The Immigration Assistance Project aids unrepresented immigrants in Charlotte’s Immigration Court, providing consultation, education and referrals to protect them from exploitation. Since its creation in 2010 by the Immigration Working Group, it has served as a vital legal resource that is found in few immigration courts.
The project focuses on:
- Providing pro bono consultation from qualified attorneys in Charlotte’s Immigration Court
- Educating immigrants on legal rights and relief options to prevent exploitation
- Connecting immigrants with essential services and resources
- Intake screening
- On-site consultation by pro bono attorneys
- Educational resource distribution
- Referral to services
- Limited appearances for some immigrants
IAP volunteers occupy the pro bono room at the Charlotte Immigration Court daily and offer consultation and education to immigrants who may be unaware of their immigration relief options and unable to pay for legal services.