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ImmigrationLawHelp.org - Pennsylvania Organizations

ImmigrationLawHelp.org is a searchable online directory of over 1,000 free or low-cost nonprofit immigration legal services providers in all 50 states. Only nonprofits that are BIA recognized or have attorneys on staff are included in the directory. Users can search ImmigrationLawHelp.org by state, zip code, or detention facility. Users can also refine their search by types and areas of legal assistance provided, populations served, languages spoken, other areas of legal assistance, and non-legal services provided. ImmigrationLawHelp.org was developed by the Immigration Advocates Network and Pro Bono Net with support from the Four Freedoms Fund.

Online Detainee Locator System

The Online Detainee Locator System (ODLS) is a publicly accessible, Web-based system owned by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ODLS allows the public to conduct online Internet-based queries to locate persons detained by ICE for civil violations of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Federal Court Finder

Find a federal court location by location or court name, including appellate, district, bankruptcy, probation and pretrial office, or federal defender organization. Each District Court has its own local forms which are generally available on the Court website.

Family Residential Standards (FRS): Program Philosophy, Goals, and Expected Outcomes

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) family residential program promotes family unity by allowing parents and legal guardians and their children to remain together in a familyfriendly environment while meeting their legal obligations in ICE custody. ICE’s family residential program ensures the Federal Government meets its obligations under current law, court orders, and regulations while demonstrating ICE’s commitment to maintaining family integrity.

National Detainee Handbook

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) National Detainee Handbook was designed to standardize the essential ICE-related information that is disseminated to all ICE detainees. The purpose of the handbook is to provide an overview of the general rules, regulations, policies, and procedures that detainees are required to follow while in ICE custody.

2019 National Detention Standards for Non-Dedicated Facilities

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a federal agency charged with enforcing the nation’s immigration laws in a fair and effective manner. ICE identifies, apprehends, detains, and removes individuals who are amenable to removal from the United States. ICE uses its immigration detention authority to effectuate this mission by securing individuals in custody while they await the outcome of their immigration proceedings and/or removal from the United States. This revision of ICE’s National Detention Standards (NDS) reflects the agency’s ongoing commitment to working with its state and local partners to enforce immigration laws and improve public safety and national security. (2019)

Online Detainee Locator System

The Online Detainee Locator System (ODLS) is a publicly accessible, Web-based system owned by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ODLS allows the public to conduct online Internet-based queries to locate persons detained by ICE for civil violations of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Fact Sheets

Listing of Fact Sheets available from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Enforcement and Removal, Homeland Security Investigations and Management and Administration.

Find Legal Help for Unaccompanied Minors in Immigration

The Unaccompanied Children Resource Center maintains a directory of free and low-cost immigration legal services providers that can be searched by state, county or zip code, as well as information about what happens in immigration court and information on requirements to secure status in certain special circumstances.

How to defend your own case/Como defender su propio caso

These self-help materials are designed for detainees to use in representing themselves when applying for some common forms of legal relief from removal. Please note they are written for detainees in Arizona and most were last updated in 2013, with support from the American College of Trial Lawyers Emil Gumpert Award. These publications are meant to provide useful basic information about immigration law and detention in removal in Arizona and were created in the course of the Florence Project’s work. Under no circumstances do they constitute legal advice.

Immigration Detention FAQs

The purpose of this document from Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center is to provide general information and education to the friends and family members of people in immigration detention at York County Prison. Where possible, information has been included for other immigration detention facilities in Pennsylvania. No information shared in these FAQs constitutes an endorsement or guarantee, but rather general information that PIRC understands to be accurate at the time of publication. PIRC does not control and is not responsible for linked information.

immi - Search for Legal Help

Immi helps immigrants in the U.S. understand their legal options. Our online screening tool, legal information, and referrals to nonprofit legal services organizations are always free to use. Immi works with legal aid organizations across the U.S. to connect immigrants to legal help. Enter your address or zip code to see a list of organizations in your area.

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