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Resources  for Undocumented and Immigrant Students and Community Members

Last Updated: September 2018

 

The resources listed on this page are primarily geared to students who are foreign-born, non-H1B visa holders who may be in need of financial or legal assistance (e.g. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA; Temporary Protected Status, TPS).

UMBC Resources

 

Campus Life’s Mosaic

https://my3.my.umbc.edu/groups/themosaic

Center for Culture and Diversity
The Commons, Room 2B23

The Women’s Center

https://womenscenter.umbc.edu

The Commons, Room 004

The Counseling Center

http://counseling.umbc.edu/services

Student Development and Success Center – Located on Center Road next to Susquehanna Hall

The Career Center

https://careers.umbc.edu

Math/Psychology Bldg, Room 201

The Division of Student Affairs

https://studentaffairs.umbc.edu

The Commons, Room 319

Campus Life

https://campuslife.umbc.edu

The Commons, Room 336

Lists of UMBC Cultural/EthnicReligion/Spirituality, and Service/Social Action student organizations and leader contact information is accessible through the Campus Life Student Organizations webpage.

Community Resources

 

CASA

http://wearecasa.org

“We are a group of passionate, community-conscious people working to organize, advocate for, and expand opportunities for Latino and immigrant people in the state of Maryland. We do this by providing employment placement; workforce development and training; health education; citizenship and legal services; and financial, language, and literacy training to Latino and immigrant communities throughout the state.”

*Look under Contact Us to find various locations, emails, and phone numbers. 

Casa Ruby

Our Immigration Services program is a unique program that meets the needs of LGBTQ immigrants from around the world. We understand the needs and constraints that have forced people to leave their countries of origin, escaping discrimination, fear, and rejection. Through this program, Casa Ruby seeks to improve living conditions and make it easier to transition to a new country.

Our mission is to create successful life stories among transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals. Our vision is to create a world where transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people pursue their dreams and achieve success in their lives without fear of discrimination, harassment, or violence due to their sexual orientation and or gender identity/gender expression.

7530 Georgia Ave NW., Washington DC 20012
(202) 355-5155
info@casaruby.com

Esperanza Center

http://www.catholiccharities-md.org/immigrants

“The Esperanza Center is a comprehensive immigrant resource center that offers hope and essential services to people who are new to the United States. Our dedicated staff and volunteers provide services and referrals, ESL education, healthcare, and low-cost immigration legal services to thousands of immigrants each year.”

430 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD, 21231
(667) 600-2000
esperanzainfo@cc-md.org

Sanctuary DMV

http://sanctuarydmv.org

“…A solidarity group for the DMV area that pledges to resist policy proposals to target and deport millions of undocumented immigrants and discriminate against marginalized communities including those who are black, indigenous, Muslim, latinx, and LGBTQ+.”

Facebook: @SanctuaryDMV

Informed Immigrant

https://www.informedimmigrant.com

“…A collective of nationally recognized immigrant-serving organizations, lawyers, technologists, and allies dedicated to helping the undocumented immigrant community by connecting undocumented immigrants, providers, and educators to resources.”

CNLD

http://www.latinxdisabilitycoalition.com

“The National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities (CNLD) is a volunteer organization comprised of Disabled Latinx leaders and allies from across the nation who engage in events, speaking engagements, and advocacy efforts.”

 


 

Information from Immigration Advocates Network: Nonprofit Resource Center

 

Catholic Charities of Washington, D.C. (Gaithersburg Office)

Areas of legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Consular Processing, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Employment authorization, Employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant petitions, Family-based petitions, Habeas Corpus, NACARA, Naturalization/Citizenship, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Types of legal assistance: Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Federal court appeals
Location: 201 E. Diamond Ave., 3rd Floor, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Contact: (301) 740-2523, http://www.catholiccharitiesdc.org

Catholic Charities of Washington, D.C. (Silver Spring Office)

Areas of legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Consular Processing, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Employment authorization, Employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant petitions, Family-based petitions, Habeas Corpus, NACARA, Naturalization/Citizenship, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Types of legal assistance: Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Federal court appeals
Location: 12247 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20902
Contact: (301) 942-1790, http://www.catholiccharitiesdc.org

Catholic Charities of Wilmington – Immigration and Refugee Services (Eastern Shore Office)

Areas of legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Consular Processing, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Employment authorization, Employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant petitions, Family-based petitions, Naturalization/Citizenship, Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
Types of legal assistance: Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS
Location: 30632 Hampden Ave, Princess Anne, MD 21853
Contact: (410) 651-9608, http://www.cdow.org/immigration.html

Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center

Areas of legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Consular Processing, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Employment authorization, Family-based petitions, Naturalization/Citizenship, Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
Types of legal assistance: Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS
Location: 20 Bay St, Easton, MD 21601
Contact: (443) 786-1120, http://www.chesmrc.org

Foreign-born Information and Referral Network, Inc. (Columbia Office)

Areas of legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Consular Processing, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Employment authorization, Family-based petitions, NACARA, Naturalization/Citizenship, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Types of legal assistance: Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
Location: 5999 Harpers Farm Rd, Suite E-200, Columbia, MD 21044
Contact: (410) 992-1923, http://www.firnonline.org

HIAS Global Headquarters (Silver Spring)

Areas of legal assistance: Asylum applications, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Types of legal assistance: Filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
Location: 1300 Spring Street, Suite 500, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Contact: (301) 844-7248, http://www.hias.org

International Rescue Committee (Silver Spring Office)

Areas of legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Consular Processing, Family-based petitions, Naturalization/Citizenship
Types of legal assistance: Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS
Location: 8719 Colesville Rd, 3rd Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Contact: (301) 562-8633, http://www.rescue.org

International Rescue Committee – Baltimore Resettlement Center (Baltimore Office)

Areas of legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Consular Processing, Family-based petitions, Naturalization/Citizenship
Types of legal assistance: Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS
Location: 3516 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224
Contact: (410) 558-3260, http://www.rescue.org

Justice For Our Neighbors (Baltimore Office)

Areas of legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Consular Processing, Employment authorization, Family-based petitions, NACARA, Naturalization/Citizenship, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Types of legal assistance: Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Federal court appeals
Location: 3405 Gough Street, Baltimore, MD 21224
Contact: (301)-920-0507, http://www.dcmdjfon.org

Justice for Our Neighbors (Gaithersburg Office)

Areas of legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Consular Processing, Employment authorization, Family-based petitions, NACARA, Naturalization/Citizenship, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Types of legal assistance: Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
Location: 9008 Rosemont Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Contact: (301)-920-0507, http://www.dcmdjfon.org

Justice For Our Neighbors (Hyattsville Office)

Areas of legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Consular Processing, Employment authorization, Family-based petitions, NACARA, Naturalization/Citizenship, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Types of legal assistance: Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Federal court appeals
Location: 6201 Belcrest Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20782
Contact: (301)-920-0507, http://www.dcmdjfon.org

Justice For Our Neighbors (Silver Spring Office)

Areas of legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Consular Processing, Employment authorization, Family-based petitions, NACARA, Naturalization/Citizenship, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Types of legal assistance: Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
Location: P.O. Box 3398, Silver Spring, MD 20918
Contact: (301)-920-0507, http://www.dcmdjfon.org

Kids in Need of Defense (Baltimore Office)

Areas of legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, U visas
Types of legal assistance: Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court
Location: 1800 N. Charles Street, Suite 810, The Walbert Building, Baltimore, MD 21201
Contact: (443) 470-9437, http://www.supportkind.org

Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault –

Sexual Assault Legal Institute

Areas of legal assistance: T visas, U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Types of legal assistance: Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS
Location: P.O. Box 8782, Silver Spring, MD 20907
Contact: (301) 565-2277, http://www.mcasa.org

Sexual Assault / Spouse Abuse Resource Center (SARC)

Areas of legal assistance: T visas, U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Location: PO Box 1207, Bel Air, MD 21014
Contact: (410) 836-8430, http://www.sarc-maryland.org/about

Spanish Speaking Community of Maryland, Inc.

Areas of legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Employment authorization, Family-based petitions, NACARA, Naturalization/Citizenship, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Types of legal assistance: Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Federal court appeals
Location: 8519 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901
Contact: (301) 587-7217, http://spanishcommunityofmd.org

 Tahirih Justice Center (Baltimore Office)

Areas of legal assistance: Asylum applications, Consular Processing, Employment authorization, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Types of legal assistance: Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
Location: 201 N Charles St., Suite 920, Baltimore, MD 21202
Contact: (410) 999-1900, http://www.tahirih.org

 


Social Justice Advocacy Resources

 

UndocuBlack Network (UBN)

http://undocublack.org

“A multigenerational network of currently and formerly undocumented Black people that fosters community, facilitates access resources and contributes to transforming the realities of our people… We are establishing a mental wellness initiative to underscore and address the trauma that our community experiences.”

The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)

http://nakasec.org

A grassroots organization founded in 1994 by local community centers to project a progressive voice and promote the full participation of Korean and Asian Americans within the larger society.  Our mission is to organize Korean and Asian Americans to achieve social, economic, and racial justice.

Define America

https://defineamerican.com

A non-profit media and culture organization that uses the power of story to transcend politics and shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America

Inside Out Dreamers

http://www.insideoutproject.net/en

http://www.insideoutproject.net/dreamers

“A global participatory art project that gives everyone the opportunity to share their portrait and express what they stand for. Common themes are hope, diversity, gender-based violence, and climate change.”

United We Dream

https://unitedwedream.org

The largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation that advocates for the fair treatment of immigrant communities through campaigns and workshops on leadership and organizing.

Here To Stay

http://weareheretostay.org

A platform in which immigrants are empowered to share their life experiences.

My Undocumented Life

https://mydocumentedlife.org/2017/09/07/call-to-action-what-you-can-do-to-support-undocumented-young-adults-with-and-without-daca

“A blog with up-to-date information and resources to undocumented immigrants. We post scholarship opportunities that are open to undocumented students, strategies for navigating the educational system, information on how to apply for DACA, news on immigration policies, and much more.

 


Additional Resources/Scholarships

 

American Council on Education (ACE)

http://www.acenet.edu/Pages/Protect-Dreamers-Higher-Education-Coalition.aspx

As part of the Protect Dreamers Higher Education Coalition, it has information and resources to help students, faculty and staff advocate on behalf of dreamers.

College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students

https://www.iacac.org/undocumented

Compiled information for undocumented students, including admissions and financial aid information.

National Association of College Admission Counseling

https://www.nacacnet.org/knowledge-center/undocumented-students

College Board

https://www.nacacnet.org/knowledge-center/undocumented-students

Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)

https://www.ilrc.org

Provides legal trainings, educational materials, and advocacy to advance immigrant rights

National Immigration Law Center (NILC)

https://www.nilc.org

Defends and advances the rights of immigrants with low income.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)

http://www.maldef.org

This civil rights organization, which has fought for the rights of the Latino community since 1968, provides several scholarships for students who want to take up the cause.

Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)

http://www.e4fc.org

Seeking to fill resource gaps for undocumented students and to help them reach their educational, professional, and personal goals. E4FC provides frequently updated lists of scholarships for undocumented students at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Scholarship Information: Student Affairs at University of Illinois

https://oiir.illinois.edu/la-casa-cultural-latina/resources/resources-dreamers

Scholarship: Golden Door Scholars

https://www.goldendoorscholars.org

Scholarship: TheDream.US

http://www.thedream.us/scholarships

Scholarship database for Hispanic/Latino students

http://www.bestcolleges.com/financial-aid/hispanic-latino-scholarships

Pre-Health Dreamers

http://e4fc.org/prehealthdreamers.html