Refugee and Immigration Program
Minnesota Advocates Refugee and Immigrant Program serves refugees, asylees and immigrants by:
· Providing legal representation to indigent asylum seekers who have fled persecution and are in danger of torture or execution if forced to return to their home countries;
· Combating anti-immigrant sentiment by working in Minnesota schools and communities through youth and adult education, written and video educational materials, and training and technical assistance
· Educating about immigrant rights, community services, work authorization, and new laws affecting immigrants, thereby assisting refugees, asylees and other immigrant newcomers to become independent, self-sufficient, and productive members of the community; and
· Providing education and advocacy for battered refugee and immigrant women and children.
The Refugee and Immigrant Program provides these services through the Refugee and Asylum Project, the B.I.A.S.(Building Immigrant Awareness and Support Project, and the Battered Immigrant Women's Project (a joint project with the Womens Human Rights Program).
With the help of more than 350 volunteer attorneys, the Refugee and Asylum Project continued to meet growing demand and assisted 900 low-income Minnesota residents by providing consultations and/or legal representation in their asylum, Torture Convention and family reunification cases. The Project has also responded to more than 1700 requests for information, including legal information, country documentation and referrals.