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Immigrant and Refugee Resources: Legal Assistance

Legal Assistance Resources

ACLU of Washington
(American Civil Liberties Union) 
The ACLU is the nation’s premier civil rights and civil liberties organization.”


Catholic Immigration Legal Services (CILS)
Catholic Immigration Legal Services (CILS) provides quality legal immigration assistance to low-income residents of Washington. Currently, CILS provides free citizenship/N-400 application assistance to people who are currently on public benefits or living in the city of Seattle, and free citizenship and green card assistance to refugees and asylees who have been in the U.S. less than five years. CILS has two office locations: Seattle and Mt. Vernon.


Colectiva Legel del Pueblo
offers free or low-cost legal services to detained individuals, domestic violence victims, farm workers, human trafficking survivors, individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Individuals with criminal histories, Individuals with physical/mental disabilities, juveniles, lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, and torture survivors

Immi: Search for Legal Help 
allows searching for local legal assistance by entering your address or zip code.


Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education.  Northwest Immigrant Rights Project strives for justice and equity for all persons, regardless of where they were born.


Northwest Justice Project
“Northwest Justice Project (NJP), Washington’s publicly funded legal aid program.  Each year NJP provides critical civil legal assistance and representation to thousands of low-income people in cases affecting basic human needs such as family safety and security, housing preservation, protection of income, access to health care, education and other basic needs.  “

Washington Defender Association
WDA is a non-profit professional membership organization for Washington state public defender attorneys, social workers and investigators.
WDA's Immigration Project works to defend and advance the rights of non-citizens within the criminal justice system, non-citizens facing the immigration consequences of crimes, and non-citizens facing the detrimental impacts of selective state and federal enforcement policies post-9/11.


Washington Law Help
Washington LawHelp is a guide to free civil legal services for low-income persons and seniors in Washington.  This site provides legal education materials and tools that give you basic information on a number of legal problems, and in some cases, detailed instructions and forms to help you represent yourself in court.  You can also locate information on free legal aid programs in Washington, including basic eligibility and contact information.
This website is maintained by staff at the Northwest Justice Project (NJP). NJP is a not-for-profit statewide organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income people from 17 offices throughout the state of Washington. Each year, NJP assists more than 18,000 people in need of critical legal assistance.