Catholic Legal Services Gala 2023

Friday, October 27, 2023 at 6:30 pm at the DoubleTree Grand Biscayne Bay

Hosted by
The Most Rev. Thomas G. Wenski, Archbishop of Miami

Celebrating 25 years of Service

We are excited to invite you to our organization's 25th anniversary gala, which will be held on October 27, 2023 at the DoubleTree Grand Biscayne Bay. We hope that you will join us for this special occasion and help us celebrate our achievements over the past 25 years.

Throughout our history, our organization has been committed to making a positive impact in the community through helping poor immigrants obtain asylum, establish legal residency, become citizens, reunite families and understand immigration law and policies by providing public education. As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we are looking forward to an evening of celebration, recognition, and gratitude. We will be honoring our founders and recognizing the individuals and organizations that have played a vital role in our success.

Thank you for your ongoing support, and we hope to see you at our 25th anniversary gala.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Catholic Legal Services of the Archdiocese of Miami is a 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law. Current tax laws require CCLS to inform you that your federal income tax deduction for this gift is the amount of your contribution less the value of benefits received. Please consult a tax advisor if you have questions about charitable tax deductibility.


Catholic Legal Services, (CLS) is a nationally recognized agency whose mission is to provide professional legal services to those who come from foreign lands and lack sufficient means to obtain representation. Without regard to faith, national origin, defining characteristics, or beliefs, CLS's team of experienced attorneys and immigration professionals have been providing free and low-cost legal services to needy immigrants for more than two decades.

Independently incorporated on January 8, 1998, CLS has since grown into one of the most active nonprofit providers of immigration legal services in the State of Florida, serving refugees and immigrants from around the world. The staff of CLS reflect the diversity of language and culture of the individuals they serve.

More than 3000 people pour into CLS's offices each month. Ranging from two months old to 104 years of age, these individuals confront a complex immigration law system and a confusing bureaucracy. Many have unhealed wounds from a painful past, only to encounter bigotry and barriers as they adjust to a new culture and way of life. Many often face an uncertain future. But each is welcomed at either one of our locations in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, where they are warmly welcomed by our staff of 69, including 31 attorneys and 5 accredited representatives.*

Some simply wish to reunite with their families, many of whom were separated at the border. Most are political and religious refugees seeking safety and security, many of whom have experienced persecution and torture. Many are battered spouses and their children or other victims of crime, seeking to rebuild peaceful and safe lives. We support religious workers seeking to minister to religious communities in the U.S., and we defend long-term residents of the United States with significant family and community ties who face deportation. Whether representing individuals and families before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), United States Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), or Juvenile Court, with CLS's help, many deserving immigrants and refugees persevere and realize their dreams of a bright and secure future in the United States.

"An accredited representative is a person who is approved by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to represent aliens before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), which includes the immigration courts and the BIA, and must maintain a high standard of profes­sional conduct.