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THE BEGINNINGS...
In 2013, a diverse group of Wesleyan leaders and pastors gathered to discuss ways to build relationships with and serve immigrants and refugees in their local communities around the United States.  At that first gathering, it was affirmed that immigration is an issue, but immigrants are people and Jesus’ love compels Wesleyans to act as agents of Spirit-filled outreach and hospitality to all.  Rather than wait for much needed immigration reform, it was decided to launch a grassroots network that would launch Department of Justice recognized immigration legal services offices and provide low cost legal services to immigrants and refugees in local communities across the country.  

THE LEGAL NETWORK...
The first Immigrant Connection site launched in February 2014.  Since that time, Immigrant Connection has launched 22 DOJ recognized immigration legal services offices all hosted in local churches.  Our Immigrant Connection leaders have trained over 200 other leaders and annually hosts a conference for church-based immigration legal services offices.  The Immigrant Connection legal network has served over 10,000 immigrant families and filed over 4800 cases.  The work of Immigrant Connection has been featured in numerous national and local publications, including: The Leadership Journal, The Washington Post, World Magazine, Welcoming The Stranger, There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration, Seeking Refuge on the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis,  and Advocating for Justice: An Evangelical Vision for Transforming Systems and Structures.

EVERY CHURCH TAKING FIRST AND NEXT STEPS...
While our desire is to continue to build capacity and launch more church-based immigration legal services offices, we also want to help every church and every community learn ways to welcome and connect with immigrants and refugees.  To this end Immigrant Connection both shares and creates resources as well as convening gatherings and events for individuals and churches to learn, connect, and welcome immigrants in their communities.

Click here for Immigrant Connection Annual Report - 2014-2019

Zach
Szmara

National Director

Zach Szmara is the National Director of Immigrant Connection.  He has been a Department of Justice accredited legal representative since 2014 and has served over 2100 immigrants from 100+ nations in the 6 years he has led his local Immigrant Connection site.  He also serves as the pastor of The Bridge Community Church – a multilingual, multicultural, multiethnic church in Logansport, Indiana.  He has spoken nationally on the topic of immigration, diaspora, multi-cultural/multi-ethnic diversity, and holistic outreach to immigrants and refugees.  He is married to Lyndy, a special education administrator, and they have one son, Isaac.

Immigrant Connection

Physical

301 E Linden Ave
Logansport, IN  46947

Call for appointment / Llamada para cita

Tuesday / Martes - 9 am - 5 pm
Wednesday / Miércoles - 12 - 7 pm
Thursday / Jueves - 9 am - 5 pm

Mail

Immigrant Connection
P.O. Box 50434
Indianapolis, Indiana 46250 USA

Phone

Mon–Fri
10 am–4:00 pm EST
317-210-3173

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