Immigrant Justice

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Among those most vulnerable to exploitation in our community are immigrant children and their families. Human trafficking, domestic abuse and discrimination are all significant issues affecting local immigrant populations, and vital services are often out of reach for those whose immigration statuses are insecure. At LSSP, we are able to offer legal services to immigrants regardless of status to ensure that vulnerable families are protected.

LSSP’s immigrant justice legal assistance seeks to protect low-income, non-English-speaking, Latino residents and immigrants of other national origins from exploitation. Listed below are services offered specifically for immigrants; however, all of LSSP’s services are available to immigrants, regardless of immigration status.

Our services focus on:

1. Providing individual legal assistance to

    • Aid victims of family abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking and gender-based violence
    • Enforce rights to habitable housing and prevent discrimination or eviction
    • Stabilize the immigration status of clients

2. Educating community service agencies and schools concerning the legal rights of immigrants and assisting those agencies in serving immigrants.

3. Educating immigrants regarding their rights in family, housing, consumer and public benefits law

4. Participating in systemic advocacy against discriminatory legislation and practices that harm immigrants and promoting the rights and welfare of immigrants and immigrant communities

Case work

Immigration

  • U and T visas for victims of trafficking and violent crimes
  • VAWA petitions
  • Removal defense
  • Asylum claims
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
  • Consular processing
  • DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
  • Adjustment of status
  • Prosecutorial discretion
  • NACARA
  • Temporary Protected Status

Family law

  • Domestic violence
  • Limited child custody

Housing law

  • Ensuring minimal habitability standards
  • Preventing discrimination
  • Defending evictions in rental housing

Referrals for other civil legal matters

Projects

The Immigration Assistance Project assists unrepresented immigrants in Charlotte’s Immigration Court by providing consultation, education and referrals.

The Legal Orientation Program for Custodians (LOPC) provides outreach, information and education to potential custodians of unaccompanied children who are in immigration removal proceedings.

The Safe Release Support Program fingerprints potential custodians of unaccompanied immigrant children and provides ORR/DUCS Family Reunification Packet counseling to potential custodians.

The Safe Child Immigrant Project assists unrepresented child immigrants in Charlotte’s Immigration Court by providing consultation, education, referrals and, in some cases, representation.

Eligibility

There are no citizenship or immigration status requirements for those seeking legal assistance. LSSP provides individual representation for immigration cases in Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Stanly, Union, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancy counties. For all other case types, LSSP provides individual representation in Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, and Union counties with some limited assistance in the other counties.

Client Stories

Maria – Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

Carla – U Visa

Marta – Special Immigrant Juvenile Status