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The Advocates for Human Rights
The Advocates for Human Rights provides free legal services to low-income asylum seekers in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota; connects formerly-detained families with legal services through the National Asylum Help Line; and provides technical assistance and support to attorneys nationwide. The Advocates for Human Rights helps coordinate the Minnesota Detention Project and Juvenile Docket Screening Project to ensure access to legal services at the Fort Snelling Immigration Court.
During COVID-19, our physical offices are closed, but our client intake line remains open and we continue to provide intake, opportunities for training and volunteering for pro bono attorneys, and pro bono services to trafficking victims, asylum seekers, and people in immigration detention.
|Detention Facilities Served:||Carver County Jail (MN), Freeborn County Adult Detention Center (MN), Nobles County Jail (MN), Ramsey County Adult Detention Center (MN), Sherburne County Facility (MN), Grand Forks County Correctional Facility (ND), Pennington County Jail (SD)|
|Are immigration legal services provided?||Yes|
|Areas of immigration legal assistance:||Asylum applications, Habeas Corpus, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas|
|Types of immigration legal services provided:||Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, 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), Legal Orientation Programs (LOP) / Know Your Rights Presentations (KYR), Legislative advocacy (state or national), Referrals to other services|
|Populations served:||Detained individuals, 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:||English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, Somali, Tetun|
|Access to a commercial interpreting service or language bank:||Yes|
|Nominal fee charged?||No|
|Other information:||Client intake line: (612) 341-9845. The Advocates for Human Rights represents clients from Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.|