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.