Founded in 1920, the ACLU works in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
"Know Your Rights" Video Series and Information Sheets:
- When Asked about Your Immigration Status
- What to Do if Immigration Agents Are at Your Door
- What to Do if You're Stopped by Police, Immigration Agents, or the FBI (downloadable in English and other languages)
- Rights at Airports and Other Ports of Entry into the U.S.
- At a Demonstration or Protest
- When Faced with Anti-Muslim Discrimination (downloadable in English, Arabic, and Urdu)
- Transgender People and the Law
The AILA is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.
- Searchable Database of Immigration Lawyers
- Implementation of Executive Order Imposing Travel and Refugee Ban
This office's mission is to strengthen the ability of immigrants and Boston’s diverse cultural and linguistic communities to fully participate in the economic, civic, social, and cultural life of this great city. They also work to promote the commemoration and public understanding of the contributions of immigrants to Boston.
- Guide to City Services (downloadable in English, Ararbic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese)
- Immigration Clinic Schedule (downloadable in English, Ararbic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese)
The team of 72 attorneys and 25 paralegals at GBLS provides free legal assistance and representation on civil (noncriminal) matters to residents in the city of Boston and 31 surrounding cities and towns. Downloadable brochures are available in English, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Khmer, Spanish, Portuguese, and Vietnamese.
The IIIC provides education, wellness, and legal services to citizens from around the world (you don't need to be from Ireland to use their services). They sponsor monthly free legal clinics around the Boston area; go to the IIIC web page for the most recent schedule.
Established in 1979, the NILC is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants. It provides information for immigrants on Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA), health care, immigration enforcement, driver's licenses, and more. Information developed for U.S. immigrants is also available on this site about economic support, workers' rights, education, and taxes. Note that students in F-1 student status are non-immigrants, and different regulations for these issues may apply to them.
- Know Your Rights if Stopped by Immigration or Police (wallet card and information in English, traditional and simplified Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Farsi, Somali, and Spanish)
Links to Legal Help
- Nonprofit organizations that provide low-cost help can be found at immigrationlawhelp.org.
- The immigration courts have a list of lawyers and organizations that provide free legal services here.
- At adminrelief.org, there is a search engine into which you type a zip code and then are given a list of all the legal services near you.
- You can search for an immigration lawyer using the AILA’s online directory.
- The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild also has an online find-a-lawyer tool.
Code of Federal Regulations: 8 CFR 214 (Nonimmigrant Classes)
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Consular Affairs
CAIR's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
The NIAC was founded in 2002 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of Iranian Americans and promoting greater understanding between the American and Iranian people. They accomplish their mission through expert research and analysis, civic and policy education, and community building. They provide information on news and analysis, community and heritage, and resources for students (i.e., how to become a student advocate, scholarship opportunities, and connecting across campus).