El Camino (The Path) is a technology information service (e.g., a web based app for a smartphone, tablet or PC) providing legal assistance and instructional services for Southwest Florida’s immigrant residents to pursue employment and legal permanent residency. This app will help close the justice gap in Southwest Florida – the difficulty of connecting those who live in far flung communities with the few nonprofit immigration attorneys available for consultation.
The region is home to many documented and undocumented immigrants, particularly from Central and Latin American countries. In the five counties that comprise the region, only two are served by legal aid offices that provide immigration legal services. Private attorneys are available but may be too expensive for many immigrants. Without guidance, too many resort to predatory “notarios” or immigration consultants, costing them hundreds and even thousands of dollars without receiving the services they purchased.