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New American helps future new Americans: an FNA guest post

Guest blog post for Florida New Americans by Renata Castro.

Renata Castro and FLIC

I don’t know if it was the fever from the flu that was about to take over me, or my sheer excitement of being part of something greater, but as a law student at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad School of Law, and as a board member of the Immigration Law Organization at NSU Law, I was truly humbled by this amazing opportunity to volunteer at one of FLIC’s Citizenship drives.

When you become a law student, the process of studying law and memorizing an inhuman amount of rules, laws, and codes, can make you jaded about the profession and challenge your conviction on how much you can really help with a law degree.

Renata and Isabel, FNA volunteers

 

As a participant in FLIC’s citizenship clinic, I got “feverish” (I could not resist the take on words) about the positive impact a passionate and qualified immigration lawyer can have in their community. I felt honored as many individuals sat in front on me, and trusted me with their questions, and with their lives.

More humbling was the fact that they trusted me, my almost done legal training, our supervising attorneys, and the staff at FLIC, with being a part of each individual’s American Dream.  I should know. A little over two years ago, I became a US citizen myself.  It was a life-changing turning point in my life, and I couldn’t help feeling ecstatic about sharing the beginning of this moment with others.

FNA with State Representative Gwyn Clarke-ReedI also got the chance to meet with other community leaders, such as State Representative Gwyn Clarke-Reed, and the president of the Brazilian American Democratic Club, Isabel dos Santos, as well as the amazing staff at FLIC, Amber, Diana, Krystina.

I am looking forward to being a volunteer in the upcoming citizenship clinic on April 20th, and, hopefully, my fever this time will only be for the immigration cause!