ILAP By the Numbers
ILAP clients live and work in all 16 counties in Maine, as well as originate from 90-100 countries.
Approximately 3,000 Mainers receive immigration legal services from ILAP each year, encompassing full representation, brief intervention, consultations, forms assistance and educational outreach.
Of this number, more than 1,000 are served through our Immigration Forms program. And more than 1,500 immigrant community members and service providers attend 40+ educational outreach events across the state.
ILAP regularly provides accurate and timely information to the media; we are interviewed or quoted by local and national news sources 25-30 times per year.
Since 2016, ILAP has maintained a 100% approval rate for full representation cases that have received a final decision.
40% of our full representation cases are handled by volunteer attorneys on our Pro Bono Panel, at a value of more than $800,000 in donated time annually.
ILAP would like to thank Alexander Bertoni for producing and editing these videos.
ECONOMIC IMPACT OF LEGAL SERVICES
The impact of ILAP’s work extends beyond our clients and their families and into Maine’s communities. In 2016, ILAP partnered with Maine’s six civil legal aid organizations to understand the economic impact of our legal services, and commissioned a report by University of Maine Economics Professor Dr. Todd Gabe. The study found that civil legal aid resulted in a positive economic impact in Maine that totaled over $105 million in 2015 alone, including $37 million that resulted from individual cases and $68 million that resulted from systemic cases and advocacy.
At the individual level, immigrant workers who obtained legal status and work authorization saw a $6.2 million increase in earnings over a 10-year period, which averages to a 7% wage increase annually. By comparison, workers advancing their educational level saw a $2.8 million increase in earnings over the same period.
At the community level, helping asylum seekers obtain work authorization saved $800,000 in General Assistance costs in 2015, as well as reduced spending on homeless shelters and healthcare.
Read the full report here. For more information about the economic impact of immigration in Maine, see recent reports by CEI, Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Center for American Progress, and New American Economy.