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Meet Tanja & Anna: immigration specialists at the IRC in Salt Lake City

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Did you know the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Salt Lake City offers many services beyond refugee resettlement? We have a team of award-winning, certified immigration specialists that provide immigration and legal services to vulnerable populations—refugees, asylees and other immigrants—at a low cost.

Tanja Micic and Anna Springer, immigration specialists at the IRC in Salt Lake City, recently received the Sister Kathleen Moroney Legal Service Award from Holy Cross Ministries for their dedicated commitment to providing fair, high-quality legal services to immigrant populations. Each year, Tanja and Anna work with hundreds of community members to file applications for permanent residency, citizenship, family reunification and more.

Tanja Micic, a refugee from former Yugoslavia, was resettled by the IRC in Salt Lake City over 20 years ago. Shortly after arriving to the United States, she began working as an IRC caseworker, advocating on behalf of refugee populations and helping other newly arrived individuals and families through the resettlement process. In 2002, she became an accredited immigration specialist diligently providing services to former refugees, asylees and other immigrant populations.

Anna Springer started at the IRC in Salt Lake City in 2012 as the citizenship education coordinator, later becoming an immigration coordinator. She developed and instituted citizenship classes—taught weekly—to provide those seeking to obtain citizenship a space to learn English, American history, and prepare for the citizenship test and interview. By helping refugees to attain citizenship, the IRC, through Anna’s efforts, strengthens communities and encourages civic integration and participation.

“I’m proud to be a part of a country, and a state, and a community of people that help [others] grasp the opportunities available to them and to build a good life for themselves and their families,” Anna mentioned during her acceptance speech at the legal services award ceremony.

A group of volunteers, the Amigos Mentores, at the DACA information and renewal workshop Anna Springer and Salt Lake Community College hosted. Photo: Courtesy of Anna Springer

In addition to in-house legal services and classes, Tanja and Anna look for ways to reach out to the community and provide support. Recently, Anna partnered with Salt Lake Community College to host a DACA information and renewal workshop. Anna provided an informational presentation, offered individual legal consultations for all attendees, and follow-up appointments and application assistance for any participants who were interested.

We are proud of the tremendous effort Tanja and Anna contribute to make refugees and other new Americans welcome in our community!

For more information about the immigration services the IRC in Salt Lake City provides, including assistance with green card applications and help through the process of becoming a U.S. citizen, email us at SaltLakeCity [at] rescue.org.