RILA seeks to holistically support immigrants in our community by providing excellent, pro bono immigration legal assistance to those who are most vulnerable and with the fewest resources.
What We Do
Represent asylum seekers in Immigration Court and the Asylum Office
Pursue Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
Submit Work Authorizations
Help immigrant families better understand their individual situations and the immigration benefits for which they may be eligible
Submitting these application to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement allows our clients to pursue gainful employment while asylum case is pending.
RILA families represent countries in Central and South America, Africa, and Asia, the Middle East, and most of them are fleeing persecution and inescapable violence in their home countries.
For each case that would cost up to $10,000 at a private law firm, RILA gives the gift of legal representation 100% free of charge for those who otherwise could not afford the fees.
We have been continually blessed to become part of our clients’ stories. Read below for just a few stories from those we serve, discussing their experiences with immigration, family, and how RILA has made an impact on their lives.
What do you do when your child is in danger? Carlos’s town was overrun by the MS-13 gang and the drugs they trafficked. When his 14-year-old son, Nico, was followed home from school by a gang member and then assaulted for running away, Carlos didn’t know what to do: “Now that Nico had resisted MS-13, he was in imminent danger.”
Upon graduating from high school, Manuel was pressured to join a gang, which he had grown up seeing extort money from public bus passengers. “At first I didn’t understand why they wanted me since I had never done anything bad. I had only focused on studying and going to church…I think they wanted to recruit me because I was trying to forge a future for myself.”
After two and half years and over 175 clients served, we are acutely aware that there is more need for asylum representation than RILA can currently meet. In fact, we have had to slow down intake—and stop at times—because there’s simply not enough capacity. Because of this great need, we successfully filed for 501(c)(3) status. Now, we need to build partnerships with people like you who care about the most vulnerable among us.
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