While millions of immigrants nationwide wait for a political solution to their problems, many people face immediate legal needs related to their presence in the United States. Fortunately, legal help and other services are available for U.S. citizens, permanent legal residents, refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and others who are facing immigration issues now. Special assistance is available for immigrants who are victims of domestic violence.
CITIZENSHIP AND NATURALIZATION CLASSES
- Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), the largest Central American organization in the country, provides legal services, including advice, application preparation and representation in a variety of immigration cases to low-income immigrants. For more information, call (213) 385-7800.
- The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) is a regional immigrant rights organization founded in 1986. Their Citizenship Project seeks to assist low-income immigrant working families through the naturalization process. They offer citizenship assistance, fee waiver assistance and green card renewal services. For more information, call (888)-6CHIRLA or (213) 353-1333.
- Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA) is one of the first and most well-established worker centers in the United States. A multi-ethnic organization based in Koreatown, KIWA organizes low-wage immigrant workers, tenants, and their families and offers English and computer classes, worker empowerment clinics, Koreatown Tenants’ Defense Network, and telecom fraud prevention. For more information, call (213) 738-9050.
- The Mexican-American Opportunity Foundation provides for the socio-economic betterment of the greater Latino community in California, while preserving the pride, values and heritage of the Mexican American cultures. For more information on programs and classes, call (323) 890-9600.
LEGAL HELP FOR IMMIGRANTS AND MIGRANTS
Try our General Legal Check-Up for more information on free immigration-related legal services.
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles: Immigration and Citizenship Services provides legal help with general immigration issues, including DACA applications. Citizenship and nationalization classes are also available. For services, call (888) 349-9695 or go to Asian Language Access.
- The Coalition to Abolish Trafficking and Slavery assists people who have been trafficked, including victims of forced labor and other slavery-like practices. This organization works toward ending all instances of these human rights violations. If you or someone you know are a victim of human trafficking, call the 24-hour hotline at (888) 539-2373.
- Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles: Immigration Law Services can provide immediate legal assistance to low-income people who need help becoming U.S. citizens or who have suffered domestic violence. For services, call (800) 399-4529.
- Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project specializes in helping asylum seekers, victims of human trafficking and domestic abuse, and persons currently in immigration detention. For legal help with these and other immigration issues, call (213) 385-2977, extension 600.