Moving away from a country or continent to start over in a new land can be quite frightening.
You’ll need all the help you can get especially if you are an undocumented immigrant.
But not to worry, I’ve prepared for you a list of free resources for undocumented immigrants.
This list contains specific resources for different categories of undocumented immigrants.
So without further delay, here are 10 free resources for undocumented immigrants.
Who Are Undocumented Immigrants
Undocumented immigrants are people who reside in the United States without legal migration status.
This is either because they entered the U.S. illegally without inspection or their valid non-immigrant visas have expired.
Free Resources For Undocumented Immigrants
1. My Undocumented Life
My Undocumented Life is a volunteer-run organization with resources for undocumented immigrants that provides a sense of community, up-to-date information and resources for undocumented students, and families.
My Undocumented Life regularly posts scholarship opportunities, strategies for maneuvering the educational system, information on how to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), all immigration-related events, news and policies, and more.
So far, My Undocumented Life has shared hundreds of resources for undocumented people since 2011 when they were first founded. Subscribe to their list-serve and check out their resources.
2. United We dream
This movement was founded about 10 years ago and it has spent those years fighting for the rights of immigrant youth, opening pathways to education, preventing deportations, and providing information and resources every undocumented immigrant needs.
Check out their resources on the latest on DACA, undocuhealth, COVID-19, deportation defense, and immigrant rights.
3. Asian American Advancing Justice
This organization provides free legal resources to the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities in Los Angeles and Orange County.
They provide legal aid for anti-Asian discrimination, housing (assistance with lease disputes, unlawful evictions, and housing-related issues due to discrimination), citizenship issues, health access, domestic violence, family-based immigration, and sex trafficking victims.
Visit their website and find out which of their legal services you might need.
Asista is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the dignity, rights and liberty of immigrant survivors of violence.
They act as a liaison with DHS, USCIS, ICE, and others.
Asista also intercedes with their government contacts when necessary to prevent survivors from being unfairly deported.
Asista also offers a wide range of resources that help undocumented immigrants with things like immigration protections, employment authorization, etc.
5. The Latino/Educational Achievement Project (LEAP)
Although LEAP isn’t an organization that is strictly for undocumented people, it still helps undocumented Latino students.
LEAP was started in 2010 and its major focus is to improve the academic state of all Latino students residing in the state of Washington.
LEAP aims to help students become leaders who will be involved in the government, and their communities.
They also seek funding for Latino students alongside educational programs that can help Latino/students improve academically.
Do check out their scholarship programs created to help every Latino student in Washington.
6. The Seattle Counseling Service Immigrant, Refugee, Undocumented Outreach Program
This community program strives to improve the health and wellness of both IRU (Immigrant, Refugee, and Undocumented) and lgbtq.
They struggle to increase the IRU/LGBTQ access to accessible services, Medicaid, and insurance.
The Seattle Counseling Service program is the oldest LGBTQ-focused community mental health agency in the world.
And their IRUO program is their way of extending their program to LGBTQ immigrants in King County.
7. American Immigration Council
The American Immigration Council strives to reshape the way America treats immigrants by using the courts to demand a fair process for immigrants, training lawyers to defend immigrants facing deportation, and educating people to change the way they treat immigrants and immigration.
In turn, it helps set undocumented immigrants up for success.
8. Movimiento Cosecha Undocumented Workers Fund
Movimiento Cosecha is a movement launched in 2015 that’s committed to garnering respect and protection for millions of undocumented immigrants in America.
Through their undocumented workers fund, they have helped over a thousand families all over the country to enjoy basic necessities like health care, employment, and insurance.
Movimiento Cosecha also has other projects that are helping push forward immigration law reform and education.
All undocumented immigrants can certainly benefit from the workers’ fund as well as other projects.
9. The National Immigration Justice Center
The National Immigration Justice Center has spent the last 30 years providing legal services to undocumented immigrants with the help of their pro bono lawyers.
These lawyers also educate undocumented immigrants about their rights and at the same host the Human Rights Awards that source funds for the protection of the rights of undocumented immigrants.
They also have a 90% success rate in obtaining asylum for undocumented immigrants.
Founded in 2004 this charity’s main focus is to educate, protect, and guide undocumented immigrant children and they have been doing this through the help of their Child Advocate Program.
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights carefully listens to the stories of immigrant children and tries to find the best available solution to their problems.
So far they have advocated for and helped over 2500 undocumented immigrant children across the country.
Navigating Free Resources For Undocumented Immigrants
If you find it overwhelming picking which of these resources for undocumented immigrants to use, it’ll help to decide what your main challenges are and what categories you fit in.
There are special resources for LGBTQ, youth, families, children, and those in need of legal services.
Remember there is absolutely no shame in asking for help and the organizations that provide these resources are thrilled to assist you.
The NetWerk community is here to provide you with any extra resources you may need.
Over To You
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