Resources on Immigration or Detention crises

There are over 250 detention centers operating throughout the U.S. (see Detention by the Numbers)  Most immigration processing centers are managed by a few private prison corporations such as GEO GROUP.

Detained immigrants who aren’t citizens, lack documentation or are seeking asylum are often hundreds of miles away from legal assistance. 



National Immigration Legal Services Directory

NILS directory for Illinois  

NILS directory en español

Parking lot of South Texas Detention Center (Pearsall, TX). Photo by WOB (2014).

Legal and Education Services for detained immigrants

ACLU Immigrant Rights Project 

Global Family Legal Services (Arizona)

Center for Legal Assistance (Boston area)

TODEC Legal Services (Riverside, CA)

National Immigrant Justice Center (Chicago/Indiana)

Immigrant Legal Center (Iowa) 

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights (Chicago)

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights in Harlingen, TX

Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES, TX)

Texas Civil Rights Project 

Justice for Our Neighbors (Dallas)

ICS NonProfit Immigration Advocates (OR)

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (Wash State

Immigration Equality (LGBT migrants)

Resources for Lawyers


Asylum Application (I-589)

Avisos al Salir de Detención


Handbook: Human Rights in the U.S.A. (pdf)

Immigration Advocates Network Directory (Nationwide)

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)


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Writer, attorney, Lawprof Emerita from Northern Illinois University.
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