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Corie O’Rourke is the Managing Attorney of Children’s Legal Services at Ayuda. She manages our detained immigrant children’s work and supervises a team of attorneys and paralegals who provide direct representation to immigrants in both affirmative and defensive humanitarian and family-based immigration cases. Corie serves on the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA) Board of Publications and has contributed to publications on a wide range of immigration topics.

Corie received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, as well as her bachelor’s degree in international studies cum laude and master’s degree in international studies from the University of Oklahoma College of International Studies. Corie speaks Spanish and is licensed to practice law in Virginia. She began her legal career as a Gallogly Foundation Fellow at Ayuda in 2016 and later served as a staff attorney and supervising attorney before becoming a managing attorney.

Ayuda's Response to Busing of Migrants

Since April 2022, Ayuda has been working to help coordinate the humanitarian response as the governors of Texas and Arizona continue to send thousands of migrants on buses to Washington, D.C.

We are providing culturally and linguistically specific legal, social and language access services to newly arriving migrants. These services include case management and intake support, interpretation, as well as the provision of food, clothing, hygiene kits, prepaid cell phones, medical supplies, and paid shelter.

Our legal team is providing individualized legal orientations for migrants explaining the immigration system and helping them be aware of their rights and responsibilities.  

“Immigrants are first and foremost, human beings. They deserve respect and compassion, and Ayuda will continue to do what we do best – provide holistic support to those in need in our communities.” - Paula Fitzgerald, Executive Director

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