What We Do

Founded in 1979 by Bill Ong Hing, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is a national, non-profit resource center that provides legal trainings, educational materials, and advocacy to advance immigrant rights. The mission of the ILRC is to work with and educate immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector to continue to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people.

Legal Professionals & Advocates

Trainings and Seminars: ILRC staff attorneys conduct seminars and webinars on a wide range of topics that affect the immigrant community.

Publications: ILRC publishes some of the top reference manuals on immigration law.

Technical Assistance: Our unique, nationwide Attorney of the Day (AOD) consultation service provides legal assistance to attorneys, staff of non-profit organizations, public defenders, and other immigrant practitioners.


Community Advocacy: ILRC assists immigrant groups in understanding immigration law and the democratic process in the United States, enabling them to advocate for better policies in immigration law, health care, community safety, and other issues that affect their communities.

Leadership Training: ILRC trains immigrant leaders how to be more effective advocates for their communities.

Know Your Rights Presentations: ILRC attorneys conduct “know your rights” training events with immigrant-based organizations to inform immigrants about their rights under the immigration laws and the United States Constitution. This training includes information and resources on, how to protect themselves from becoming victims of immigration fraud, changes in immigration law and policy, and a host of other issues that affect their lives.

Laws, Policies, and Practice

Monitoring Changes in Immigration Law: ILRC attorneys are experts in the field of immigration law, stay on top of frequent changes in immigration case law and policy, and inform our constituents of those changes as soon as they occur.

Policies: ILRC conducts ongoing dialogues between Immigration Service officials and the community agency representatives to help ensure that government policies and procedures are more reasonable and fair, and to make sure that information about these policies is provided to the immigrant advocacy community in a timely manner.

Advocacy: ILRC advocates for reasonable changes in immigration law to get closer to our ideal of a system that will recognize the contributions immigrants make to our society, respect their dignity, and insure a workable, secure, and humane immigration system.


Beyond Traditional Lawyering

To read the monograph detailing the ILRC's work on social change lawyering, please download the following file:

A Case Study of the ILRC

Legal Services Support Centers and Rebellious Advocacy: A Case Study of the Immigrant Legal  Resource Center, by Bill Hing.