1 DCS LEGAL ACCESS PROJECT PRO BONO REFERRAL RESOURCE GUIDE DECEMBER 2014
2 i TABLE OF CONTENTS* INTRODUCTION... III ARIZONA... 1 CALIFORNIA... 2 COLORADO CONNECTICUT FLORIDA GEORGIA IDAHO ILLINOIS INDIANA SEE ALSO: 22 AND 24 IOWA MAINE MARYLAND SEE ALSO: 73 AND 74 MASSACHUSETTS SEE ALSO: 14 AND 29 MICHIGAN MINNESOTA MISSOURI NEBRASKA NEW JERSEY SEE ALSO: 16 NEW MEXICO NEW YORK SEE ALSO: 14 AND 16 NORTH CAROLINA OHIO OREGON PENNSYLVANIA TENNESSEE TEXAS SEE ALSO: 42 AND 43 UTAH VIRGINIA SEE ALSO: 73 AND 74
3 ii WASHINGTON SEE ALSO: 21 AND 55 WASHINGTON, DC *Some organizations serve Immigration Courts, USCIS offices, counties or metropolitan areas in states that are not listed in the Table of Contents. (For example, a Minnesota-based organization might cover South Dakota, or a DC-based agency may also serve the Baltimore region.) States not listed in the Table of Contents that are covered partially or fully by organizations in this guide include: ARKANSAS AND 58 KENTUCKY MISSISSIPPI AND 58 NORTH DAKOTA SOUTH DAKOTA WISCONSIN AND 24
4 iii INTRODUCTION About this resource: This resource contains a list of legal service organizations that provide free or low-cost immigration legal assistance and representation for non-detained children in immigration proceedings. This list is comprised of mostly non-vera affiliated organizations, but also includes those Vera/DCS Legal Access Project subcontractors who may be able to accept referrals for released children. The guide is organized alphabetically by state, one organization per page. The information shown on each page includes the types of legal assistance provided by each organization, the areas and immigration courts served, and relevant contact information. This guide is comprised of organizations that: 1) agreed to be listed in this directory, and 2) provide pro bono (or low-cost) legal representation for non-detained children who are without counsel. We hope this referral resource guide helps you to obtain representation for immigrant children. We consider it a living document, and we will be continuously updating it throughout the year. To that end, we depend on both your feedback on this current version and on your recommendations for new organizations to contact in the future. You are encouraged to contact the organizations directly to ensure that the information provided here is correct and current. The Vera Institute of Justice does not endorse the organizations listed in this directory nor does it express any views on the nature or quality of services provided. If you have questions or comments about this guide, please contact Zerlina Chiu at or at (212) Thank you.
5 1 ARIZONA PHOENIX Vera/DCS Legal Access Project provider Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project (FIRRP) Phoenix Satellite Office 202 E. McDowell Rd. Ste. 165 Phoenix, AZ Phone: (602) Website: Immigration Court(s) served: Phoenix Counties/Cities covered: Maricopa County FIRRP serves: children in federal custody; select children released from federal custody to the Phoenix area. FIRRP only accepts referrals for kids formerly in ORR care. If the child does not have a history with ORR, FIRRP will not consider the referral. FIRRP will provide free direct representation for the following types of cases: For detained children, FIRRP will pursue any type of potential relief. For released children, FIRRP will provide a free legal screening over the phone. o If a child has viable claim, FIRRP will conduct a second intake in-person and will accept select cases for children with strong SIJS cases; T and U-visa claims; and asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture claims. Age restrictions: Referrals are considered for all persons under age 21. Language capacity: Spanish Notes: FIRRP will refer all cases that it cannot accept to a list of nonprofit organizations and private counsel in Maricopa County.
6 2 CALIFORNIA BERKELEY East Bay Sanctuary Covenant 2362 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA Primary Contact: Phone: (510) Website: Contact method for potential clients: Walk-in: M-W and F, 10am-4:00pm (we are closed on Thursdays). Phone: same hours as above. Fees for services: No fees, but donations from clients at the end of their case are encouraged. Immigration Court(s) served: San Francisco Counties/Cities covered: Northern District of California Areas of immigration legal assistance: Asylum cases for minors (under 18 years old), DACA Language capacity: Spanish, Mam Maya, French Notes: Our office mainly does affirmative asylum cases. We can do asylum cases for minors in Immigration Court but we do not do defensive asylum cases for adults in Immigration Court. We also provide referrals for U visas, T visas, SIJS cases, and defensive asylum cases but are not taking any new cases of those types at this time.
7 3 CALIFORNIA EAST PALO ALTO Vera/DCS Legal Access Project provider Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA) 2117-B University Avenue East Palo Alto, CA Phone: (650) Website: Immigration Court(s) served: San Francisco Counties/Cities covered: San Mateo County; Santa Clara County Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto serves: Released children, children never detained by ORR, children with criminal/delinquency histories, and their families. Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto provides free direct representation for the following types of cases: All forms of relief in removal proceedings; affirmative SIJS; U-Visa; VAWA; DACA; and T-Visa. Low fees for services; fees can be waived for incomequalifying clients. Age restrictions: None Language capacity: Spanish Notes: CLSEPA does not accept voluntary departure cases and cases where there is no relief available.
8 4 CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES Vera/DCS Legal Access Project provider Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc. Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project (Esperanza) 1530 James Wood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA Name: Eric Mendoza / Javier Miranda / Phone: (213) Website: Immigration Court(s) served: Los Angeles Counties/Cities covered: Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, and Riverside Counties. Esperanza serves: Detained children seeking relief from removal, including children with delinquency histories. Esperanza also provides representation for DACA cases, on a fee-forservices basis. Esperanza provides free direct representation for the following types of cases: N/A Age restrictions: None Language capacity: Spanish, Arabic, Italian Notes: Esperanza does not offer free representation to released children unless the representation began while they were in ORR care.
9 5 CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES El Rescate 1501 W 8th Street, Suite 100 Los Angeles, CA Phone: (213) Website: Contact method for potential clients: Phone calls and walk-ins. Fee: $20 to consult an immigration attorney that can further review applicant's case and/or situation. Immigration Court(s) served: Los Angeles Counties/Cities covered: Los Angeles County and surrounding cities. Areas of immigration legal assistance: Voluntary departure, asylum, VAWA, familybased claims, cancellation of removal, TVPRA, DACA. Language capacity: Spanish and Mayan Quiche Notes: El Rescate does not provide immigration legal assistance for the following types of cases: T-Visa, U-Visa, SIJS, cases in which no relief is available. El Rescate will represent released children, but does not currently represent detained children; El Rescate will represent children with criminal/delinquency histories on a case-by-case basis.
10 6 CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES Vera/DCS Legal Access Project provider Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Los Angeles c/o Holland & Knight LLP 400 S. Hope St., 8 th floor Los Angeles, CA Name: Chloe Nebina, Program Assistant Phone: (213) Website: Immigration Court served: Los Angeles Counties/Cities covered: Los Angeles KIND Los Angeles serves: released children KIND Los Angeles provides free direct representation for the following types of cases: Asylum, withholding of deportation, Convention Against Torture, SIJS, T-Visa, U visa. Age restrictions: Under 17 years old at date of referral Language capacity: Spanish spoken
11 7 CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES Public Counsel 610 South Ardmore Avenue Los Angeles, CA Name: Phone: Website: Maria Campos, Administrative Assistant Immigrants Rights Please Contact method for potential clients: Clients are seen by appointment only; please to make an appointment. Fee: None, except for DACA cases. Immigration Court(s) served: Affirmative cases and Los Angeles Immigration Court. Counties/Cities covered: Los Angeles County and surrounding areas Areas of immigration legal assistance: Defensive and affirmative children s cases involving: DACA, Asylum, SIJS, U-Visa, T-Visa, and VAWA. Language capacity: Spanish and other languages on a case-by-case basis.
12 8 CALIFORNIA OAKLAND Social Justice Collaborative rd Street, Suite 130 Oakland, CA Phone: (510) Website: Contact method for potential clients: Please call to schedule a consultation. There are no walk-in appointments. Fees for services: Social Justice Collaborative charges $50 for an initial consultation and provides substantially below-market rate for all services. Social Justice Collaborative charges using a sliding scale based on income level. Immigration Court(s) served: San Francisco Counties/Cities covered: All counties in the larger Bay Area. Areas of immigration legal assistance: Social Justice Collaborative specializes in removal defense and generally provides all types of immigration assistance, including U visas, asylum/withholding, U-visas, SIJS, and family-based immigration. Language capacity: Attorneys speak Spanish. Social Justice Collaborative has many volunteer translators who speak over twelve different languages. Notes: Social Justice Collaborative serves only low-income individuals. There are no other restrictions.
13 9 CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO Vera/DCS Legal Access Project provider Casa Cornelia Law Center 2760 Fifth Avenue, #200 San Diego, CA Phone: (619) Website: Immigration Court(s) served: San Diego Counties/Cities covered: San Diego County Casa Cornelia serves: Released children, children never detained by ORR, and children with criminal/delinquency histories (but only in special cases). Casa Cornelia provides free direct representation for the following types of cases: Asylum, CAT claims, family-based claims, SIJS, T-Visa, U-Visa, VAWA, voluntary departure, no relief available, and other types of cases. Age restrictions: For SIJS cases, the child must be 17.5 or younger. Language capacity: Spanish, Portuguese, and French
14 10 CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO Immigration Center for Women and Children th Street, Mailbox 32 San Francisco, CA Phone: (415) Website: Contact method for potential clients: Phone screenings M-F, 9am-5pm PST. Fee: Fees for all services on a sliding scale. Immigration Court(s) served: Los Angeles, San Francisco Counties/Cities covered: Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside, Imperial, San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Napa, Solano, and surrounding counties. Areas of immigration legal assistance: ICWC does not provide pro bono services. Through its LOPC (Legal Orientation Program for Custodians of Unaccompanied Children) program, it refers children to local nonprofits, and is occasionally able to arrange for pro bono assistance. ICWC s own areas of specialization are U-Visa, VAWA, SIJS, and DACA. It refers SIJS cases in dependency proceedings and Prosecutorial Discretion cases to Legal Services for Children and San Mateo Legal Aid; and asylum cases to the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights asylum pro bono program. ICWC can represent minors in removal proceedings if it is handling their substantive U- Visa, VAWA, SIJS, or DACA case. ICWC s preference is to appear no more than once, and conduct most of the representation through non-opposed motions filed through mail. Language capacity: Spanish
15 Notes: ICWC refers out asylum and dependency and delinquency-based SIJS cases. It does not represent minors in court unless it is handling their substantive cases. 11
16 12 CALIFORNIA SANTA ANA Catholic Charities of Orange County 1800 E. 17 th Street Santa Ana, California, Phone: (714) Website: Contact method for potential clients: Walk-in or by phone, M-Th, 9am-5pm. Fees for services: Nominal/sliding scale fees Immigration Court(s) served: Los Angeles Counties/Cities covered: Orange County Areas of immigration legal assistance: Citizenship (free of charge while funding exists), Fee Waivers, Family Based Petitions, I-601A/601 waivers, Adjustment of Status, Affidavit of Support, Visa Processing Support, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), DACA Renewals, I-90s, U Visas, Removal of Conditional Residency, Fiancé(e) Visa. Language capacity: Spanish, Vietnamese
17 13 COLORADO WESTMINSTER Rocky Mountain Immigration Advocacy Network (RMIAN), Children s Program 3489 W. 72nd Avenue, Suite 211 Westminster, CO Phone: (303) Hotline: (303) Website: Contact method for potential clients: Phone and ; no walk-ins Fee: None Immigration Court(s) served: Anyone in Colorado and/or in removal proceedings in Denver Counties/Cities covered: Colorado State Areas of immigration legal assistance: Asylum, SIJS, T-Visa, U-Visa, VAWA, voluntary departure, and other types of cases, including termination and TPS cases. RMIAN will represent children with no available relief on a case-by-case basis, depending on the availability of resources. Language capacity: Spanish and other languages, depending on availability of interpreters Notes: RMIAN will represent children with criminal/delinquency histories.
18 14 CONNECTICUT BRIDGEPORT / HARTFORD / STAMFORD International Institute of Connecticut 670 Clinton Avenue / Bridgeport, CT Main Street / Hartford, CT Grove Street / Stamford, CT Phone: Website: (203) (Bridgeport); (860) (Hartford); (203) (Stamford) Contact method for potential clients: Call to make an appointment. Fee: $40 for consultation, nominal fees for services. Immigration Court(s) served: Hartford Counties/Cities covered: Hartford County, New Haven County, Fairfield County, New London County, Connecticut; Westchester County, New York; Hampden County, Massachusetts. Areas of immigration legal assistance: Family-based immigration, U-Visa, T-Visa, VAWA, SIJS, TPS, removal defense, cancellation of removal, asylum. Language capacity: Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese Notes: IICONN offers refugee resettlement services, trafficking victim services, translation services and ESL and citizenship courses.
19 15 CONNECTICUT HARTFORD & FAIRFIELD COUNTIES Center for Children s Advocacy, Inc. University of Connecticut-School of Law 65 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT Phone: Website: (860) (Hartford office) (203) (Bridgeport office) Contact method for potential clients: Telephone Fees for services: None Immigration Court(s) served: Attorneys at CCA do not practice in Immigration Court. Instead, attorneys may assist teens with their initial application to the Connecticut Juvenile or Probate Courts for protection due to abuse or neglect, and seek findings that will enable them to apply for SIJS. Counties/Cities covered: Hartford and Fairfield counties Areas of immigration legal assistance: SIJS-related representation in the Connecticut Juvenile and Probate Courts only. Language capacity: CCA will accommodate language needs through the use of an interpreter line as needed. CCA has fully bi-lingual, Spanish speaking attorneys and staff.
20 16 CONNECTICUT NEW HAVEN Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization Yale Law School P.O. Box New Haven, CT Phone: (203) Website: Contact method for potential clients: Call (203) to make an appointment, M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm EST Fee: None Immigration Court(s) served: Hartford, CT; asylum offices in New York and New Jersey Counties/Cities covered: New Haven County Areas of immigration legal assistance: Primarily asylum, but occasionally also SIJS and U-Visa. Language capacity: Not restricted; Legal Services Organization works with a vast array of translators. Notes: Legal Services Organization will represent children in detention and removal proceedings, but will not represent detained adults. Legal Services Organization will not represent clients with criminal/delinquency histories.
21 17 FLORIDA MIAMI Vera/DCS Legal Access Project provider Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) 3000 Biscayne Boulevard, #400 Miami, FL Phone: (786) Website: Immigration Court(s) served: Miami Counties/Cities covered: Miami-Dade; neighboring counties on a limited basis AI Justice serves: Released children, children never detained by ORR, foster children, and children with criminal/delinquency histories. AI Justice provides free direct representation for the following types of cases: Asylum, CAT claims, SIJS, T-Visa, U-Visa, VAWA claims, DACA, and other types of cases. Age restrictions: None Language capacity: Haitian Creole/Kreyol and Spanish
22 18 FLORIDA ST. PETERSBURG Vera/DCS Legal Access Project provider Gulfcoast Legal Services 501 1st Ave N, Suite 420 St. Petersburg, FL Phone: Website: (727) x243 Immigration Court(s) served: Orlando Counties/Cities covered: Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee, Sarasota, Hillsborough Gulfcoast Legal Services serves: Released children, children never detained by ORR, and children with criminal/delinquency histories Gulfcoast Legal Services provides free direct representation for the following types of cases: Asylum, SIJS, T-Visa, U-Visa, VAWA, DACA Age restrictions: None Language capacity: Spanish and other languages available via language line Notes: Gulfcoast Legal Services will represent children with no available relief on a case-bycase basis; voluntary departure cases accepted on a case-by-case basis. Gulfcoast Legal Services has additional office locations in Clearwater, Bradenton, and Sarasota.
23 19 GEORGIA ATLANTA Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Inc. Immigration Services 2305 Parklake Drive Atlanta, GA Phone: (678) Website: Contact method for potential clients: All potential clients must have a consultation. Consultation appointments are given out on a first-come, first-served basis once a month. Please call (678) for current intake information. Fee: Consultations cost $100. Fees for other services vary. Immigration Court(s) served: Atlanta Counties/Cities covered: All of Georgia Areas of immigration legal assistance: Asylum, SIJS, U-Visas, T-Visas, family petitions, removal defense, DACA, and VAWA. Language capacity: Spanish, Portuguese, and French Notes: Catholic Charities of Atlanta s Immigration Services cannot represent anyone with arrests for child abuse or convictions for domestic violence. Potential clients must live in households that make 200% or less of the federal poverty guidelines to be eligible for services.
24 20 GEORGIA ATLANTA Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN) P.O. Box Atlanta, GA (Mailing address only) Phone: (404) Website: Contact method for potential clients: For an appointment, call (404) or Fee: None Immigration Court(s) served: Atlanta EOIR Counties/Cities covered: Atlanta Metropolitan Area Areas of immigration legal assistance: Asylum, credible and reasonable fear interviews, U-Visa, T-Visa, and VAWA self-petitions, I-751 waivers; in general, GAIN provides pro bono legal representation for victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. Language capacity: Spanish, Hindi, and Gujarati Notes: Due to limited resources, GAIN does not provide detention and removal assistance or legal representation to individuals with complicated criminal/delinquency histories.
25 21 IDAHO MOSCOW University of Idaho Legal Aid Clinic 875 Perimeter Drive, MS 2322 Moscow, ID Phone: (208) Website: Contact method for potential clients: By phone (preferable) or walk-in (less preferable). Online intakes may be instituted in the future. Fee: Only income-qualified individuals are accepted as clients. No attorney fees are charged. Immigration Court(s) served: Boise, ID; Seattle, WA (occasionally) Counties/Cities covered: Idaho and eastern Washington State Areas of immigration legal assistance: Removal proceedings and appeals; asylum applications; applications for SIJS, VAWA, U-Visa and T-Visa; family-based immigration petitions; waivers; parole requests; federal court litigation; criminal immigration consultations and advice. Language capacity: English
26 22 ILLINOIS CHICAGO Children and Family Justice Center Northwestern University School of Law Bluhm Legal Clinic 375 E Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL Phone: (312) Website: Contact method for potential clients: Call (312) Fee: None Immigration Court(s) served: Chicago Counties/Cities covered: Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin Areas of immigration legal assistance: SIJS, U-Visa, T-Visa, asylum, VAWA, cancellation of removal, and appeals of cases involving these forms of relief. Language capacity: Spanish Notes: The Bluhm Legal Clinic does not represent legal permanent residents or detained adults in immigration court proceedings. The Bluhm Legal Clinic does not handle citizenship cases.
27 23 ILLINOIS - CHICAGO (AND SURROUNDING AREAS) Justice for Our Neighbors Northern Illinois 77 W Washington St, Suite 1820 Chicago, IL Phone: Aurora: (630) Chicago: (872) Rockford: (815) Website: Contact method for potential clients: Justice for Our Neighbors Northern Illinois has three clinic sites that act as initial intake sites. In order to make an appointment, potential clients need to contact one clinic site directly. Fees for services: None. Client income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines, or there must be a financial hardship. Immigration Court(s) served: Chicago, Illinois Counties/Cities covered: Northern Illinois (and surrounding areas in southern Wisconsin, central Illinois, and northwest Indiana). There are no strict geographic restrictions. Areas of immigration legal assistance: All immigration cases, except employment-based (except for R-1 visas for people who qualify based on income). Language capacity: Staff speaks Spanish and Polish. Justice for Our Neighbors Northern Illinois has regular volunteer Arabic, French, Thai, Lao, and Farsi interpreters, and can arrange for interpreters for any other language needed. Notes: Potential clients only need to have immigration questions in order to schedule an intake appointment at a clinic.
28 24 ILLINOIS CHICAGO Vera/DCS Legal Access Project provider National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) 208 S. La Salle Street, Suite #1300 Chicago, IL Primary contacts: For potential clients (released children and other immigrants): Asylum hotline (773) Thursdays, 9am 12pm Detention hotline (312) for collect calls / (312) for all other calls Tuesdays, 11am-2pm All other cases: Phone: (312) Website: Fee: Free or low-cost direct representation Immigration Court(s) served: Chicago Counties/Cities covered: Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana Areas of immigration legal assistance: Nationwide appellate litigation; asylum, withholding and CAT; DACA; detained immigrants; family-based petitions; removal defense; SIJS; TPS; T-Visa; U-Visa; and VAWA claims. Age restrictions: None Language capacity: French, Portuguese, Spanish and other languages upon request.
29 25 Notes To refer a released unaccompanied child to NIJC, please instruct the child to contact NIJC directly through the information above. NIJC Children s Protection Project serves released children, children never detained by ORR, and children with criminal/delinquency histories, but only in special cases.
30 26 ILLINOIS CHICAGO RefugeeOne 4753 N. Broadway, Suite 401 Chicago, IL Glen Flora Ave., Suite 204 Waukegan, IL Phone: Chicago (773) Waukegan (847) Website: Contact method for potential clients: Phone. Fees for services: Sliding scale based on client s income. Immigration Court(s) served: Chicago, IL Counties/Cities covered: Lake County. Waukegan, North Chicago, Round Lake, Lake Forest, Mundelein, Grayslake, Zion, Beach Park, Highwood, Highland Park and others Areas of immigration legal assistance: Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Asylum applications, Employment Authorization, Visa processing, Consulate processing, Alien petitions, travel documents, and VAWA petitions. Language capacity: English and Spanish Notes: RefugeeOne cannot take on SIJS cases.
31 27 INDIANA INDIANAPOLIS Indiana Legal Services, Inc. Immigrants and Language Rights Center 151 N. Delaware St., Ste Indianapolis, IN Phone: 1-(866) Website: Contact method for potential clients: Call 1-(866) Phone intakes are accepted on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 8:30am and 4:30pm. Potential clients will speak to one of two trained Spanish-speaking interns who will do an intake. Fees for services: Free for low-income, eligible clients, who reside in Indiana. Immigration Court(s) served: Chicago Counties/Cities covered: All Indiana counties. Areas of immigration legal assistance: U-Visa, T-Visa, Visas for Victims of Domestic Violence, Family-Based Visas, Legal Permanent Residence ( Green Card ), Naturalization/Citizenship, Defense in Deportation/Removal Proceedings, Overseas Consular Processing, and Language Discrimination Cases Language capacity: Spanish and Portuguese-speaking staff. Language Line is used when other languages are needed. Notes: Immigrants and Language Rights Center is funded largely by Legal Services Corporation and therefore have certain categories of immigrants we are allowed to help. Unfortunately, SIJS-eligible children will usually not qualify for our services. However, we could do the intakes and provide referrals to other organizations and the private bar, which may be able to take these cases on a pro bono basis.
32 28 IOWA DES MOINES (AND SURROUNDING AREAS) Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors 2718 University Avenue P.O. Box Des Moines, IA Phone: (515) Website: Contact method for potential clients: Please call on Monday afternoons or Friday mornings for appointments at a monthly clinic. Callers should inform the intake worker that they are a juvenile/uac. Fees for services: No fees. Immigration Court(s) served: Omaha Immigration Court Counties/Cities covered: Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors will accept clients from all Iowa counties. There are monthly clinics in Des Moines, Ottumwa, Cedar Rapids, Columbus Junction, and Storm Lake. Areas of immigration legal assistance: Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors will assist with SIJS, U-Visa, T-Visa, family-based relief, and in some circumstances, asylum. Language capacity: All staff members are fluent in Spanish and English.
33 29 MAINE PORTLAND Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project PO Box Portland, ME Phone: (207) Website: Contact method for potential clients: Intake in-person. By phone if outside the Portland area (Fridays, 9am-1pm EST). Fee: Low fees; no fee for clients under 150% of the poverty level. Immigration Court(s) served: Boston, MA Counties/Cities covered: Maine (all counties and cities) Areas of immigration legal assistance: Asylum SIJS, U- and T-Visas, Family-Based, Removal, and Citizenship. Language capacity: Spanish and French on staff; interpreter services for other languages. Notes: ILAP can serve individuals who earn under 200% of the poverty level.
34 30 MARYLAND BALTIMORE Catholic Charities of Baltimore Esperanza Center Immigration Legal Services 430 S. Broadway Baltimore, MD Phone: (410) Website: Contact method for potential clients: Potential client minors should call for an appointment by dialing (410) Fees for services: All minor consults are free and held on Wednesdays by appointment only. We conduct on average 10 each Wednesday depending on staffing. Immigration Court(s) served: Baltimore, MD Counties/Cities covered: All of Maryland Areas of immigration legal assistance: family and humanitarian-based immigration remedies (not employment-based), including asylum, SIJS, U-Visas, VAWA, DACA, TPS, family petitions, waivers, etc. Language capacity: English, Spanish (also Greek and French) Notes: For the most updated information, please call (410)
35 31 MARYLAND BALTIMORE Vera/DCS Legal Access Project provider Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) Baltimore c/o University of Baltimore Clinical Law Offices 1420 N. Charles Street 2 nd Floor, Ste. D Baltimore, MD (mailing address only) Name: Liz Shields, Supervising Attorney for Pro Bono Programs Phone: (443) Website: Immigration Court(s) served: Baltimore Counties/Cities covered: Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Frederick County, Harford County, & Prince George s County KIND - Baltimore serves: Released children and children never detained by ORR (on a case by case basis) KIND - Baltimore provides free direct representation for the following types of cases: SIJS, Asylum, CAT claims, T-Visa, U-Visa, VAWA claims, and DACA Age restrictions: Referrals for minors under the age of 17 at the time of the referral only. Language capacity: Spanish
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