OUR HISTORY AND MISSION

The Borromeo Legal Project is an all-volunteer organization. Our volunteers are not compensated in any way for their work. We do our work in the spirit of service to others. Many of our volunteers are Roman Catholic, but all are welcome to take part in our work.

The Borromeo Legal Project was founded in 2008 by the late Fr. Gerry Creedon, who was, at that time, Pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Arlington, Virginia. Fr. Creedon called together leaders in the field of immigration from the Arlington community to  see if there was a need that his Parish could fill.  As a result of this meeting, and subsequent gatherings,  the Borromeo Legal Project came to be.  Laymen and laywomen at St. Charles, including Philip M. Keating, also contributed important organizational and financial backing to the new organization. Although Fr. Creedon passed away in 2017, his legacy lives on in the work that is being done by the Borromeo Legal Project. 

It is our belief that helping lawful permanent residents become U.S. Citizens is a meaningful way in which the St. Charles Borromeo Church community can show its support for our immigrant neighbors. Barriers to naturalization can include one or more of the following: lack of awareness of the requirements; insufficient fluency in English; inability to afford the $725 application fee to the Department of Homeland Security, lack of access to competent legal advice; and lack of familiarity with the mechanics of filing immigration applications. We are here to help applicants overcome all of those barriers.

Our program is not for everyone. To qualify, applicants must meet the government's eligibility requirements for naturalization, and must complete a one-page application explaining why they want to become U.S. citizens. We also ensure that our donated funds and volunteer resources are directed to applicants of limited means.

OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

Jo-Ann Duggan

President

 

Ms. Duggan is Director of Outreach at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Reston, Virginia, and a founding member of the Borromeo Legal Project.

Mark Monaco

Treasurer

 

Mr. Monaco is the founder of a boutique immigration law practice in Annandale, Virginia. He is also one of the founding members of the Borromeo Legal Project.

Rachel Van Wormer

Vice-President

 

Ms. Van Wormer is the founder of Van Wormer Law LLC and an experienced immigration attorney. 

Teresa Reyes

Director, Tutoring

 

Ms. Reyes is Director of Hispanic Ministry at St. Charles Borromeo Church and oversees English tutoring at Borromeo Legal Project.

James Montana

Secretary

 

Mr. Montana is an immigration attorney and founder of Steelyard LLC, an immigration law firm. He also enjoys volunteering with the Diocese of Arlington Work Camp.

St. Charles Borromeo

Saint, Board Member Ex Officio

St. Charles Borromeo was born at Milan in 1538. He devoted his life to Catholic education, works of charity, and the maintenance of the finest nose in Italy. 

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