Immigrants’ Rights Legal Services Project
In April 2018, with a generous seed grant from the Venable Foundation, Legal Aid established this Project to provide advice, representation, and brief services in immigration matters as well as holistic services across all of Legal Aid’s practice areas to D.C.’s immigrant client community.
The Project focuses on assisting crime victims, including victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, with humanitarian immigration relief. In an effort to tailor services to our immigrant client community, the Project builds partnerships with local organizations and conducts know-your-rights trainings. Currently, Legal Aid is partnering with Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, a nationally recognized, award-winning school that provides adult education, literacy, and other services to the immigrant community and speakers of other languages. We are also partnering with La Clínica del Pueblo, a multi-site medical care provider that focuses on the health needs of Latino immigrants through comprehensive medical care and additional services and advocacy strategies to promote inclusion and health equity.
Finally, we believe that supporting immigrants’ rights means supporting policies that are anti-racist and anti-poverty, and advocating for our immigrant neighbors to be afforded basic human rights, safety, and security. To that end, we advocate for policy changes that would benefit D.C.’s immigrant client community.