2019 Dorothy Lohmann Community Service Award

07/03/2019 -The Rhode Island Bar Association’s Dorothy Lohmann Community Service Award is named in memory of Rhode Island attorney Dorothy Lohmann who devoted her entire professional life to helping the poor. The Dorothy Lohmann Community Service Award honors lawyers who make noteworthy contributions in time and effort to a Rhode Island non-profit organization on a strictly voluntary, non-paid basis.

Nicholas Trott Long, Esq., of Little Compton, is recognized for his outstanding work on behalf of Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island. Dorcas International is an independent, non-profit agency with a guiding mission to empower individuals and families, especially the underserved, immigrants, and refugees, to become self-sufficient and fully participating members of our diverse community. With nearly 100 years of experience, Dorcas International Institute provides an impressive selection of education, employment, and citizenship and immigration services for low-income adults and families.

Nicholas has volunteered for Dorcas International handling asylum cases for indigent immigrants in Rhode Island for approximately twenty years. He helps some of the most vulnerable clients with complicated cases at United States Citizenship & Immigration Services and in immigration court. These cases are labor-intensive and can drag on for years. He has been a tireless advocate for these clients, and is now also participating in the Immigrant Coalition in Rhode Island, a group of attorneys and community partners that mobilized and organized to support immigrants as they become more and more affected by the current administration.

According to the Dorcas International’s Citizenship & Immigration Services Program Director Tatyana Tsangarakis-Almeida: The results of his work have been tremendous for our organization. We are not able to handle many asylum claims due to our caseload, and his willingness and ability to take on difficult cases has been an invaluable asset to our organization and to our community.