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Contact:

Pat Malone
Associate Director, Immigration Advocates Network
pmalone@immigrationadvocates.org
(212) 781-2140


Online Tool Helps Immigrants Protect Their Future

NEW YORK, NY (February 1, 2018) One year ago, the Immigration Advocates Network and Pro Bono Net launched immi, a free online tool to help immigrants know their rights, understand their legal options, and access civil legal aid to avoid risk of deportation.

In the past year, the site has had more than 100,000 visitors, 9,000 of whom have generated legal options for staying in the United States by using immi's online screening interview. Studies suggest that of the 11 million undocumented people in this country, 1.5 million may be eligible to pursue legal relief through such options as: family-based petitions, asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and others. Immi helps immigrants learn about these options and connect with reputable civil legal aid organizations to pursue legal relief.

"The current Administration is ending Temporary Protected Status for hundreds of thousands of people, and the future of DACA is uncertain," said Pat Malone, Associate Director of the Immigration Advocates Network. "Our goal is to help as many immigrants as possible get the information and legal assistance they need to protect themselves and their families."

"Now is the time to explore other options for immigration status. The screening interview is a safe, private way for people to learn more," said Eric Cohen, Executive Director of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC). The ILRC helped develop the interview.

Immi was created by the Immigration Advocates Network and Pro Bono Net, nonprofit organizations dedicated to increasing access to justice for low-income immigrants and other vulnerable populations through innovative and effective technology. The Immigrant Legal Resource Center provided additional legal expertise and review.

Immi is available in Spanish and English. To learn more, visit https://www.immi.org.
 


About Immi

Immi helps immigrants in the U.S. to know their rights and understand their legal options. Our online screening tool, legal information, and referrals to nonprofit legal aid organizations are always free to use.

About Immigration Advocates Network
The 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'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, The Advocates for Human Rights, and UnidosUS. To learn more, visit www.immigrationadvocates.org.

About Pro Bono Net

Pro Bono Net is a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to justice for the disadvantaged. Through innovative technology solutions and expertise in building and mobilizing justice networks, Pro Bono Net transforms the way legal help reaches those in need. Its programs and technology empower the public with information and self-help tools to improve their lives, equip advocates with the resources to make a stronger impact, and mobilize volunteers to expand help available. To learn more, visit www.probono.net.

About Immigrant Legal Resource Center

The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) works with and educates immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector to continue to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people.  To learn more, visit www.ilrc.org

 

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