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Human Rights First (Washington, D.C. Office)

  • Location:
    805 15th Street NW
    Suite 900
    Washington, DC 20005
  • Phone:
    (202) 547-5692
  • Fax:
    (202) 543-5999
  • Contact methods:
    Fax, Mail/Letter, Phone calls, If you have a fear-based claim, call our asylum voicemail at (202) 370-3313
  • Appointments accepted:
    No

Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. We believe American leadership is essential in the global struggle for human rights, so we press the U.S. government and private companies to respect human rights and the rule of law. When they fail, we step in to demand reform, accountability and justice. Around the world, we work where we can best harness American influence to secure core freedoms.

We know it is not enough to expose and protest injustice, so we create the political environment and policy solutions necessary to ensure consistent respect for human rights. Whether we are protecting refugees, combating torture, or defending persecuted minorities, we focus not on making a point, but on making a difference. For almost 40 years, we have built bipartisan coalitions and teamed up with frontline activists and lawyers to tackle global challenges that demand American leadership.

Human Rights First's Refugee Representation team seeks to promote human rights at home by assisting people fleeing persecution abroad. We achieve this goal by partnering with pro bono lawyers to help their clients access legal safeguards in the United States, while leveraging our expertise to enable those lawyers to become exceptional asylum advocates.

State served: District of Columbia
Detention Facilities Served: Alexandria City Jail (VA)

Services Provided

Are immigration legal services provided? Yes
Areas of immigration legal assistance: Asylum applications, Removal hearings
Types of immigration legal services provided: Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Federal court appeals
Non-legal services: Administrative advocacy (CIS/ICE/CBP), Legislative advocacy (state or national), Referrals to other services
Populations served: Domestic Violence Victims, Farm workers, Human Trafficking Survivors, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Individuals with criminal histories, Individuals with physical/mental disabilities, Juveniles, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Torture survivors
Languages spoken: Amharic, Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Tigrinya
Access to a commercial interpreting service or language bank: Yes
Nominal fee charged? No
Other information: Our services are available for asylum or fear-based claims only. We cannot assist with other forms of immigration relief. Our Washington D.C. Office is able to serve clients who live in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

ciri partners

  • asian americans advancing justice
  • american immigration council
  • afl cio
  • american immigration council
  • american immigration lawyers association
  • the center for popular democracy
  • catholic immigration network
  • center for migration studies
  • fair immigration reform movement
  • farmworker justice
  • immigration advocates network
  • immigration legal resource center
  • naleo educational fund
  • national alliance of latin american and caribbean communities
  • national council of la raza
  • national day laborer organizing network
  • national immigrant justice center
  • national immigration law center
  • national immigration project
  • picon national network
  • picon national network
  • ufw foundation
  • unite here!
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  • women for common sense immigration reform
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