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File #: 1558-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 6/9/2021 In control: Criminal Justice & Judiciary Committee
On agenda: 6/14/2021 Final action: 6/18/2021
Title: To authorize the City Clerk to enter into a grant agreement with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. for the purpose of providing legal services for immigrant and refugee families in relation to Columbus Families Together Fund; to authorize an appropriation and expenditure within the Public Safety Initiatives subfund; and to declare an emergency. ($300,000.00)
Sponsors: Shayla Favor
Attachments: 1. 1558-2021
Explanation

This ordinance authorizes the City Clerk to enter into a grant agreement with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. for the purpose of providing legal services for immigrant and refugee families in Central Ohio.
Columbus City Council established the Columbus Families Together Fund (CFTF) in 2017 to protect immigrant and refugee families in Central Ohio from the long-term financial and emotional devastation that results from aggressive deportation. The CFTF will provide $375,000.00 total over three years to organizations that meet specified legal services needs within the immigrant and refugee communities, with $375,000.00 allocated by the City of Columbus.
The Columbus City Council solicited proposals from nonprofit legal service providers in the Central Ohio area to receive a grant of $300,000.00 from CFTF to provide a Legal Orientation Program (LOP) to educate detained persons on their rights under immigration law and also to provide direct legal representation to detained immigrants in removal proceedings in the Cleveland Immigration Court in Cleveland, Ohio, for those persons who meet the program’s eligibility criteria.
One grant application was received for the LOP & Direct Legal Representation Grant. A review committee of five immigration experts reviewed the grant application and recommended that Columbus City Council award the LOP & Direct Legal Representation Grant of $300,000.00 to Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc.
Fiscal Impact: Funding is available within the Public Safety Initiatives subfund.
Emergency action is requested in order to immediately provide resources to Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. to avoid any delay in the provision of necessary legal services for the immigrant and refugee communities.
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To authorize the City Clerk to enter into a grant agreement with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. for the purpose of providing legal services for immigrant and refugee families in relation to Columbus Fami...

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