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Brett Hamm, Immigration Paralegal with Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio provides insight into the non-profit organization stays up to date with the ever changing scope of Immigration industry with Edge Immigration Case Management while maintaining valuable visibility into the productivity organization through customizable reporting.
My name is Brett Hamm, I work in the immigration legal services department, we serve refugees and they come from all over the world. We see a lot of refugees from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, we do have a huge Bhutanese or Nepali population specifically in Cincinnati. We do have some Central Americans there as well, Guatemalans, El Salvadorians, Hondurans, we do see a diverse set of migrants.
When I first came on, we didn’t have an intakes specialist, so I was doing that in addition to being a paralegal, so I was doing the first contact with all the clients. And now I am also working on becoming partially credited with the DOJ. So from the very beginning, I mean, we’ve had to use multiple programs to kind of track like the entire workflow of the client’s case file. Like the intake is one form, we use an excel sheet or something for that, and that’s not very functional, you definitely can’t run a report on it or something like that. Now with Edge, especially with the partnership that Edge has with the clinic, we definitely utilize the consultation functionality a lot more. And I think that just starts you off on kind of a predefined workflow path, which helps bring kind of a sense of stability for the clients and then also for the advocates who are working on the cases.
The immigration process is overwhelming, I’ve only been doing this for a year and half, and I feel like it has just constantly changing of rules and regulations and stuff like that, and Edge and LawLogix have done a great job of keeping us up to date. They always put notices in our newsfeed about like “hey this form is coming up to date new” and stuff like that, so that is something that is really beneficial to us so that we can also relay that information to our clients. To make sure they are up to date on what’s new and what they need to be on the lookout for. You have the flexibility to add various activities to help tracking on that workflow, I think that gives us an overall view of all the cases, how it’s progressing and also can give us a timeline of how long the cases are taking.
So I think that is one functionality that we really appreciate and we really actually want to leverage a little bit more on moving forward. We also have reporting, which can really give us an overall view of all the totality of the clients that we are serving, and then it can also actually leverage activities in our report too so you can see kind of like a very succinct way of looking at all the active cases you have, and then you can also see what was the last thing on the case, when it was last done. So again reporting and activities, merging those two functionalities in their own regard is great, using them together you can really get an overview of what’s really going on in the firm in all the cases at once, so that’s helpful.
Also if you need demographics, you can add demographics to reporting, that helps sometimes with funding. Specific grants may require a specific type of demographic for them to receive your funding, you can access that as well. So I really enjoy all of those functionalities rolled into one to really promote what we do and to keep us accountable but also efficient. When you have all that support, and all that functionality, and there’s no like flaws or glitches in it, it allows you to focus on just working on the immigration aspect of it, so if we can take that away from our worries we can really focus on the circumstances that are specific for our clients immigration benefit applications, and that would be super helpful for our clients and us as well.
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