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#110 Legal Services: Immigration

mp3 #110 Legal Services for Immigration Problem (mp3 file)

Here's the smart way to find out about legal services for immigration and immigrant-related legal problems. This message lists nine (9) agencies in alphabetical order. You may also want to check message number 119 for a list of legal clinics currently available in L.A. county.

Unless otherwise indicated, to qualify for these services, clients must meet specific low-income guidelines and reside in Los Angeles County. It is important to call first; many of these agencies do not accept walk-in clients.

Agency #1. ASSISTANCE AND GUIDANCE INTERNATIONAL SERVICE provides legal assistance with citizenship, civil litigation, document preparation, immigration income tax, Mexican-American business ventures, personal injury, unemployment, work-related injury and workers compensation. Consultation services are free-of-charge. All other services are free or are charged at a reduced fee. Agency serves Alhambra, Bell, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Cudahy, East Los Angeles, El Monte, Huntington Park, Montebello, and Monterey Park. Their telephone number is (323) 264-2751.

Agency #2. CARECEN provides legal assistance on immigration matters relating to deportation, citizenship and civil rights, work authorization problems, human services, youth empowerment, and food distribution for residents of the Pico Union community. Call (213) 385-7800 for information or to set appointment for interviews, referrals or service; your call is returned within 24 hours. The clinic is run every Saturday and the third Friday of every month between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm. There is no fee, donations are accepted.

Agency #3. CENTRAL AMERICAN RESOURCE CENTER provides legal assistance and consultations for immigration, including deportation defense, political asylum, family visas, work-permit renewals, and citizenship. They also have a walk-in clinic, which is located at 1636 W. 8th Street, Suite 118, in Los Angeles. Free services are provided to indigent refugees from Central America who are located in Los Angeles County and meet federal poverty guidelines multiplied by 175%. Donations are accepted. Their telephone number is (213) 385-7800.

Agency #4. CLINICA LEGAL provides legal assistance in criminal law, immigration, and landlord/tenant matters. All staff speaks Spanish. Initial consultation is free-of-charge. Sliding scale for all services. Their telephone number is (323) 727-2828.

Agency #5. EL RESCATE LEGAL SERVICES provides legal assistance with immigration issues, especially political asylum in deportation proceedings. Services are free to any low-income Central American refugee. Their telephone number is (213) 387-3284.

Agency #6. IMMIGRATION LEGAL ASSISTANCE PROJECT of the Los Angeles County Bar Association provides legal assistance with immigration matters. The Project provides legal assistance and counseling to all categories of low income persons. Experienced immigration attorneys provide legal advice for U.S. Citizens and immigrants as well as all other persons seeking information on political asylum, green cards, work permits, travel documents, lost green cards, family petitions, citizenship, and much more. The Project, having no geographic restrictions, assists persons from all countries and territories. The Project charges an initial consultation fee of $20. Clients are sometimes charged a nominal fee for services beyond advice and counseling, at reduced rates on a sliding scale for low-income clients. Their telephone number is 213-485-1872 or 1873.

Agency #7. INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE, INC. provides resettlement assistance to newly arriving refugees, and immigration services to refugees and immigrants. There are nominal fees for some types of immigration services. Clients are served on a first come first serve basis. Call (213) 386-6700 for information, Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Agency #8. LEGAL AID FOUNDATION OF LOS ANGELES provides free legal services to low income persons in the area of immigration. Their telephone number is (800) 399-4529. For more information about the Legal Aid Foundation, check message 104.

Agency #9. SAN FERNANDO VALLEY NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES provides legal services for immigration, as well as for administrative, consumer, education, employment, government benefits, health, and housing problems. Services are free to residents of the northern portion of Los Angeles proper and Los Angeles County who qualify under Low Income Guidelines. Their telephone number is (818) 896-5211.

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