Poarch Law Education Project is how we engage the immigrant and native populations in our community in active discourse on immigration-related issues including victim protection, cultural intelligence, the broken legal immigration system, basic immigrant rights and affirmative immigration benefits. Our public education efforts are always free, in Spanish or English, and usually offered in conjunction with other community partners such as social services and government agencies, churches, schools, and law enforcement.

We believe that social change and social justice occur through small acts of service and committed, thoughtful, and respectful conversations about the most hotly contested issues, including immigration. We believe that education is critical to any social change endeavor, and we offer both practical presentations on affirmative immigration benefits as well as experiential learning on immigration-related issues affecting our community.

Contact us today to speak or lead a discussion with your organization.

“People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that.”
― Dorothy Day

October 9, 2015: Poarch Law Stakeholder Meeting: Conversation with the Secretary for the Administration, Commonwealth of Virginia on Working for the State and State Procurement, co-sponsored by Roanoke Spanish and the Roanoke Chamber’s Global Business Owners Committee.
Media Coverage: Somos Virginia

June 4, 2015: Immigration Options for Vulnerable Populations (in Spanish), San Juan El Evangelista Church in Waynesboro, VA. Poarch Law Attorney Rachel Thompson covered Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), U visas and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

June 24, 2015: Cultural Competency Training, provided by Attorney General of Virginia, in conjunction with Poarch Law and Total Action for Progress. EventBrite link

March 17, 2015: Immigration Reform: Moving from Technical Quick Fixes to Adaptive Solutions, Poarch Law Public Education Initiative presentation on leadership challenges in immigration reform, sponsored by Virginia Tech University Libraries, The Cranwell International Center, Latino Association of Student Organizations, Tech DREAMers and Multicultural Programs and Services.

Link to Facebook for flyer

December 4, 2014: Intra-Agency Stakeholder Meeting: Connecting the Immigrant Community with Government Partners. Sponsored by the Poarch Law Public Education Project and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia.

Blog posts

  • Rachel Thompson Receives Federal Bar Association Award - Congratulations to attorney Rachel Thompson for receiving the Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section Younger Lawyer of the Year Award. Rachel was recognized this past weekend in Memphis, Tennessee, during the annual conference for her work with the Younger Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association and her work in immigration law.    
  • Why #ImmigrationAction Fails - Executive orders are either mind-numbingly boring or quintessentially political and divisive. Along this spectrum, a President may act within his constitutional authority or he may stretch the limits of constitutional propriety. In the immigration context, the President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Orders represent a fundamental failure of leadership not just by Congress, or the executive branch, Read More