About the Event
Holy Cross Ministries hosted a luncheon on Thursday, May 31, 2018 to recognize instrumental individuals in the legal community who share HCM's vision for just, compassionate, sustainable, and inclusive communities. In honor of Sister Kathleen Moroney's tremendous contributions to the legal community through her work in founding the Legal Immigration Department at Holy Cross Ministries and providing legal immigration services, Holy Cross recognized key members of the immigration legal community who exemplify her commitment to justice through three awards.
HELP SUPPORT THE LEGAL IMMIGRATION PROGRAM
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help support Holy Cross Ministries' work in the Legal Immigration Program that was founded by Sister Kathleen Moroney in 2000.
Philanthropic Firm of the Year Award Recipient
Gonzalez Law, USA
Gonzalez Law U.S.A. is an immigration law firm based in Salt Lake City with attorneys licensed in Utah, California, and Wisconsin. In 2015 Gonzalez Law became an active part of the developing “low bono” program at Holy Cross Ministries. Without hesitation the firm offered their services to help victims who might qualify for immigration benefits for a minimum cost and sometimes at no charge. Marlene F. Gonzalez, founder and owner of the law firm, has first-hand experience with the Immigration process. She was born in the Philippines and migrated to the U.S. with her family at the age of 12. She has compassion for other immigrants and enjoys helping them. Her firm has been an instrumental partner in meeting the needs of the underserved populations of our community.
Innovative Agency of the Year Award Recipient
COMUNIDADES UNIDAS / COMMUNITIES UNITED (CU)
CU is a community-based organization with the mission to empower Latinxs to recognize and achieve their own potential and be a positive force for change in the larger community. Our vision is that every Latinx in Utah becomes healthy, self-sufficient, and active member of the community. Founded in 1999 by a group of Latina women, CU is now at the forefront of the immigrant rights movement in the state of Utah and currently provides direct services to more than 5,000 individuals per year while maintaining a grassroots connection with our community.
Moroney Legal Service Award Recipient
Alyssa Williams is the Immigration Program Manager and Senior Attorney at Catholic Community Services (CCS) of Utah. Alyssa is a graduate of the S.J. Quinney College of law, a native of Utah who grew up in Kearns and attended Utah State for undergraduate school. While in law school she interned at both The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and CCS. With her deep knowledge of the citizenship process, Alyssa also created a partnership between CCS and English Skills Learning Center to bid and receive one of the first USCIS citizenship grants awarded nationally, which has helped CCS triple the immigration program’s immigration client base. Alyssa also helped make sure that the CCS program was ready and willing to respond to the release of the DACA program and stay affordable enough to make sure that DACA clients always have a place to turn for trusted information and application assistance. With over a decade of experience, Alyssa truly exemplifies Sister Kathleen’s mission of service and dedication to immigrants.