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WELCOME! The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) provides free and low-cost immigration information and legal assistance to low-income Maine residents. ILAP helps Maine's 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 Maine's immigrants to contribute to their communities for generations to come. ILAP is proud to uphold our nation's immigrant tradition.

SAVE THE DATE for CeleSoiree! ILAP presents our 11th Annual celebration of immigration through the arts- this year through circus arts- Friday March 27, 2015. Join the Cirque-style fun at Ocean gateway for high flying fun with Portland's Circus Conservatory of America, live music and a sumptuous international buffet from locally owned ethnic restaurants. Tickets on sale here starting January 15!

ILAP has created a one page summary on President Obama's executive action. Click here to view the informational PDF in English. French and Spanish versions are coming soon!

The influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America to the US has put some people in panic. As with every migration, there is a cause. Watch this video for an explanation of why children are fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras in droves.

Good news for asylum applicants who were improperly denied subsidies! View a detailed flyer here.

Two Maine mayors will join immigrants, advocates, and faith leaders for a press conference this Saturday, June 28 at 10:00 a.m. in Deering Oaks Park to call on the state to reject the Governor’s proposal to deny General Assistance (GA) to asylum seekers and other immigrants. Click here to view the details of the press release. ILAP is a founding member of MIRC.

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.




ILAP knows many of our donors give at the end of the year, and this year we have a way for you to double your donation through a matching gift from the Cotsirilos Family Foundation until December 31. This generous gift will match any new or increased amount from 2013 received between now and the end of the year, up to $20,000. You can donate online securely and easily right now- click on the Donate button at the top right of this page! Thanks for your help to meet this challenge- any amount makes a difference.

Don't forget to check out the new video on our home page!
Yugu Yobo tells his story and shares how ILAP helped his family.

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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