Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative

A consortium of non-profit organizations providing free and low-cost legal services to immigrants in the Houston region.

Our goals

Legal Services Capacity

Increase the quality and quantity of immigration legal service providers equipped to serve the Houston region’s growing immigrant population.

Access to Services

Improve and streamline immigrants’ ability to access existing and high-quality, low-cost social and legal services.

Communications

Be a source of timely and accurate information for both stakeholder groups and potential clients of immigration service providers.

Your source for
Reliable, Timely, and Accurate
Legal Immigration Information.

Immigration Legal Service Providers

Our legal service providers are the heart of our organization. We are committed to building capacity within these organizations and helping new organizations offer free and low-cost legal services to immigrants.

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United We Dream

Spanish and English

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Boat People SOS

Vietnamese, Chinese, Spanish

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Catholic Charities

Spanish, Arabic, Russian, and more

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Chinese Community Center

Chinese and Vietnamese

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Tahirih Justice Center

Spanish, Urdu, Arabic and more

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Neighborhood Centers Inc.

English and Spanish

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Memorial Assistance Ministries

Spanish and English

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Houston College of Law Immigration Clinics

Spanish, Vietnamese and English

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Justice For Our Neighbors – Houston

Spanish and English

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University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic

Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, others

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Non-legal Service Providers & Stakeholders

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Mental health counseling and services.
www.talkhgi.org

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Public policy, education, outreach.
www.houstontx.gov/oic

Assistance with health and social services.
www.echos-houston.org

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Events

September 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)
Weekly on the same day until December 19, 2016

MAM: Free Immigration Screenings

  • Place: Memorial Assistance Ministries
  • Time: September 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)
    Weekly on the same day until December 19, 2016

Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM) offers free Immigration Info Sessions every Monday from 9:00 am to noon. Get information about immigration legal services and free consultation…

September 27 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)
Weekly on the same day until December 13, 2016

NCI – Ripley House: Citizenship & DACA Legal Services

  • Place: Ripley House Neighborhood Center
  • Time: September 27 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)
    Weekly on the same day until December 13, 2016

Free legal services for clients applying for US Citizenship and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Registration runs from 9am - 3pm. Services are free.…

September 28 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)
Weekly on the same day until December 21, 2016

YMCA Int’l Services: Walk-in Legal Clinic

  • Place: YMCA International Services
  • Time: September 28 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)
    Weekly on the same day until December 21, 2016

YMCA International Services offers free or low-cost immigration legal services in the areas of: Asylum Employment Authorization Family Petitions Naturalization and Citizenship Permanent Residency Removal/Deportation…

September 28 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)
Weekly on the same day until December 14, 2016

NCI – Ripley House: Walk-in Legal Consultation

  • Place: Ripley House Neighborhood Center
  • Time: September 28 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)
    Weekly on the same day until December 14, 2016

Weekly walk-in consultations every Wednesday for individuals seeking immigration legal services from the NCI Immigration and Citizenship Program. Registration runs from 9am - 3pm. Services are…

Frequently asked questions

01.

What is the mission of HILSC?

The mission of the Collaborative is to create a coordinated network of effective and efficient services to assist low-income immigrants access the information and legal representation that allows them to make choices in their own best interest.

Download the Collaborative’s Community Plan, a roadmap to amplifying the efforts of local immigration legal service providers.

02.

How do you support organizations?

The Collaborative itself does not provide services directly, but supports the organizations that do. Committed to systems-level changes within our community, the Collaborative works to create tools, resources and opportunities for non-profit legal services providers.

03.

How can I get involved?

The Collaborative welcomes new legal service providers, immigration service providers, funders, attorneys, and stakeholders. We meet quarterly and communicate through a listserv. We have active committees working on our three main goals: increasing legal services capacity, improving access to services, and communications.

To join the listserv or request information about becoming a member, email
info@houstonimmigration.org

04.

What makes your organizations the “good guys”?

Collaborative members are committed to establishing best-practices for their organizations and to learning from their peers in the service-provider community. They are willing to share their expertise with other Collaborative members and to support new organizations looking to start legal services programs. All Collaborative service providers are non-profit organizations committed to serving low-income immigrants by charging no more than nominal fees for their services. Collaborative members offering legal services are BIA-recognized or working towards BIA-recognition and are committed to providing the highest-quality services possible.

05.

Who are the “bad guys”?

Unfortunately, immigration fraud is a common problem and many immigrants fall victim to dishonest immigration consultants often called “notarios.” These consultants often charge high fees for services that are completely free, such as obtaining application forms (application forms are always free from USCIS) or being put on a waitlist (there are no waitlists). Getting “helped” by one of these consultants can have disastrous results for immigrants and their families, even leading to deportation.

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What does it mean to be a BIA-recognized organization?

You will see that many of our members are BIA-recognized organizations. This status is granted to qualified non-profit religious, charitable, social service, or similar organizations by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), a division of the Department of Justice. Recognition makes an organization legally authorized to provide immigration legal services with or without an immigration attorney on staff. BIA-accredited representatives are individuals at those organizations who can assist immigrants with legal cases. We encourage all of our members to seek BIA-recognition before launching a legal services program.

Click HERE for a complete list of BIA-recognized organizations in Texas. Read more about the Recognition & Accreditation Program.

07.

Where can I get good data about immigration in the Houston region?

The Migration Policy Institute is an excellent source of high-quality data about immigrant populations in Texas and beyond. We recommend starting with “A Profile of Immigrants in Houston, the Nation's Most Diverse Metropolitan Area ,” a study commissioned by the Collaborative.

Click HERE to visit the Migration Policy Institute website and read MORE about the profile of Houston immigrants study.

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What’s going on with Administrative Relief (DAPA/DACA)?

In 2014, President Obama announced an expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as the Deferred Action for Parents of Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program, which would make it possible for approximately five million people to attain lawful, albeit temporary, status and employment authorization. The Migration Policy Institute estimates that more than 200,000 people in the Houston region may be eligible for the new and expanded programs. A federal district court decision on February 16, 2015 – Texas v. United States – put the implementation of these programs on hold. The Supreme Court's 4-4 tie decision on June 23, 2016 leaves the injunction in place indefinitely. The lawsuit does not affect the existing DACA program, which has been in place since 2012 and remains available for qualified applicants.

To read more about the Supreme Court's 4-4 decision on Texas v. United States on June 23, 2016, read our press release.

For information on DACA, visit the USCIS website . For information about DAPA and expanded DACA, visit the Administrative Relief Resource Center.

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