Immigration law is complicated. VIDA wants to help.
There are areas in the United States with large immigrant populations, but few free or low cost immigration service providers. VIDA was created to connect these communities with volunteer attorneys who may be able to assist in various immigration matters--particularly representation before the immigration courts, which are often several hours away from underserved areas where immigrants live. VIDA can function because of private attorneys' dedication to the community they serve and their willingness to take pro bono cases for individuals who would not otherwise be able to afford legal representation.
VIDA is an Illinois Nonprofit Corporation whose mission is to expand access to quality pro bono immigration-related legal services in underserved areas of the United States. VIDA was founded in January 2016 and is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. VIDA's initial Board of Directors is made up of three Chicago-based immigration attorneys: Daniel Thomann, Jacob Briskman, and Chris Elmore.
VIDA is entirely volunteer-run, but intends to hire staff attorneys to help implement its projects. Learn more about our projects here.
VIDA's corporate headquarters are located at 216 S. Jefferson St., Suite 101, Chicago, IL 60661.
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