Tulsa Immigrant Resource Network (TIRN)

Since May 2008, with the generous support of the George Kaiser Family Foundation, the Boesche Legal Clinic has provided expanded legal services to the Tulsa immigrant community through the Tulsa Immigrant Resource Network (TIRN). 

TIRN is a service oriented program, designed to reach broadly to many members of the non-citizen community in the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood, and beyond.   TIRN complements the work of the Immigrant Rights Project, a clinical education program for second and third year students of TU College of Law, by focusing its efforts on three primary goals: 

  1. Creating and training a network of local attorneys to provide pro bono representation to vulnerable immigrants; 
  2. Educating the community, especially the immigrant community, on legal rights and immigration remedies; and
  3. Offering direct representation to immigrants, including those in removal proceedings, in the Kendall-Whittier and surrounding neighborhoods.

TIRN is working to meet these goals through the following activities:

  • Providing legal representation in immigration matters to vulnerable immigrants in the Tulsa community;
  • Providing continuing legal education programs on immigration law and practice to the private bar of Tulsa as part of the pro bono attorney network;
  • Coordination with community organizations in providing training and education to their staff and their immigrant clients on legal immigration issues;
  • Training and education to domestic violence victim advocates on available legal immigration status for immigrant victims of domestic violence;
  • Advanced legal training and technical assistance to Tulsa non-profit immigration service providers on legal and procedural issues involved in representing immigrants; and
  • Conducting Know Your Rights presentations to the immigrant detained population at the Tulsa County Jail, which is currently one of only two detention facilities used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in all of Oklahoma.

Contact:
Boesche Legal Clinic
918.631.5799

ANNOUNCEMENT:

If you are a recent TU Law School graduate, you are invited to apply for the TIRN Fellowship that begins this Fall.   The TIRN Fellowship is a full-time, paid, two-year attorney position.  The fellow will have the opportunity to take the lead on complicated immigration matters and have direct client interaction.  The fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in networking and training pro bono attorneys in the Tulsa community, a great chance for recent law graduates to build their own networks, and participate in outreach and education to the greater Tulsa community.  TIRN will provide structured supervision, training and mentoring on substantive law, practice skills, outreach, legal education for non-lawyers and working with non-legal issues that arise in immigration cases.   If you are interested, you can click on the link to the application here.  Please read the announcement carefully regarding the requirements for the Fellowship and the required application procedures.  If you have any questions, please contact me at the email listed below.   Thanks.  

Miriam H. Marton (Mimi), Director, TIRN, mimi-marton@utulsa.edu