New Website Helps Low-Income Immigrants Find Legal Help
New York, January 5, 2011 – Immigrants seeking legal help can now access a new website that provides information about more than 900 free or low-cost nonprofit immigration legal services providers in all 50 states. The most comprehensive resource of its kind, ImmigrationLawHelp.org (www.immigrationlawhelp.org) helps low-income immigrants find legal help by geographic area, type of legal assistance provided, and languages spoken.
The website was created by the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN), a collaborative effort of leading immigrants’ rights organizations, and Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit that works to increase access to justice through innovative uses of technology, and one of IAN’s founders. It was developed with support from the Four Freedoms Fund.
ImmigrationLawHelp.org is a unique resource that helps address the lack of information available to low-income immigrants by providing reliable, up-to-date listings of nonprofit immigration legal services providers. In addition to basic contact information, the website allows users to find organizations by languages spoken, types of legal and other services provided, and specific areas of legal assistance. The website is available in English and Spanish.
”ImmigrationLawHelp.org illustrates the potential of technology to distribute critical information to those in need,” said Mark O’Brien, Executive Director of Pro Bono Net. “The site will also enable librarians, social services providers and others to more easily assist immigrants looking for legal services.”
“This is an important resource that, for the first time, opens the door to the hundreds of charitable legal organizations for low-income immigrants seeking legal services online,” said Matthew Burnett, Director of the Immigration Advocates Network. “ImmigrationLawHelp.org provides a comprehensive resource to ensure that immigrants in need of legal assistance find the services that meet their specific needs.”
About Immigration Advocates Network
Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) is a collaborative effort of leading immigrants’ rights organizations designed to increase access to justice for low-income immigrants and strengthen the capacity of organizations serving them. IAN promotes more effective and efficient communication and collaboration among immigration advocates and organizations by providing free, easily accessible and comprehensive online resources and tools. IAN’s partners include the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, American Bar Association Commission on Immigration, American Immigration Council, American Immigration Lawyers Association, ASISTA, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, National Immigration Law Center, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, Pro Bono Net, and the Advocates for Human Rights. For more information, visit www.immigrationadvocates.org.
About Pro Bono Net
Pro Bono Net is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to justice through innovative uses of technology and increased volunteer lawyer participation. Pro Bono Net uses innovative web-based platforms—www.probono.net, www.lawhelp.org and www.lawhelpinteractive.org —to recruit and support volunteer lawyers and provide direct information and tools for self representation to low-income communities. For more information, visit www.probono.net.