The Clinic at Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law
515 Avenida Cesar E. Chavez
Kansas City MO 64108
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 994-2300
Fax 816- 994-2310
Mission Statement
The mission of The Clinic at SCAL is to help low-income individuals and families facing removal proceedings in the Kansas City Immigration Court gain access to quality pro bono or discounted-fee legal representation.
CEO/Executive Director Rekha Sharma-Crawford
Board Chair Rekha Sharma-Crawford
Board Chair Company Affiliation Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Donations can be accepted via The Clinic at Sharma-crawford Attorneys at Law website, on the Facebook page (@TheClinicSCAL), or in person. Cash or credit cards are accepted. Attorneys can donate pro bono time by agreeing to represent clients in removal proceedings with asylum claims, by handling non-removal matters for our clients such as guardianship orders, or by handling appeals of adverse decisions. 
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The mission of The Clinic at SCAL is to help low-income individuals and families facing removal proceedings in the Kansas City Immigration Court gain access to quality pro bono or discounted-fee legal representation.
Background Statement

The Clinic at SCAL, the region’s first and only nonprofit (501 (c)(3)) immigration removal defense law firm was established on January 1, 2012.   Individuals facing removal from the US through immigration proceedings are not provided attorney representation by the government.  Many who have the right to stay in the U.S. have been removed from the country because they lack access to affordable legal services.  The Clinic at SCAL seeks to remedy this problem by providing in-court representation to individuals across KS and MO.  

In 2009 the Kansas City Immigration Court opened in Kansas City, MO.  Immigration court had previously been held via tele-video with judges from the Chicago immigration court.  Today, the court’s 2 immigration judges preside over all immigration cases arising in KS and MO.  All persons in removal proceedings must come to the Kansas City Court to be heard.  Prior to the inception of The Clinic there was no resource for indigent persons in removal proceedings west of Springfield, Missouri.
Impact Statement

This past year The Clinic at SCAL has made measurable progress in building community support and visibility. It has been involved in local efforts to combat the destruction caused to immigrant communities as a result of ICE raids and fear tactics. The Clinic has continued to provide exceptional legal representation to clients facing removal in the Kansas City Immigration Court and has also found new platforms by which to keep communities involved, informed and engaged in the topic of immigration and immigration enforcement. 

Needs Statement
The Clinic at SCAL continues to seek out ways to expand community awareness as to the resources available for immigrant communities. It is also in need of in-kind donations of office supplies, printing needs, tax accounting, etc. as well as the assistance of pro bono service providers who are available to assist clients with issues of medical care, psychological counseling and other social services. 
Service Categories
Legal Services
Ethnic/Immigrant Services
Civil Rights
Areas of Service
Geographic Area Served Narrative The Clinic at SCAL provides representation to indigent non-citizens in removal proceedings before the Kansas City Immigration Court. The reach of the KC Immigration Court is all of Kansas and Missouri. 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

The phrase “A Nation of Immigrants” often has a very personal meaning to those who have bonded with the US through a relationship of the heart rather than by just soil.  Being able to give to others in search of their own American Dreams provides the backbone principle of The Clinic at SCAL. 

In no other nation can two people from two different hemispheres create one peaceful community.  In no other nation is the indulgence of due process so readily given without arbitrary discrimination.  But, this right sometimes comes at a cost that many cannot bear alone.  It is in this simple concept that The Clinic at SCAL's work finds its true anchor by providing quality legal representation to those who otherwise could not be able to obtain it.  This is the passionate mix of law and humanity that drives a board of five members to dedicate their time, resources and energy in weaving the next block of the American quilt. 
The Clinic at SCAL has been successful in helping numerous immigrants facing removal proceedings.  Hundreds of families are still together in the United States thanks to its efforts. 
However, The Clinic has had to turn down many clients in need of asylum and appellate services.  To expand its services to asylum cases and appeals, The Clinic at SCAL would have to hire two additional attorneys and perhaps one or two additional assistants.  Additional funding is critical for The Clinic at SCAL's goal of expanding its services into asylum and appeals and to help The Clinic at SCAL  reach its ultimate goal of becoming a full-service removal defense non-profit organization. 
The Clinic at SCAL also currently uses the facility and personnel of the Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law firm.  Although this structure has allowed The Clinic at SCAL to thrive, it has also limited its independence in the public eye.  As a secondary goal, The Clinic aims to fully establish its own identity and brand, separate and apart from that of the law firm.  Again, additional funding would be critical for The Clinic at SCAL to reach this long-term goal.
Description The Clinic represents clients facing removal proceedings in Kansas City immigration court. 
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Legal Services
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Short-Term Success
In its first year, The Clinic at SCAL served approximately 129 clients.  In 2016, The Clinic had 171 active cases, made up of 101 men and 70 women from 16 different countries. Of 171 active cases, 72 files were still open and 37 files were closed. Many of the clients that we help would not have legal representation but for The Clinic at SCAL. Although some of these cases will be resolved before trial, many of them will proceed through trial. 

The Clinic at SCAL is able to obtain favorable results on many of its cases.  Many of its clients are satisfied because they now have their green cards or work permits, or because they are able to remain in the United States while their cases are pending.  We help clients understand the process and prepare for the cases’ potential outcomes. 
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal for The Clinic at SCAL clients is to remain with their families in the United States and obtain legal status.  An alternative goal for many clients, who may be required to depart the US, to be able to do so with their dignity and self-worth intact. 
Program Success Monitored By The Clinic at SCAL measures its success by the number of families helped and the results it obtains for those families.  
Examples of Program Success

We recently won a cancellation of removal case for a client who has lived in this country since 1997.  He is a husband and a father to two U.S. citizen children.  His 6-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma in 2012; after intensive chemotherapy, she is thankfully in remission.  Throughout his daughter’s illness and recovery, our client has been the only one supporting the family financially, as his wife had to stop working so she could be home with their daughter.  He has been in removal proceedings for almost three long years, during which time he and his family had no idea whether he would be able to stay, or would ultimately be removed from the United States.  Now the family can finally breathe again, knowing he will soon become a lawful permanent resident.

The Clinic at SCAL has had approximately 588 clients since its inception.  Many of our clients now have legal permanent residency and have been able to stay in the United States with their families. 

Description Aid and educate the public, including the community and foreign inmates about their rights and removal proceedings. 
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Legal Services
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Short-Term Success We conduct bi-monthly presentations to the Mexican Consulate and regular visits to local jails housing immigrants in removal proceedings.  Our attorneys and board members who practice immigration law also meet with these individuals one-on-one for consults, and we hold various other outreach activities throughout the year.  We make an effort to ensure the individuals we meet with understand their options and how to minimize their risk of removal. 
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal for this program is ensuring that the local community understands its rights when facing removal proceedings. 
Program Success Monitored By We collect data about the number of visits and Know-Your-Rights presentations that we make throughout the year.  We know the program is successful because many of the individuals we meet with ask the Clinic to represent them in their removal proceedings or hire other legal counsel.  Also, the number of individuals who attend our presentations and who have private consults with our attorneys is consistently high.  
Examples of Program Success

We conduct two outreach presentations to the Mexican Consulate and meet with approximately 10-15 individuals after the presentation.  Every year, we also visit jails in the region that house immigrants in removal proceedings.  We make Know-Your-Rights presentations to more than a hundred inmates during each visit. 

CEO Comments With the Immigration debate hitting a fever pitch, The Clinic at SCAL is needed now more than ever. Making sure that noncitizens are able to obtain the legal assistance they need to navigate the complexities of removal proceedings is what The Clinic at SCAL strives to do every day. While The Clinic at SCAL remains resilient in meeting the challenges of a small nonprofit, in an underserved area, it continues to seek out opportunities and resources which will allow it to become a stable and successful part of the Kansas City community fabric.   
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Rekha Sharma-Crawford
Term Start Jan 2012
CEO Total Compensation N/A
Experience Rekha is a nationally recognized immigration litigator, speaker and author with 20+ years of litigation experience. 
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Co-CEO/Executive Director Wililam Michael Sharma-Crawford
Term Start Jan 2012
Co-CEO Experience William is a nationally recognized immigration litigator with over 16 years of litigation experience. 
Senior Staff
Title Clinic attorney
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 3
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 2
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Pro Bono PublicoMissouri Bar2017
Board Chair
Board Chair Rekha Sharma-Crawford
Company Affiliation Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2019
Board Members
Laurie AndersonIJAM
Jim Breckenridge
Bill CapotostoRetired
Wade CarrDentons
Bartholomew DeanK. U.
Lindsay GrayWhitlock and Gray LLC
Rekha Sharma-CrawfordSharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law
Michael Sharma-CrawfordSharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law
Paul WeberEAG Advertising
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 30%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 25%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $120,000
Projected Expenses $100,000
Spending Policy Income Only
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990-EZ.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$125,075$116,689$102,983
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.991.190.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$32,431$31,885$10,749
Current Assets$32,431$31,885$10,749
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$12,233$10,470$9,267
Total Net Assets$20,198$21,415$1,482
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.653.051.16
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Other Documents
Organization Name The Clinic at Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law
Address 515 Avenida Cesar E. Chavez
Kansas City, MO 64108
Primary Phone (816) 994-2300
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Rekha Sharma-Crawford
Board Chair Rekha Sharma-Crawford
Board Chair Company Affiliation Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law
Year of Incorporation 2011