Dear Friends of Keep Tucson Together (KTT),
Keep Tucson Together (KTT) is a community-based pro bono legal clinic created in 2010 to provide legal representation for persons in Tucson and southern Arizona in deportation proceedings, who rarely can afford to retain counsel. KTT also processes applications for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), naturalization/ citizenship, and other forms of immigration administrative relief.
Hundreds of community members have volunteered over the years to assist our undocumented neighbors including:
KTT volunteers have prepared applications that have resulted in over 2,000 people becoming naturalized American citizens and registered voters;
KTT has successfully processed (including periodic renewals) DACA applications for 1,975 individuals, giving these young people the ability to work, continue their studies, and thrive; and
KTT currently has 1,770 cases pending in various Immigration Courts, primarily in Tucson but also in detention facility courts in and out of Arizona, including 117 cases pending at the Board of Immigration appeals and 28 cases pending appeal at the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Keep Tucson Together has for years hosted a legal clinic at Pueblo High School in Tucson every Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7:00pm. That became impossible during the Covid pandemic due to public health regulations. However, the KTT Legal Clinic on Thursday evenings has now reopened! The clinic is an amazing gathering of community members seeking legal support, volunteers from the community, KTT staff, and pro bono lawyers. The community-based work continues!
We are proud of the work KTT has done over the years and we are thankful for the hundreds of volunteers and supporters who make the work of Keep Tucson Together a reality. Adelante!
However, we are writing to you to ask for your financial support for the vital work of KTT. With your support, KTT will continue to provide the free legal services to our undocumented neighbors and fulfill its mission of keeping Tucson families together into 2023.
We are pleased to announce that as of September 2022, Keep Tucson Together is now under the fiscal sponsorship of St. Mark's Presbyterian Church of Tucson. As such, KTT will be accountable to the polity of St. Mark's Church and a Keep Tucson Together steering committee.
We are asking you to make a generous contribution to the work of the KTT legal clinic. You may donate your support in the following ways:
1. Checks may be sent to St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 3809 E. 3rd Street, Tucson, AZ 85716. Please put Keep Tucson Together on the memo line and mail your check in the enclosed envelope.
2. You may donate electronically by going to https://www.stmarksaz.org/give/ and follow the prompts. Please indicate KTT on your online gift.
Thank you for your generosity and your continued support. We cannot do our vital work without you and our community of supporters.
Legal Counsel, Keep Tucson Together
Rev. Bart Smith
Pastor, St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church
and the Keep Tucson Together (KTT) Steering Committee: Rev. Bart Smith, Rev. John Fife, Gwyn Roske, Ed McCullough, Jim Marx, Zulema Martinez, Sarah Roberts, Laura Guerrero Forero, Enrique Villalba Biarco, Andy Silverman, and Dorothy Chao