Immigration Legal Services (ILS)

The Immigration Legal Services Division (ILSD) seeks justice for all immigrants—documented and undocumented—by serving the immigrant community with programs that assist applicants to obtain available relief under the immigration laws. IILA offers free or low cost services to qualified clients in the following areas:

Adult Removal Defense. For immigrants facing a removal hearing in Immigration Court, IILA offers full representation to selected clients seeking asylum, cancellation of removal, or other remedies. While the bulk of our clients are asylum seekers or torture victims, we will represent other clients as our docket permits.

Unaccompanied Minors. We represent unaccompanied minors who are seeking asylum before the USCIS, or in Immigration Court. We also represent those same clients seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJS) orders in either Family Court or Probate Court. Representation for unaccompanied minors is free of charge and we accept a limited number of cases.

Other Immigration Services. IILA provides a full range of other immigration services including Citizenship/Naturalization, Renewal of Residency Cards, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Consular Processing, U-Visa, T-Visa, VAWA, DACA Renewal, TPS Renewal, and other brief services. We represent a limited number of these cases free of charge, and may charge low cost community prices for applicants who do not qualify for our free services.

Accessing our services: A free legal consultation and intake is required before a case can be accepted. Call 323/264-6217 for appointments for consultations. Be prepared to tell reception that you want a consultation and the kind of case you have. For example, “I would like a consultation for a family petition,” or “I would like a consultation for an asylum case.” To qualify for our services, a prospective client may be asked to provide documentation of household income.