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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

5/2015
The Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (MIRC) has organized the “We are Maine” March and Rally to support Maine's immigrant community and speak out against the proposals to cut General Assistance for immigrants. The event takes place on Thursday, May 21st at Lincoln Park in Portland. Click here for more details!

4/2015
Start the Day with Good Coffee.
Coffee by Design has a new community coffee for sale called Burundi Kayanza Bourbon. The sale of this brew directly benefits both the women of the International Women’s Coffee Association (IWCA)/Burundi and ILAP. Bourbon (pr: bore BUN) is a flavorful type of coffee bean that grows well in Burundi, and this cooperative empowers women economically in the region where it is based. ILAP is honored to be part of the process that brings this coffee to you. Visit the CBD website for information on how to purchase, in person or by mail.

3/2015
Last Chance!
ILAP has just 30 tickets left for tomorrow's CeleSoirée!
We will have them at the door tomorrow. If you want to come, tickets will be sold at 5:15 pm and will be first come, first served at Ocean Gateway. They are $75 each. Thanks to everyone who has supported this incredible event!

2/2015
Updates to President Obama's executive action are explained in ILAP's new one-page summary. View the PDF here.

1/2015
Registration is now OPEN for CeleSoirée 2015! 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. Click here to buy your ticket today!

12/2014
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!

11/2014
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!

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.

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.

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
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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