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Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project
WELCOME! The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) provides free and low-cost immigration information and legal assistance to low-income Maine residents. ILAP helps Maines immigrants keep their families together, gain protection from persecution and domestic violence, attain residency and work authorization, and become proud U.S. citizens. ILAP builds stable families and improved opportunities, allowing Maines immigrants to contribute to their communities for generations to come. ILAP is proud to uphold our nations immigrant tradition.

ILAP is proud to announce we have been granted $5000 from the Maine Women's Fund for our work with immigrant survivors of domestic violence and trafficking helping them gain legal status. We are grateful for the support of the Maine Women's Fund and look forward to partnering with them and other grantees so we can share our knowledge base and findings.
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Congratulations to ILAP's BIA Accredited Representative Andrea Summers! Andi has been granted approval from the Board of Immigration Appeals for her Full Accreditation, assigning her credentials to represent clients in removal hearings.

Testimony in Augusta ILAP Executive Director Sue Roche and Board member Maxwell Chikuta testified recently with other opponents to a proposed rules change that would eliminate new Mainers from accessing General Assistance. View video of all the testimony here.




to ILAP Pro Bono attorney David Kreisler of Terry Garmey & Associates who won a defensive asylum case before the Boston Immigration Court for an Ethiopian individual that fled Ethiopia to escape persecution.

Welcome to our newest ILAP staff Philip Mantis and Olivia Orr! ILAP is proud to announce the addition of two new staff members, Asylum Coordinator Attorney Phil Mantis and Development and Program Associate Olivia Orr in February. Read their bios here.

ILAP Executive Director Susan Roche and UMaine Law Professor Anna Welch wrote a piece on comprehensive immigration reform in the Portland Press Herald. Read it here.

After a year of work, ILAP’s Pro Se Manual has arrived! This Manual provides a step-by-step guide to applying for asylum in the United States (U.S.) for individuals without lawyers.



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