Roger McCrummen, Managing Attorney and founder of the McCrummen Immigration Law Group first registered Asylum Clinic Kansas City ("ACKC") as a nonprofit organization in the state of Missouri in 2015 after years of struggling with how best to respond to the vast unmet legal needs of asylum seekers in the area. Roger hired Clare Murphy Shaw in 2017 to develop the clinic. She obtained 501(c)(3) status for the organization and secured the two major grants that currently fund the work.
ACKC aims to provide as many free legal consultations as possible to immigrants in the Kansas City community, as well as pro bono representation as capacity permits to diminish the number of people navigating the complex immigration system unaided. The Asylum Clinic Kansas City collaborates with community organizations to ensure we are providing holistic and trauma-informed services to our clients.
ACKC is currently funded principally by two grants that allow it to serve two distinct immigrant populations: the 750 Afghan evacuees who arrived to Western Missouri in Fall of 2021 and unaccompanied minors while detained or post release from the Office of Refugee Resettlement. ACKC is actively pursuing expansion opportunities including fellowship programs, grant funding, pro bono case placement with attorney mentorship, and additional community partnerships.
Three Pillars of Our Work
To increase access to excellent, affordable legal representation for marginalized and underserved immigrants in the Kansas City area through direct representation, pro se assistance, and community partnerships.
All immigrants in our community deserve access to legal representation to seek humanitarian relief, defend themselves against deportation, and reunify with family.