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Humanitarian-based Immigration Resources

The Ombudsman’s Office strives to provide the public with quick links to information and resources to help you find the information you need. Is there something missing? Is there information that you are still not able to find?

Please visit General Immigration Resources or Employment-based Immigration Resources, or if you still need more information, let us know at CIS

Finding Legal Service Providers

The Office of the Chief Immigration Judge with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) maintains information about organizations and attorneys that provide free or low cost legal services and/or referrals for such services to indigent individuals in immigration proceedings.

Online Forms

Resources for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

For Asylum Seekers

For Refugees

Resources for Other Humanitarian Benefit-based Relief

Additional Government Resources by Agency

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  • DHS Blue Campaign
    The DHS Blue Campaign harnesses and leverages the varied authorities and resources of the Department of Homeland Security to deter human trafficking by increasing awareness, protecting victims, and contributing to a robust criminal justice response.
  • DHS Human Trafficking Resource Page
    The DHS Human Trafficking Resource Page maintains information for all DHS resources related to trafficking.
  • Victim Assistance Program
    The Victim Assistance Program at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) helps coordinate services to help human trafficking victims, such as crisis intervention, counseling and emotional support.
  • Online Detainee Locator System
    Locate a detainee who is currently in ICE custody, or who was released from ICE custody for any reason within the last 60 days.
  • The DHS U Visa Law Enforcement Certification Resource Guide
    This Guide provides law enforcement officials information about U visa requirements, the law enforcement certification process, and answers to frequently asked questions in an effort to better support investigations and prosecutions involving qualified immigrant victims of crime.

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of Justice

  • Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR)
    Provides links to immigration courts nationwide and to the Immigration Court Practice Manual.
  • EOIR Virtual Law Library
    The EOIR Virtual Law Library includes links to essential legal resources for immigration legal research and links to related agencies.
  • Immigration Judge Benchbook 
    The Immigration Judge Benchbook is a tool for immigration judges that shares useful information to assist immigration judges with the adjudication of immigration cases.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • Office of Refugee Resettlement 
    Assistance to refugees and other eligible persons through its various programs and grants so that they can achieve self-sufficiency and integration within the shortest time period after arriving in the United States.
  • State Refugee Coordinators
    Contact information for State-administered and State-alternative programs for refugee resettlement and assistance.

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Social Security Administration

U.S. Department of the Treasury (Internal Revenue Service)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) 
    The UNHCR serves persons who are stateless or internally displaced by finding durable solutions for them. Among those options are applying for refugee status in the United States.
  • Refworld 
    A collection of reports relating to situations in countries of origin, policy documents and positions, and documents relating to international and national legal frameworks.
Last Published Date: August 25, 2020

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