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Kathy Purnell, Staff Attorney

Kathy has over two decades of combined experience as an attorney, professor, and nonprofit administrator. Her legal experience has been developed through many organizations including Legal Aid of Western Michigan, The National Immigrant Justice Center, and as a Sullivan Human Rights Fellow of the International Human Rights Law Institute. She currently serves on the Michigan State Bar’s Bar Journal Committee, and had served on the advisory board for the Journal of College and University Law.

“I do this work to ensure that our laws and legal processes affirm our human dignity, secure our freedoms, and equitably support all persons who want to pursue the American Dream.’

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Coral Cervantes, Legal Assistant

Coral has a background in community-based organizing and political activism surrounding the issues of immigration and human rights. As an undergraduate, she studied psychology and religion at Kalamazoo College. She is presently enrolled in the Comparative Religion M.A. program and Spirituality, Health, and Culture certificate program at Western Michigan University. Currently, her research focuses on faith- based organizations that provide immigration legal services to immigrant and refugee communities in Southwest Michigan.

“Every person deserves to receive immigration legal services, with dignity and respect, in order to attain permanent protection while living as our neighbors within the United States.’



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212 South Park Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm
by appointment only
(Hours subject to change)

Languages Spoken by Staff/Volunteers

  • English

  • Spanish

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