Charlotte Alvarez, executive director of the Immigration Project, spends a majority of her time dealing with the consequences of immigration reform on her clients and community. She lives in Bloomington-Normal and splits her time working in the Normal, Champaign, and other satellite offices throughout the state. In addition to immigration, Alvarez is concerned with raising her child bilingually and biculturally. She wants her daughter to grow up being able to communicate with her paternal grandparents and to feel comfortable with both sides of her heritage. Her organization, the Immigration Project works in central and southern Illinois to provide legal services to the immigrant population, including assisting immigrant victims of violence and those navigating the immigration system.



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