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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.
ANNOUNCEMENTS/EVENTS

11/2014
Join ILAP, Maine-Wabanaki REACH, the TRC and United to End Genocide for a FREE event at USM/Portland’s Hannaford Hall 11/20 at 5:30 pm called “Genocide and ME: Shining the Light of Truth”. Speakers include former US Representative from Maine Tom Andrews, Rwandan genocide survivor Monique Mutumwinka, and Maine Wabanaki historian Maria Girouard. The evening includes art, poetry, music and a youth perspective from Falmouth High School students. No reservations necessary, simply come join the learning and discussion.

8/2014
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.

7/2014
Good news for asylum applicants who were improperly denied subsidies! View a detailed flyer here.

7/2014
ILAP is pleased to announce a matching grant from the Clowes Fund that can make a new donation or increased amount from 2013 turn into double the amount you give! Between July 1 and November 1, ILAP will be encouraging donations to help meet this matching grant, up to $15,000. You can give right now by clicking the Donate button at the top of the screen, or send a check to PO Box 17917, Portland ME 04112. Also, look for the giving envelope in our Summer Newsletter. Thanks to the Clowes Fund - and you -for supporting ILAP

6/2014
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.

4/2014
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.
Read about it here

1/2014
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.

1/2014
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.

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LATEST NEWS

11/2014
Thank You to everyone who helped ILAP meet our match goal of $15,000 by November 1! This show of support from our donors tells us our work with low income immigrants is vital to the community, and that Mainers appreciate a diverse population and care about social justice. You fuel our work, and we work hard to earn your trust. Thanks for investing in ILAP and Maine’s future.

11/2014
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.

4/2014
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.

3/2014
Congratulations
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.

3/2014
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.

12/2013
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.

12/2013
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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