Impact

ILAP By the Numbers

  • Over 3,000 Mainers receive direct legal assistance from ILAP each year.

  • ILAP clients originate from all 16 counties in Maine.

  • Over 1,600 individuals are served through ILAP's Immigration Forms Program annually.

  • ILAP serves clients from 94 different countries.

  • Each year, approximately 1,700 immigrant community members and service providers attend more than 40 outreach events.

 

Hear their stories

Leandre, Former Client

When Leandre arrived in U.S., forced out by instability in his home country, he began again at square one. Left behind were his friends, his family, his possessions, and everything that he had worked so hard to attain. As he began to rebuild a life and a home, Leandre faced a new challenge: the legal intricacies that come with attempting to gain legal status in the United States. That's where ILAP came in. Working closely with Leandre, they helped him work through the complex legal documents and procedure that mark the beginning of any immigrant's life in the U.S.

 

Zaineb, Former Client

When Zaineb was finally granted refugee status after many years spent living in Iraq, Jordan, and Syria, she was unable to ensure that her infant son could come with her. Her son, born in Syria, was not afforded the same protections and refugee status given to Zaineb, an Iraqi native. With little choice, Zaineb came to the United States, but never stopped fighting to bring her son with her. ILAP stepped in to help with her case and, after many months, Zaineb was reunited with her son.

 

Jane, Volunteer Lawyer

As a lawyer with more than forty years of experience, Jane was looking to find a way to use her skills to support the Portland community. That's when she heard about ILAP. Familiar with the intricacies of the legal back-end of the immigration process, Jane works with ILAP clients to cut through the dozens of pages of legalese to make sense of a process that is fraught with emotion and hardship. Thanks to her tireless efforts, Maine has been able to welcome many new citizens.

 

Adele, Board Member

When Adele arrived in the United States, she came with no social network and a limited grasp of English. Pairing this with the intricacies of the immigration system, Adele knew she needed a hand. That’s where ILAP came in, helping her gain legal status so that she could build a family and a life in Portland. Since then, she has become a small business owner and continues to work with ILAP as a member of our Board of Directors. Bringing a unique voice and experience to the organization, Adele continues to be a key player in the ILAP story.

 

ILAP would like to thank Alexander Bertoni for producing and editing these videos.