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First LUM Client to Become Naturalized

First LUM Client to be Naturalized at Lafayette Ceremony on Friday


Rafaela Lopez, the first naturalization client to be assisted by the LUM Immigration Clinic will be sworn in as a US Citizen at the West Layette oath ceremony this Friday (September 4) in conjunction with Global Fest.  

Details are as follows:

  • Friday, September 4
  • 3 – 5 p.m.
  • Burtsfield Auditorium, 1800 N Salisbury Street, West Lafayette

Commenting on the momentous occasion after opening the immigration clinic a little more than a year ago, Joe Micon, Executive Director of Lafayette Urban Ministry, stated “I am so pleased that LUM has been able to help our first citizenship applicant legally navigate the immigration bureaucracy.  We welcome her with open arms as a fellow citizen to the ‘home of the brave and the land of the free.’”

When asked about the services she received from LUM,  Rafaela Lopez said “I was impressed with how fast my application was processed.  We received answers very quickly.  Without LUM’s help it would not have been possible to be where I am now.  Susan Brouillette was my guardian angel.”

The LUM Immigration Clinic helps low-income and vulnerable immigrants by providing a range of services such as determining eligibility for immigration benefits, answering questions, assisting clients file immigration forms, shepherding applications through the adjudications process, and connecting clients to other services.   LUM is an authorized immigration service provider and is recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals.  Its director Susan Brouillette is accredited by the BIA.  LUM is also a  member of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC).

Persons interested in finding out more about the services offered by the LUM immigration program may visit the website (www.lumserve.org/immigration-clinic) or contact Susan Brouillette by email at sbrouillette@lumserve.org or by phone at (765) 423-2691.  


Susan Brouillette
LUM Public Policy Director
(765) 714-7622

Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry
(765) 423-2691




LUM Offers Citizenship Classes

The LUM Immigration Clinic has teamed upCitizenshipClasses with the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy to offer FREE citizenship classes beginning on Tuesday, August 25th for persons interested in learning more about US history and government.

Details are as follows:

  • Five-week session—August 25 – September 24
  • Tuesday and Thursday evenings
  • 6:30 – 8:00 pm.
  • LARA, 1100 Elizabeth Street, Lafayette

While the class is geared toward preparing permanent residents for the naturalization exam, anyone is welcome to attend.

Volunteer Opportunities—LUM Immigration Clinic—Citizenship Classes

LUM Immigration Clinic is seeking additional volunteers to help pass out materials, engage students regarding discussion topics, and review vocabulary & civics questions in preparation for the naturalization interview. LUM is also seeking individuals/groups who might be willing to interact with students to provide refreshments during one or more of the classes. This is a great opportunity for church or civic groups to learn more about the naturalization process and to meet future citizens. Finally volunteers are needed to teach the next five-week session of classes which is tentatively scheduled to begin in October 2015. If interested you’re encouraged to attend and observe one of the August-September classes.

Please call or email Susan Brouillette if you have any questions or would like more information about the classes or any of the volunteer opportunities (765-423.2691 | sbroullette@lumserve.org).

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