Christian Gallo, JD – LUM Immigration Clinic Director
Christian Gallo is the new director of the LUM Immigration Clinic. He grew up in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina and now lives in Lafayette with his three children. Christian earned his baccalaureate degree from Colegio Champagnat, Master in Laws degree from Indiana University, and JD from Universidad Católica Argentina (Buenos Aires). He has been a member of the Ciudad de Buenos Aires Bar since 1995 and Indiana Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs for more than 10 years. Christian is fluent in four languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian) as well as speaking basic French.
Christian was drawn to LUM because he enjoys helping and advocating for others. He shared that, “Helping people in need is true love to others and God; thus, it becomes goodness for them. We are instruments of God in his salvation plan.” This Bible passage from the Book of 2 Chronicles also guides him in his work, “But as for you, be strong and do not slack off, for there shall be a reward for what you do.“
Christian considers himself an advocate for those in need and is inspired by two quotes. The first is a quote by Socrates, published by Plato, “It is better to suffer an injustice than to commit one.” And the second is from a soliloquy by Cyrano de Bergerac written by Edmond Rostand, “But one cannot fight hoping only for success! No! No: it’s still more sweet if it’s all in vain!” Both remind him that we must act against injustice, strive to be just to others, and know that the work of social justice is never done.
Christian enjoys being with his family and coaching soccer and rugby. In 2007, he was the coach of the Purdue Women’s Rugby team. He is passionate about his work and looks forward to joining the LUM team. He is genuinely impressed with the work being done at LUM, especially with the LUM Immigration Clinic, and plans on building on that success. Please join us in welcoming Christian Gallo to LUM as the new LUM Immigration Clinic director.
A letter from LUM Immigration Clinic Director, Rev. Susan Brouillette
I hope this update finds you healthy and safe.
As many of you know, we just wrapped up the annual fundraiser for the LUM Immigration Clinic, Port of Hope. I am in awe of the amazing generosity of our donors, volunteers, and sponsors. During this season of hope, we give thanks to all of those who helped make the fundraiser successful with their time, talent, and treasure.
The season is also a time to reflect on the past year. Even though COVID has presented real challenges, the LUM Immigration Clinic has remained open, running at full capacity. We continue to work with both new and existing clients as they pursue immigration issues and naturalization. We have shifted our interactions with clients to virtual meetings to maintain both client and staff safety. It is reaffirming, despite all the daily news we all face, to sit down at the end of the day and know that we have been able to assist a client on their path and assure them that they are not alone on their journey.
As we celebrate the love revealed during this holiday season, let us not forget the sacrifices our immigrant brothers and sisters face on a daily basis in these unprecedented times. We frequently see their faces on the frontlines—whether it be construction, medical services, retail, food service, agricultural and janitorial, just to mention a few. They are essential workers now more than ever.
The season also brings the promise of hope. As we look forward to the new year, we are excited about opportunities for growth. We hope you find in this newsletter testament to our accomplishments in the past year and glimpses of good things yet to come for the LUM Immigration Clinic and the people we serve.
The Port of Hope team began re-imagining this important fundraiser months in advance and created a variety of exciting experiences. To create more excitement and get more advocates engaged, there were two additional events that led up to the main event — Who’s That Masked Donor? and the PoH Scavenger Hunt.
A big part of the success of this year’s Port of Hope was due to the generosity of the Sheth Family. Drs. Ketan & Tanuja Sheth have offered a “$30,000 Match Donation.” As an immigrant and the child of immigrants themselves, Ketan and Tanuja understand the importance of quality immigration services being available to those most in need and are passionate about the impact the LUM Immigration Clinic has on our community.
You will enjoy dance, music, and informative discussions and interviews highlighting the efforts of the clinic and the positive impact it has on Greater Lafayette.
The evening will also include an interview with Drs. Ketan and Tanuja Sheth who are offering a “$30,000 Match Donation” in support of the LUM Immigration Clinic. As an immigrant and the child of immigrants themselves, Ketan and Tanuja understand the importance of quality immigration services being available to those most in need and are passionate about the impact the LUM Immigration Clinic has on our community.
All donations to the LUM Immigration Clinic between now and November 30 will be matched by the Sheths. This includes funds raised in conjunction with Port of Hope. Take advantage of this remarkable opportunity to “double your donation” to the LUM Immigration Clinic and increase your impact in helping our immigrant neighbors, thanks to the wonderful generosity of the Sheth family. LUM looks forward to seeing you at the virtual Port of Hope, Thursday, November 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m.!
To take advantage of this Match Program, click the button below.
The LUM Immigration Clinic is also blessed to have as a volunteer Dr. Ileana Cortes Santiago who shares her expertise to foster community and equitability. She describes herself as
“the daughter of agriculture, Puerto Rican home cooking, Spanish verses, and a complex family that I love.”
Dr. Cortes currently assists the LUM Immigration Clinic with its newsletters and social media. Her association with the LUM Immigration Clinic started when she was a Ph.D. student at Purdue studying literacy and language education. Even though she has since moved to the Washington, DC area she still has strong ties to the greater Lafayette community. She is a former communications manager for a national immigration justice non-profit and currently works at an international development agency. Susan Brouillette, the LUM Immigration Clinic director summed it up this way,
“In addition to having a servant’s heart, Ileana is an extremely gifted writer and graphic artist and we are incredibly fortunate that she has chosen to share the gifts of her time and talents with the LUM Immigration Clinic.”
He has helped with outreach, advocacy and education, fundraising, marketing, and communication. When describing the impact that Eli has had on the LUM Immigration Clinic, the director, Susan Brouillette, commented,
“When I think about the future, I know it’s bright because Eli is a part of it. We are truly blessed to have him as part of our team and will miss him dearly when he leaves Purdue.”
The PoHScavenger Huntis THIS SATURDAY (10/17) any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (~90 minute hunt).Players will be led to clues regarding an immigrant or a group of immigrants from Tippecanoe County who have made a significant contribution to the community or world. Individuals & teams (student, adult and family categories) who successfully complete the scavenger hunt first will be declared winners.
PoH Scavenger Hunt Fees
$25 for teams of up to 5 people
$15 for individuals/nonstudents
$7 for students
$10 for T-shirt
Prizes – awarded to the following groups:
Student | Adult | Virtual Player |
Adult Team | College Team | Family Team | Best Team Name |
Pickup: TOMORROW (Friday, October 16) from 4 – 6 p.m.
Race Packets includes T-shirts ($10 extra charge each), Scavenger Hunt Map, Coupons (redeemable for a free small cone, appetizer, 1/2 price, etc.)
To create more excitement and get more advocates engaged, there are two additional events planned this year — Who’s That Masked Donor? (now through Thursday, November 5) and the the 5th annual LUM Port of Hopefundraising event for the LUM Immigration Clinic. Due to COVID-19, Port of Hope is going to be a “virtual experience” on Thursday, November 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. EST.
Planning for the 5th annual LUM Port of Hopefundraising event for the LUM Immigration Clinic is well under way. Due to COVID-19, Port of Hope is going to be a “virtual experience” on Thursday, November 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. EST.
To create more excitement and get more advocates engaged, there are two additional events planned this year — Who’s That Masked Donor? (now through Thursday, November 5) and the PoH Scavenger Hunt (Saturday, October 17). To learn more about these exciting programs supporting the LUM Immigration Clinic, go to lumserve.org/port-of-hope.
Who’s That Masked Donor? is a fundraiser using social media with the purpose of challenging friends, family, colleagues, and/or fellow organizations to support immigrants on the front lines of the response to COVID 19 by giving to the LUM Immigration Clinic.
Now through Thursday, November 5
What Can You Do?
Get your friends and family involved. Make it collaborative! Donate to the LUM Immigration Clinic, and challenge others to do so as well. We need your help to show them our support during this particularly vulnerable time.
Don your favorite mask or one that you create. Have fun & get creative!
Make a sign that supports immigrants — along the lines of “I support LUM Immigration Clinic”
Take a Photo & post it on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram using #LUMPOH
Encourage others to do the same
Text LUMPOH to 41444 to donate -OR- click the button below to donate online.
Please also save the date for two other Immigration Clinic fundraisers — the Port of Hope virtual experience (Thursday, November 5) and Scavenger Hunt (Saturday, October 17). For more information on these Immigration Clinic events, click HERE.
LUM is thrilled to announce that Drs.Tanuja & Ketan Sheth (pictured) are offering a “$30,000 Match Donation” challenge in support of the LUM Immigration Clinic. Take advantage of this remarkable opportunity to “double your donation” to LUM and increase your impact in helping our immigrant neighbors, thanks to the wonderful generosity of the Sheth family.
Here is how it works: make a donation to the LUM Immigration Clinic by Monday, November 30 and Drs. Ketan & Tanuja Sheth will match all donations up to $30,000! As an immigrant and the child of immigrants themselves, Ketan and Tanuja understand the importance of quality immigration services being available to those most in need and are passionate about the impact the LUM Immigration Clinic has on our community.
All money goes to support local legal immigration services through the LUM Immigration Clinic, which in 2019 helped 256 individuals with immigration and naturalization processes, providing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of certified legal counsel. The effect of this assistance has been nothing short of life-changing to those immigrants who receive it.
One person recently wrote to LUM stating, “It’s hard to put into words the impact your help has made in our lives… Since obtaining [the LUM Immigration Clinic’s] help with our immigration process, my husband was able to obtain his work permit and his income has helped me out with my family and school debt. I no longer have to work two or three jobs. I no longer have to miss important family moments. I no longer have to choose work over my health… We would not be where we are today without your help.”
Please seize this wonderful chance to double your financial impact in assisting our neighbors. Thank you to Drs. Ketan and Tanuja Sheth for their generosity and challenge, and thanks in advance for any financial support you choose to give.
To take advantage of this Match Program, click the button below.