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Immigration and Citizenship Resources

Based on a guide originally created by Brian Bess at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library in Alabama. Used with permission of Brian Bess.

Non-profit Organizations - Immigrant Defenders Law Center











ImmDef’s Children’s Representation Project is one of the largest programs of its kind in the United States and provides representation and pro bono placement (referrals for free representation by outside attorneys) for more than 500 children each year, including refugees, unaccompanied children and foster youth.

We represent immigrant children in shelters or federal long-term-foster care, or who have been released to sponsors within the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Immigration Court.

Our representation is full-scale deportation defense, which includes advocacy before immigration court, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and California state courts. Our clients live in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Kern Counties.

ImmDef uses a universal representation model and, up to our capacity, we represent any minor who has been released from the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement and who requests our services, regardless of the factors in their case. Our goal is to  represent as many children as we can so that fewer children are forced to face an immigration judge without an experienced attorney by their side. ; accessed June 15, 2018.


Non-profit Organizations - Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

KIND will achieve our vision by:

Ensuring that no child appears in immigration court without high quality legal representation;

Advancing laws, policies, and practices that ensure children’s protection and uphold their right to due process and fundamental fairness; and

Promoting in countries of origin, transit, and destination durable solutions to child migration that are grounded in the best interests of the child and ensure that no child is forced to involuntarily migrate.; accessed June 15, 2018.


Non-profit Organizations - The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights




The mission of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is to promote the best interests of unaccompanied immigrant children with due regard to the child’s expressed wishes, according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and state and federal law.

The Young Center is a champion for the best interests of children who arrive in the United States on their own, from all corners of the world. We serve as trusted allies for these children while they are in deportation proceedings, advocating for their best interests, and standing for the creation of a dedicated children’s immigrant justice system that ensures the safety and well-being of every child.

The Young Center’s goal is to change the immigration system so that children in immigration proceedings are recognized as children, and best interests are made a part of the decision making process.; accessed June 15, 2018.

Non-profit Organizations - Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project

The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) works to prevent the wrongful deportation of refugee families who have come to the United States fleeing unspeakable violence, including repeated sexual assault and the murder of relatives. Most are from Central America, with others traveling from countries as far as Syria, Eritrea, and Brazil.

ASAP uses technology to connect thousands of formerly detained refugees across the country, including in isolated areas.  In our private online community, members ask questions of expert attorneys, share stories and strategies, and build community power.

ASAP provides rapid response legal services to community members in moments of crisis, including deportation, detention, and raids.  As the U.S. government targets more refugees than ever before, ASAP is responding by taking on cases with short timelines in some of our nation’s most underserved areas.

ASAP mobilizes hundreds of volunteers across the country to represent refugee families, training a new generation of advocates. ASAP breaks cases into discrete tasks and delegates those tasks to volunteers who work in parallel to meet tight deadlines, with the help of detailed templates and guides.

ASAP magnifies the advocacy efforts of community members through litigation, press, policy work, and speaking events. For example, ASAP filed a first-of-its-kind federal lawsuit on behalf of a refugee mother and child, seeking monetary damages for the inhumane treatment they suffered while detained.

ASAP serves refugee families in hard-to-reach places, including detention centers and rural areas in over 30 states. To date, ASAP has prevented over 400 deportations using our unique remote representation model and provided over 2,500 families with critical legal information.; accessed June 15, 2018.


Non-profit Organizations - Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services

RAICES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal serivces to undeserved immigrant children, families, and refugees in Texas. Founded in 1986 as the Refugee Aid Project by community activists in South Texas, RAICES has grown to be the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. With offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, RAICES is a frontline organization in the roiling debate about immigration and immigrants in the world. As an organization that combines expertise developed from the daily practice of immigration law with a deep commitment to advocacy, RAICES is unique among immigration organizations. A diverse staff of 130 attorneys, legal assistants, and support staff provide consultations, direct legal services, representation, assistance and advocacy to communities in Texas and to clients after they leave the state. In 2017, RAICES staff closed 51,000 cases at no cost to the client. Our advocacy and commitment to change are driven by the clients and families we serve every day as our attorneys and legal assistants provide legal advocacy and representation in an immigration system that breaks apart families and leaves millions without pathways to legal status.; accessed June 15, 2018.

Non-profit Organizations - Pueblo Sin Fronteras

For more than fifteen years, members of Pueblo Sin Fronteras have been reaching out to the most vulnerable immigrants in the United States and to migrants and refugees on the move.

We are a collective of friends who decided to be in permanent solidarity with displaced peoples.

We accompany migrants and refugees in their journey of hope, and together demand our human rights.

We provide humanitarian aid to migrants and refugees.; accessed June 18, 2018.

Non-profit Organizations - Together Rising

In a world where crises abound and heartache is in every community, people who want to help often don’t know where to turn. Together Rising is where to turn. Together Rising transforms heartache into action.

Whether it’s pulling children out of the sea outside the refugee camps in Greece, helping abandoned kids on the streets in Indianapolis, establishing the first opioid recovery home for pregnant teens in New Hampshire, building a maternal health wing in Port-au-Prince, providing a single mother access to breast cancer treatment, or keeping a foster family’s heat on in Texas — Together Rising identifies what is breaking the hearts of our givers as they look around their world and their community, and then we connect our givers’ generosity with the people and organizations who are effectively addressing that critical need.

We live in a world where people believe that We Belong To Each Other.
We live in a world where people give away hard-earned money to strangers.
We live in a world where Love Wins. And we have proof: Since 2012, Together Rising has raised over Eleven Million Dollars, with a mean donation of $25.

Most of Together Rising’s funds are raised through Love Flash Mobs, time-limited fundraisers that have revolutionized crowd-sourced online giving, with thousands of strangers giving a maximum of $25 to meet a particular need in a matter of hours. Through these Love Flash Mobs, we are proving that small gifts can change the world in revolutionary ways.

100% of what Together Rising receives from every personal donation goes directly to an individual, family, or cause in need – not one penny we receive from individual donation goes to administration costs, unless a donor specifically authorizes that use.; accessed June 18, 2018.

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