Chepenik Financial Generously Provides Financial Contributions to Support the First Generation Civil Rights Fellowship

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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 23, 2014 –The First Generation Civil Rights Fellowship (FirstGEN Fellows), a collaborative program by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), and the D.C. office of the National Immigration Law Center, is excited to welcome financial contributions made by Chepenik Financial.

Since 1973, Chepenik Financial a family-owned financial services firm, has been helping clients – individuals, companies and non-profit organizations – develop the resources they need to live healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives. Today Chepenik Financial is a provider of corporate retirement, corporate health care, and individual investment planning services. The FirstGEN Fellows program is elated to receive support from Chepenik Financial.

FirstGEN Fellows is a 10-week summer program for undergraduate students interested in social justice careers who are the first in their immediate families to attend an institution of higher education. Fellows gain hands-on experience working on civil rights matters as full-time policy interns in Washington, D.C., while also participating in a parallel training program. FirstGEN Fellows creates a greater community of advocates by linking emerging leaders with existing ones and creating a FirstGEN Fellows alumni network. Each fellow receives a $1,000 stipend. The Lawyers’ Committee serves as the program lead.

Jason K. Chepenik, Managing Partner, Chepenik Financial and Joe W. Moore, Deputy Director and Chief Administrative Officer, Lawyers’ Committee were instrumental in making this partnership possible.

Jason K. Chepenik said “Chepenik Financial is thrilled to participate as a sponsor for this program. Higher education is the foundation to success and any chance we have to support such efforts is a win for everyone.”

Joe W. Moore, himself a first generation college graduate, said “The FirstGEN Fellows program strives to open doors for first generation college students who normally would not have the opportunity to intern in Washington, D.C. Chepenik Financial’s contribution ensures more students will be able to follow in these footsteps.” Moore also said, “Chepenik Financial’s core value is to establish true client collaborations based on mutual trust and this financial contribution is an extension of their treasured values. We are so excited to receive their support.”

The Lawyers’ Committee is grateful to Chepenik Financial for its generous support of the FirstGEN Fellows program and their strong commitment to advancing equal opportunity for all. We look forward to working with Chepenik Financial as this critical program continues to expand.

For more information about FirstGEN Fellows, visit www.FisrtGenFellows.org, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @FirstGENFellows and like us on facebook.com/FirstGenFellows.

CONTACT: Rahwa Andemichael at 202-662-8347 or randemichael@lawyerscommittee.org.

About the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC):

Embracing the Gospel value of welcoming the stranger, CLINIC promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants in partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community legal immigration programs. For more information about the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., visit www.cliniclegal.org, and follow on Twitter@ClinicLegal.

About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. We celebrated our 50thanniversary in 2013 and continue our quest of “Moving America Toward Justice.” The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and community development; employment; voting; education and environmental justice.  For more information about the Lawyers’ Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @LawyersComm and like us on facebook.com/lawyerscommittee.

About the National Immigration Law Center:

Founded in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center envisions a society in which all people — regardless of race, gender, income level, or immigration status — have the opportunity to live freely, work safely, and thrive in society. The organization’s advocates and attorneys use a variety of tools, including policy analysis, litigation, education and advocacy, to achieve this vision. For more information about the National Immigration Law Center, visit www.nilc.org, and follow on Twitter @NILC_org.

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