Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center Recognizes CGA Law Firm< Back to news list
Michelle Pokrifka, Marisa G. Button
York, PA (February 2012) – CGA Law Firm and Attorneys Michélle Pokrifka and Marisa G. Button were honored by the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) with the Light of Liberty Award. On January 30, 2012, PIRC held their first annual Light of Liberty Award Celebration in the Legacy Room of the Memorial Library. Sharon E. Myers, managing shareholder of CGA Law Firm, accepted the award on behalf of the law firm. Attorney Pokrifka and Button were both presented with the award for their pro bono contribution and service to the organization.
Michélle Pokrifka, a shareholder with CGA Law Firm, was instrumental in working with PIRC and the Victims Assistance Center and ACCESS – York in collaborating together to form the Central Pennsylvania Immigration Project (CPIP) in March 2009. Since that time, CPIP has been successful in recruiting volunteer immigration attorneys and paralegals to provide free and confidential legal assistance to immigrant crime and trafficking victims.
Marisa Button is a member of the Board of Directors for PIRC and gives her time and legal services as a pro bono volunteer to CPIP. An immigration and litigation attorney, she provides these victims with legal representation on a variety of immigration cases, including but not limited to U Visas, VAWA Self Petitions, and T Visas. She also assists them with civil litigation matters; such as, landlord-tenant issues.
Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) is a non-profit legal services organization founded in 1996 in the aftermath of the Golden Venture catastrophe. A leading source of legal services to immigrants detained by the Department of Homeland Security in Pennsylvania, PIRC believes that detained immigrants have a right to adequate information concerning their immigration status and access to effective legal resources.