Areas of Expertise

The ILRC is a national expert on a wide range of issue areas. The ILRC’s special areas of expertise include:


  • Family-based immigration visas and adjustment of status
  • Family unity policy
  • Naturalization and citizenship
  • Political asylum
  • Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA)
  • Deportation and inadmissibility
  • Immigration consequences of criminal convictions
  • Cancellation of removal
  • Waivers of the grounds of inadmissibility and deportability
  • Immigration relief for abused immigrant women and children
  • Combating immigration consultant fraud committed against newcomers


The services that ILRC provides include:

  • On-site technical assistance and case review
  • Attorney of the Day phone, e-mail & fax technical assistance
  • Training and seminars
  • Manuals and other publications
  • Policy and legal analysis, advocacy and reform
  • Listserves and a website for practitioners
  • Technical and policy assistance to social change movements
  • Litigation support on select cases
  • Media outreach
  • Grassroots capacity building

Encouraging Civic Participation and Leadership

Beyond its role as a traditional resource center, the ILRC is committed to helping newcomers develop civic participation and leadership skills. This area of effort includes:

  • Training community based agencies to develop the leadership potential of their immigrant clients as a way to strengthen capacity.
  • Educating newcomers of all ages about citizenship, democratic government, civic participation, media outreach and other social change activities.
  • Partnering with activists and organizers and offering legal consultations and referrals at community meetings.
  • Providing legal and policy analysis on immigration issues and organizational support for immigrant-led grassroots groups.