Hannah Michelle Bussa
On Sunday, Sept. 26, the Immigrant Legal Center is hosting the Food Truck World Tour at Stinson Park from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
San Juana Paramo, the Communications Coordinator, explained the importance of this fundraiser for the work that the Immigrant Legal Center does.
“At its core, Immigrant Legal Center is a law firm,” she said. “ILC is Nebraska and southwest Iowa’s largest nonprofit immigration legal services provider, focused on empowering immigrants to live with confidence and free from fear.”
She said the diverse team of experts at the Immigrant Legal Center assist with all forms of family and humanitarian-based immigration. They specialize in the most complex, time-consuming and resource-intensive cases.
“Our mission is to welcome immigrants into our communities by providing high quality legal services, education and advocacy,” she said.
They focus on taking cases of the most vulnerable. She said that can include victims of domestic violence, children who have been abused or abandoned and people who would be persecuted if they return to the country from which they fled.
“At ILC, no family will be turned away due to inability to pay,” she said.
This work is supported by the Food Truck World Tour fundraiser.
“Food Truck World Tour raises critical funding that helps ILC continue to provide free immigration legal services for low-income immigrants in our communities,” she said. “It is also a great way to expose event attendees to the rich immigrant culture in Omaha.”
Paramo said food is a universal language that brings everyone together. Coming together for a meal for a great cause is a way to celebrate immigrant heritage and immigrants in the community.
“100% of proceeds from Food Truck World Tour directly support immigrants in our communities by helping us continue to provide free immigration legal services to those who qualify and education and advocacy efforts to address the immigration challenges facing immigrant families in Nebraska and southwest Iowa,” she said.
The Food Truck World Tour will have nine food trucks this year, with food ranging from home-cooked Mexican cuisine to Creole and Cajun dishes. The food trucks will be from: Maria Bonita (Mexican food), El Arepon (Venezuelan food), Pao2Go (Asian food), Wonton Jon’s (savory dishes in wonton wrapper cups), A Taste of New Orleans (Cajun food), La Casa Pizzaria (Italian-style pizza), Omaha Steaks partnering with A Taste of Heaven Food Truck and Chaima’s African Cuisine.
The eCreamery will also be serving ILC’s signature ice cream flavor, “Everyone Speaks Ice Cream,” a sea salt caramel ice cream with peanut butter swirls and brownie bites.
There will also be memorable performances from local cultural groups: Linh Quang Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe, Dowd’s Irish Academy, Omaha Pipes and Drums, Karen Culture Organization Don Dance and Mariachi Rey Azteca.
“Food Truck World Tour raises critical funding that changes the lives of countless families in our community, empowering them to live with confidence and free from fear,” Paramo said.
Paramo said the work of the Immigrant Legal Center is important to support.
“The United States is a nation of immigrants, whose contributions have been vital to who we are and hope to be,” she said. “Everyone, regardless of immigration status, deserves equal access to the justice system. While immigrants face disproportionate legal challenges from unlawful discrimination in housing and employment, disputes over access to public education, denial of public benefits to which they are entitled, and higher incarceration rates and disproportionate sentencing, immigration law is a challenge that often impacts each and every one of these arenas.”
Event information and tickets for the Food Truck World Tour can be found at immigrantlc.org/foodtruck