Honoring Immigration Agency

Rep. Joe Crowley recently presented Congressional Citations to immigration advocacy group Ecuadorian International Center (EIC), and Queens-based immigration services provider Solution Docs for their help in securing a humanitarian parole for his constituent, 9/11 clean-up worker Martha Freire. “Martha Freire was there for our country during one of the most difficult times in our history, and I’m proud to see our Jackson Heights community come together for her now,” said Crowley. Freire lived in the U.S. under U nonimmigrant visa status. However, when Freire left the country for Ecuador in 2013 to attend the funeral of one of her daughters, she was not allowed to reenter the U.S. That’s when Freire contacted Solution Docs for help. The Queens-based business, which is located in Crowley’s district, agreed to help her file for humanitarian parole at no cost. Her application was subsequently approved based on the numerous medical conditions she developed as a result of her exposure to hazardous materials during the clean-up effort at the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Crowley is pictured with members of EIC and Solution Docs, and Freire, third from right.

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