Immigrant Justice Project

Immigrant Justice Project


The City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Justice Project (IJP) assists asylum seekers fleeing persecution in their home countries, survivors of violent crimes and trafficking here in the United States, and individuals seeking humanitarian protection and other forms of relief.

We harness the capacity of New York City’s legal community to ensure access to life changing forms of immigration relief.  By recruiting, training, and mentoring pro bono attorneys, we leverage the work of our IJP team to assist immigrants experiencing poverty or who would not otherwise be able to afford high-quality legal representation.

Our staff and volunteer attorneys represent clients before U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”), the Executive Office for Immigration Review (“EOIR”), including both the immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”), and the federal courts. Our free legal services include:

  • Legal protections for victims of violence, including domestic violence and sexual assault;
  • Visas for immigrant victims of human trafficking;
  • Asylum representation;
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications;
  • Temporary Protected Status applications; and
  • Other forms of immigration relief.

In addition to comprehensive legal services, our IJP team seeks to further serve and empower immigrants and their families through targeted outreach. We meet immigrants where they are by partnering with community-based groups to provide informational and advocacy updates, “know your rights” presentations, and legal clinics.

To get help from the Immigrant Justice Project, call 212-382-6710.

Jennifer Kim directs the Immigrant Justice Project. Caitlin Miner-Le Grand serves as its deputy director. Lucia Damerau is the Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy Fellow. Karla Galiano Herrera and Elena Pastreich are the project coordinators.

To learn more about our work, please watch our 2018 Gala video:


Watch our 2016 video:

For basic immigration resources, click here.

Not sure if this is the right project? Contact our free Legal Hotline at 212-626-7383.

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