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Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center

  • Location:
    17375 Harper Ave.
    Suite 24124
    Detroit , MI 48224
  • Phone:
  • Contact methods:
    Drop-in, Email, Phone calls, Website
  • Appointments accepted:

The Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center provides free and low-cost legal services to those who need them most in the Detroit area, with a focus on recent immigrants and asylum seekers. We have three core mission priorities: Provide low-cost legal services to immigrants and refugees seeking to make a home in the city of Detroit; Offer low-cost housing to immigrants and refugees who have difficulty finding long-term residences in the city of Detroit; and Assist businesses owned by Detroit residents from vulnerable communities in obtaining business resources, professional support, and/or immigration status. We implement these through the provision of free legal services in our clinics and online consultations and in low-cost legal representation of clients in regional courts.

State served: Michigan
Detention Facilities Served: Dearborn Police Department (MI), Kent County Jail (MI), Macomb County Facility (MI), Michigan Corrections Facility (MI), Monroe County Detention Main (MI), Saint Clair County Jail (MI), Wayne County Detention Facility (MI)

Services Provided

Are immigration legal services provided? Yes
Areas of immigration legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Consular Processing, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Employment authorization, Employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant petitions, Family-based petitions, Naturalization/Citizenship, P1 or P2 for Afghans, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV), 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, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Federal court appeals
Other areas of legal assistance: Criminal Appeals, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Family & Juvenile, Housing, Life Planning, Public Benefits
Populations served: Detained individuals, Domestic Violence Victims, Human Trafficking Survivors, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Juveniles, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Torture survivors
Languages spoken: Arabic, Dari, Spanish
Access to a commercial interpreting service or language bank: No
Nominal fee charged? No

Staffing Information

Number of attorneys on staff: 5
Is organization BIA recognized? No
Number of fully accredited BIA representatives on staff: 0
Number of partially accredited BIA representatives on staff: 0
Number of paralegals/legal workers on staff: 2

Additional Details

Pro Bono opportunities? Yes


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Administrative Information

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Executive Director:
IAN Members? No
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