WR Immigration and Corporate Social Responsibility

Diversity, equity, & inclusion

Creating a better world through our firm, our community, and our work

To be at our best, we built a firm that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive for everyone at WR Immigration. Our work in the immigration arena provides us an opportunity to help people from all nations. As leaders, we know our role goes beyond our crucial work. We have built a firm that prioritizes opportunity for all.

Firm leadership

We believe that diverse leadership is critical to our firm’s success and have an exemplary record of promoting women and minorities. Our mentorship model ensures that attorneys of all backgrounds are supported, encouraged, and recognized for their unique strengths.

Inclusion by the numbers:

  • Women partners: 42%
  • Women in leadership: 46%
  • Minority partners: 35%
  • Minorities in leadership: 40%
  • Both women & minorities (partners): 50%
  • Both women & minorities (leadership): 53%

Diversity, equity, & inclusion committee

Our DE&I programs celebrate differences, build inclusivity, and lend support to our employees and communities. Core initiatives include:

  • Building equal opportunity and a culture of respect in the workplace through trainings, education, and fair employment practices;
  • Fundraising to support organizations committed to racial and social justice;
  • Hosting firm-wide learning experiences that create dialogue about bias, gender expression, and respect in the workplace;
  • Providing training and support to women and minorities in the legal profession through our involvement with the American Bar
    Association’s Women in Tech Summit, the Cambridge Commission on Immigrant Rights and Citizenship, the Filipino, Japanese, Korean, and Asian American Bar Associations, and more.

Learning & education

We strive to ensure a positive working environment by promoting a diverse, equitable, inclusive and collaborative workplace. We are committed to our role in the legal profession by educating, promoting, and maintaining a respectful and inclusive culture. We dedicate resources through talent development, management trainings, and a collegial, open forum.

Our DE&I proactivity is embedded in our culture, giving us the tools and environment to attract and recruit talent and advance the skills of our team within the legal community.

WR Immigration gives back

We care about our role in the communities we serve

The firm has a strong history of pro bono work. In 2016, we launched WR Immigration Gives Back to extend service opportunities to everyone, including our legal support and professional staff. Enjoy reading the posts below about our initiatives!

Black Lives Matter

To support the Black Lives Matter movement, the Firm provided four hours of civic engagement paid time off to encourage staff to participate in one of the many protests and rallies held across the country. Staff also donated money, matched by the Firm, to non-profits promoting social justice.

Victim Rights Center Holiday Drive

In collaboration with the Victim Rights Law Center, we adopted approximately 30 immigrant families and donated gifts from their wish list in December 2018 and December 2019. Wishes ranging from bed sheets to Primark gift cards were fulfilled by the Firm’s employees. Our elves enjoyed wrapping! We look forward to continuing this tradition for years […]

Hurricane Relief Initiative

In an effort to aid Puerto Rico after catastrophic Hurricane Maria, we launched the “Donate Your Lunch Hour to Puerto Rico Relief Efforts” initiative in October 2017, raising $802.30. The Firm matched this for a total donation of $1,604.60, all of which went to the United for Puerto Rico fund.

Gives Back and PAIR

We partnered with the Political Asylum/Immigrant Refugee Project (PAIR) and hosted our first asylum intake clinic, completing 22 intakes in 2016. The Firm is grateful for this important collaboration and continues to assist with asylum case intakes. New volunteers take part in a training session that provides the goals of the intake process, an overview […]

Dilley Pro Bono Project

Partner Leslie Ditrani volunteered in the field at the Dilley Detention Center in Dilley, TX in May 2019, spending a week preparing women for their credible fear interviews. Our Gives Back volunteers in Boston assisted Leslie’s efforts by providing remote interpretation via phone conferences for her Spanish speaking clients.

Veteran’s Day Letter – Writing Campaign

We participated in a Veteran’s Day letter writing campaign in November 2017, sending approximately 50 letters to Congress and state attorneys general appealing for protection of the MAVNI program, which allowed certain non-citizens to join the U.S. military and immediately apply for U.S. citizenship. Following the campaign, Partner Philip Curtis received a phone call from […]

Project Citizenship

We partnered with Project Citizenship and adopted three sessions in July 2018 to assist pre-screened clients with completing naturalization applications. Volunteers completed thirteen applications, helping to serve clients born in six different countries: Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Colombia, and Cape Verde. With the assistance of the volunteers, Project Citizenship was […]

KIND Holiday Drive

Our Gives Back program ran a holiday drive December 2017 to deliver gifts to Immigrant and refugee children represented by Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a non-profit dedicated to providing legal services to immigrant children. Staff contributed gifts from a wish list provided by KIND, and WR delivered items such as gift cards, diapers, […]

City of Cambridge/ CLSACC

Partner Leslie Ditrani volunteered at CLSACC, the Cambridge Community Legal Services and Counseling Center. The clinic runs on the third Wednesday of every month, providing free legal consultation and advice to immigrants from Cambridge and the surrounding communities.

Work with a non-profit on border

Our Firm drafted “bond packages” to help asylum seekers get released from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility in Karnes City, Texas so that they can join their families in the U.S. while seeking to obtain asylum. This project is in collaboration with RAICES (the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal […]

Citizenship Day

We once again collaborated with Project Citizenship, signing up at a sponsorship level of 10 volunteers for their 6th annual Citizenship Day in Boston on September 28, 2019. Citizenship Day in Boston is the largest citizenship workshop in New England. Project Citizenship and the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement partnered to host this event. Since […]