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Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy

  • Location:
    620 Oak Harbor Blvd.
    Ste 203
    Slidell, LA 70458
  • Phone:
    (985) 643-6186
  • Fax:
    (985) 643-6118
  • Contact methods:
    Email, Phone calls, Spanish Line: (985) 788-7917
  • Appointments accepted:

The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP) is a nonprofit, public interest law firm and justice center with a mission to promote ecological equity in communities of color on the front lines of climate change. Through our human rights-based legal services, advocacy and training, GCCLP works to create structural balance in law, society, and community. GCCLP Legal Services provides access to justice for residents, tribes, and community-based organizations at the intersection of the nation's justice struggles and a new climate reality. We offer free and low-cost legal services on humanitarian immigration cases & asylum.

State served: Louisiana
Detention Facilities Served: Dekalb County Detention Center (AL), Etowah County Detention Center (AL), LaSalle Detention Facility (LA), Oakdale Federal Detention Center (LA), Saint Tammany Parish Jail (LA), South Louisiana Correctional Center (LA), Tensas Parish Detention Center (LA), CCA Detention Center Houston (TX)

Services Provided

Are immigration legal services provided? Yes
Areas of immigration legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Employment authorization, Family-based petitions, Naturalization/Citizenship, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Types of immigration legal services provided: Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court
Other areas of legal assistance: Community Development, Disaster and Crisis Assistance, Environmental, Foreclosure, Nonprofit Organizations
Non-legal services: Legal Orientation Programs (LOP) / Know Your Rights Presentations (KYR), Legislative advocacy (state or national), Referrals to other services, Social services
Populations served: Detained individuals, Domestic Violence Victims, Farm workers, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Juveniles, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender
Languages spoken: French, Haitian Creole, Spanish, Vietnamese
Access to a commercial interpreting service or language bank: Yes
Nominal fee charged? Yes
Other information: We serve residents of the Gulf Coast in immigration matters, including TX, LA, MS, AL, and FL.

Staffing Information

Number of attorneys on staff: 2
Is organization BIA recognized? No
Number of fully accredited BIA representatives on staff: 1
Number of partially accredited BIA representatives on staff: 0
Number of paralegals/legal workers on staff: 2

Additional Details

Pro Bono opportunities? Yes
Network affiliations: Freedom Network, Immigration Advocates Network, US Climate Action Network, Southern Movement Assembly, Gulf South Rising, Climate Justice Alliance, Advancing Equity and Opportunity


Volunteer Coordinator

Administrative Information

Contact Person:
Colette Pichon Battle
(985) 643-6186
Executive Director:
Colette Pichon Battle
(985) 643-6186
Types of contact/attempt: Email
Last contact date: February 21, 2018
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IAN Members? Yes
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