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In Good Faith – Decision Case



Case Synopsis

Brandon Dicorte, LMSW, joined Food for All as the agency’s first Development Director. Food for All was a faith-based, non-profit organization that trained interns and educated the local community about sustainable agricultural development. Louis Touissant, an intern from Haiti, came to Food for All for a one-year internship program. Before his internship ended, Louis left Food for All, but he didn’t return to Haiti/ he disappeared into the U.S., violating the conditions of his visa.

When Brandon and Food for All’s Board of Directors learned that Louis hadn’t returned home, they were confronted with the decision about whether or not to report Louis to Immigration and Naturalization Service(INS), now the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). They also had to consider how Louis’ visa violation might affect the agency’s reputation, fund-raising efforts, and ability to secure visas for future international interns, as well as what measures they could take to reduce the likelihood of this event ever happening again.

Intended Case Use

Written for MSW-level and senior-level BSW social work courses in generalist social work practice, practice with communities and organizations, and agency administration and planning, it may also be used for specialized instruction in international social work, international relief and development, community development, and practice with faith-based, non-profit organizations.

Author/Speaker: F. Matthew Schobert, Jr.

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