About Us

 

The Immigration Alliance is a national, collaborative effort that equips churches to provide critical legal services to under-resourced immigrants.

The Immigration Alliance’s affiliated churches provide fair, trustworthy immigration legal counsel including:

  • low-cost legal counseling on immigration-related matters;
  • support in determining eligibility for benefits;
  • assistance in preparing applications for legal immigration status;
  • immigration support to victims of crime and domestic violence; and
  • assistance in reuniting families.

Currently 17 church-based organizations, 30,000 churches and 33 sites strong, The Immigration Alliance is committed to dramatically multiplying the number of sites across the country providing low-cost, high-quality immigrant legal services over the next three years.

The Immigration Alliance provides local churches with best-in-class training to prepare churches to serve immigrants, coordinates and oversees efforts to ensure quality and consistency, and shares resources to maximize our effectiveness and reach.

Rev. Blaine Dereck — Executive Director

Blaine has 3 plus decades of experiences as a Pastor throughout the United States in multiple roles from staff positions to solo pastorate. He graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University. Married for 39 years to Lynnette he is the father of two adult children, grand-father of 6 very active grandkids.

He continues to serve as the Executive Director of Oasis Ministries of Colorado Springs, CO a non-profit, start-up ministry in partnership with Immigrant Hope seeking to establish a low-cost immigration legal services center at a local Church. Founded in 2015 Oasis is pursuing their accreditation hoping to provide services in the fall of 2017. He and the local team in Colorado Springs know firsthand the great need the community is experiencing and the backlog many immigrants are facing.

He served as the associate pastor for three years, responsible for immigration ministries at Mosaic Church of Aurora, CO which is a multi-ethnic congregation in a neighborhood that has over 109 different languages spoken with a 2 mile radius of the church. This experience kindled a passion and concern for the Stranger Among Us.

His desire is to use his God given talents of relational capacity, networking skills, and a thirst for people development to the task of seeing The Immigration Alliance advance its mission of helping churches and non-profits accomplish the task of aiding the immigrant community with quality low-cost legal services.

Gus Haddad — Chairman of the Board

L. Gus Haddad is a First generation El Pasoan whose parents immigrated from Syria in the early 1900’s. Gus is engaged in Real Estate Lending, Development and Investment, through several companies under the banner of The Haddad Group. Gus’ home church is St. Clement’s Anglican where he has served on several Vestries (church Board of Trustees), including Junior (Vice-Chairman) and Senior Warden (Chairman), St. Clement’s Parish School Board of Trustees President, Chairman of the Stewardship committee, Property committee, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Acolyte Master, Ushers chairman, Lay Reader, Prayer Team, Intercessor, Stephen’s Minister, as well as many others. Currently serving on the Standing Committee of the Diocese of the Southwest, (governing body of the Diocese) as well as the Provincial Council of the Anglican Church in North America, (governing body of the Anglican Church in North America).

Board of Directors

  • Gus Haddad, Chair, Executive Committee, Anglican Church in North America
  • Cecilia Williams, Vice Chair, Director of the Department of Compassion, Mercy and Justice for the Evangelical Covenant Church
  • Larry Roberts, Treasurer, Chief Operating Officer of Free Methodist Church USA
  • Rev. Rosilio Roman, Secretary, Board Member, Assistant Vice President of Church Ministries of the Christian and Missionary Alliance
  • Rev. Dr. Alejandro Mandes, Board Member, Executive Director of All People Ministry of The Evangelical Free Church of America
  • Dennis Rivera, Director of the Office of Hispanic Relations of Assemblies of God
  • Rev. Dr. Roberto Hodgson, USA/Canada Multicultural Ministries Director of the Church of the Nazarene
  • Rev. Jonathan Santiago, Board Member, Evangelism and Partnerships Director of the Baptist Convention of New York
  • Zachary Szmara, National Director, Immigrant Connection (The Wesleyan Church)
  • Rev. Noel Castellanos, Board Member, Chief Executive Officer of Christian Community Development Association
  • Dr. Remi Lawanson, Ph.D., Board Member, Member of the Board of Directors of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel
  • Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero, Board Member, President of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition
  • Rev. Jimmy Santiago, Board Member, Director of Hispanic Ministries for the Central Region of the Missionary Church
  • Rev. Althea C. Taylor, At-Large Board Member, Executive Pastor for Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene

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