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Our Mission:

Advocate.

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.

 

  • Thank you so much for all your efforts on my behalf. I can never repay you for it. May the all powerful God in his splendor shower you with grace and blessings in the name of Jesus.
    — RILA Client, December 2018
  • When I heard about RILA, I knew I had to help.
    — Cecelia, Volunteer
  • I came into my volunteer role with RILA with one way of thinking about immigrants and came out with friends and a new perspective.
    — Michael, Volunteer Note-Taker
  • I'm passionate about helping our clients understand and feel comfortable, not only about their legal situation but also giving them hope and peace that they don't need to be scared. They are not alone.
    — Helen, Volunteer Translator
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Our Mission

Compelled by God’s love and rooted in faith, RILA seeks to be a haven for immigrant families by honoring the dignity and worth of all people and providing advocacy with compassion.

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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

 

80+

work authorization
applications submitted

Submitting these application to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement allows our clients to pursue gainful employment while asylum case is pending.

 

150+

Families HELPED

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.

 
 

100%

Cost covered

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.

 
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RILA Stories

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.

 

CARLOS’ STORY

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.”

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MANUEL’S STORY

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.”

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Get Involved

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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Volunteer at a clinic

We always need help (from both lawyers and non-lawyers) during clinics, in which we discuss cases face-to-face with clients.

Make a Donation

We have a goal to raise $200,000 in operating expenses for the next year, and every little bit helps.

 

From Welcoming the stranger:

"Caring for immigrants is a central theme in Scripture....God does not suggest that we welcome immigrants; he commands it--not once or twice, but over and over again."

by matthew soerens & Jenny hwang