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Our hiStory

Immigration Legal Services enables clients to obtain or maintain lawful immigration status such as permanent residency, DACA, citizenship, etc.

THE IMMIGRANT CONNECTION MOVEMENT

The Immigrant Connection movement was born out of a group of diverse community leaders from around the country who committed themselves to addressing the unique needs of immigrant families. They saw clearly how the lack of immigration legal services was causing severe distress, loss of opportunity, and increasing insecurity for immigrant families, so they committed themselves to finding a way to serve immigrant families through Immigration Legal Services.  

LEGAL SERVICE SITES

The first Immigrant Connection site was launched in 2014 in a small community church in Logansport, Indiana through the Department of Justice Recognition & Accreditation (DOJ R&A) program. This program allows non-profit entities to become DOJ-recognized immigration legal service providers that can staff DOJ-accredited legal representatives.

Legal representatives are non-attorney practitioners who are authorized by the DOJ to practice immigration law.

Since launching our first site, Immigrant Connection has been mobilizing, equipping, and resourcing local churches to provide immigration legal services in their own communities and regions.  

THE LEGAL NETWORK

The Immigrant Connection Legal Network is made up of 24 Local Sites across the nation with 43 DOJ-accredited legal representatives and over 50 additional staff persons.

Immigrant Connection is currently the largest and fastest-growing church-based immigration legal service network in the country. 

THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION

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In 2020, the Immigrant Connection grassroots movement progressed to becoming its own national organization with non-profit designation. The National Board of Directors was established for the organization, and the National Team has grown to meet the needs of our expanding network of sites. 

Since 2014, Immigrant Connection has served over 18,500 immigrant families throughout the US. 

DIRECTOR'S REPORTS

2022 State of the Org

Zoom Briefing