LEGAL IMMIGRATION PROGRAM

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Holy Cross Ministries is dedicated to helping immigrant families participate in the community and gain self-sufficiency. Recognizing that there are limited accessible resources for low-income families in Utah, The Legal Immigration Program operates Utah’s first and largest U visa program for victims of crime and has helped over 10,000 men, women and children gain some type of legal status since opening in 2000.

HCM'S LEGAL IMMIGRATION PROGRAM OFFERS THE FOLLOWING SERVICES
  • Consultations
  • Legal support for immigrant victims of violence*
  • Support for humanitarian and temporary status applicants
  • Family reunification assistance
  • Citizenship services
    • HCM currently has funding to assist Salt Lake County residents with the naturalization process free of charge. If you feel you are eligible, please contact us.
PROGRAM HOURS AND LOCATION

Services are offered BY APPOINTMENT ONLY at HCM’s Salt Lake City offices. To schedule an appointment, please call HCM’s Client Support Specialist (801-261-3440). Because the line is often very busy, it is important to leave a message with your contact information and reason for your call.

The Legal Immigration Program is located in Holy Cross Ministries’ offices at

860 East 4500 South, Suite 204
Salt Lake City, UT 84107

HCM’s legal team also offers free, walk-in consultations at the Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City every Monday from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at

660 200 East, Suite 300
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

UTAH IMMIGRATION COLLABORATIVE (UIC)

Holy Cross Ministries is a proud affiliate of the Utah Immigration Collaborative (UIC) along with Catholic Community Services of Utah, Comunidades Unidas, Immigrant Legal Services and The International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City. Launched on May 1, 2020, the UIC established a centralized, language-accessible legal helpline to better coordinate services by screening and referring inquiries to the appropriate agency.

The UIC phone helpline is now live at 801.382.9027 and available Mondays through Thursdays during regular business hours. Voicemails received outside of hours of operation will be responded to promptly the next business day.

HELP SUPPORT OUR FAMILIES

Holy Cross Ministries works to ensure that everyone is able to participate fully in this community. Many individuals and their families face barriers such as language, culture, abuse, and location. Your support helps us continue offering low-cost services to a critically under-served population.

AUGUST 2020 DACA UPDATE:

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is still not accepting new applications to participate in the DACA program. After the June 18 Supreme Court decision, DACA advocates expected the USCIS to review new applications. But USCIS is not willing to take action and the legal battle over DACA continues every day.

On July 28, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf issued a new memorandum directing the DHS to reject new and pending DACA applications. This memo also shortened the length of DACA renewals and work authorizations to one-year periods instead of two-year periods and indicated that USCIS will reject all new and pending requests for advanced parole, except under exceptional circumstances.

Due to recent developments, including Acting Secretary Wolf’s memorandum, Holy Cross Ministries (HCM) will not be filing new applications for DACA on behalf of our clients at this time because such applications will be rejected. However, HCM continues to prepare applications to renew DACA designations and related employment authorization cards, and we encourage these renewals. While the Wolf memorandum makes the program more inconvenient because of yearly renewals, we believe it is in our clients’ best interest to maintain their DACA status. Please stay tuned to HCM’s website and social media for future DACA updates.

LEGAL IMMIGRATION PROGRAM STAFF

Holy Cross Ministries
Maribel Real
Immigration Services Manager
385-257-2437
mreal@hcmutah.org
Holy Cross Ministries
Jessica Lerma
Paralegal
385-257-2438
jlerma@hcmutah.org
Holy Cross Ministries
Teresa González
Legal Representative
385-257-2439
tgonzalez@hcmutah.org
Holy Cross Ministries
Lorena Cardenas
Legal Assistant
385-257-2433
lcardenas@hcmutah.org
Holy Cross Ministries
Ingrid Golon
Legal Representative
385-257-2383
igolon@hcmutah.org
Holy Cross Ministries
Samantha Torralba
Legal Assistant
385-237-0372
storralba@hcmutah.org
Holy Cross Ministries
Lorina Tester
Director of Immigration Programs, Senior Attorney
385-257-2453
ltester@hcmutah.org

*71% of programming ($175,000 per year) for victims of crime is made possible by federal funds through the Utah Office for Victims of Crime. 

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