Maryland Resources for Refugees, Asylees, Asylum-seekers and Immigrants

SOCIAL SERVICE RESOURCES
(Housing, Case Management, Employment, Education, etc.)

Adelante Familia (House of Ruth) www.hruth.org Tel: (410) 732-2176. Spanish-language Hotline: (410) 889-7884 (Press “8”/ Oprima “8”). Provides comprehensive services, including case management, individual and group counseling, shelter housing, and legal aid for Spanish-speaking victims of domestic violence and their children. Abuser intervention services are provided for Spanish-speaking perpetrators. (Also see House of Ruth listing, below.) Service area: Baltimore and surrounding area.

African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation (AIRF)www.airfound.org Tel: 301-593-0241 (Silver Spring, MD) or 202-234-2473 (Washington, DC). Provides adjustment and coping programs, and referral services to help facilitate the effective transition of African immigrants to American society and support their productive, sustainable integration into their new homeland. Service area: Metropolitan Washington DC.

Alianza de la Comunidadwww.alianzahc.wordpress.com Tel: 443-812-8486. Identifies and advocates for the needs of Hispanics through outreach activities in partnership with agencies dealing with health, housing, social services, education, employment, media and other services. Centro do Ayuda (Help Center) Tuesday and Thursday, 4 -7 p.m addresses concerns, questions and needs of the Hispanic community. Service area: Howard County, MD.

ASHA for Womenwww.ashaforwomen.org Tel: 202-683-2019. Provides community-based support to South Asian women and their children who have faced domestic violence. Assists individuals of any age, any relationship status (single, married, or divorced) or immigration status. ASHA serves women and children living in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia, with origins in the South Asian countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Service area: Washington, D.C. and surrounding area.

Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC)www.apalrc.org Tel: 202-393-3572. Provides legal assistance on a range of legal issues, including abuse prevention, family, immigration, employment, housing, disability and public assistance, to low-income Asian Americans who have limited English proficiency. Service area: Metropolitan D.C. region, including Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland.

Asylee Women Enterprise (AWE)www.asyleewomen.org  Tel: 443-850-0627. Provides a nurturing community and comprehensive services to asylum seekers and aslyees, including case management, employment training, ESL classes, wellness and nutrition programming Monday-Thursday. Additionally, AWE provides transitional housing to women seeking asylum. Service area: Baltimore

Asylum Seekers Housing Networkwww.ashnetwork.org Tel: 443-676-7695. Provides transitional housing and social support for asylum seekers. Service area: Baltimore.

Baltimore City Community College (BCCC)www.bccc.edu Tel: 410-986-5430. BCCC’s Refugee Assistance Program (RAP) provides free English language training for people 16 years old or over who have refugee or political asylum status.  See also Refugee Youth Project listing, below, for programs supporting academic success, acculturation, and creative arts activities for refugee youth. Service area: Metropolitan Baltimore.

BCCC’s Refugee Youth Projecthttp://refugeeyouthproject.org Tel: 410-558-3194. A program of Baltimore City Community College, providing after-school programming and individual mentoring for refugee youth K-12. The RYP offers academic and language skills support as well as enriching creative arts and extracurricular activities. Service area: Baltimore metropolitan area.

Baltimore City Department of Social Serviceswww.dhr.state.md.us/baltocity.htm Tel: 443-423-6000. Provides information, referral, and housing counseling services to Baltimore City residents. Service area: Baltimore City, MD.

Baltimore Medical System’s Highlandtown Healthy Living Centerhttp://www.bmsi.org/ Tel: 410-732-8800. Provides refugee health and mental health screens upon arrival in Baltimore, primary care and behavioral health with culturally competent providers and trained on-site interpreters. On-site languages include Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, French, Tigrinya, Amharic, Hindi, English, Swahili and sign language. Language line is available for other languages. Service area: Baltimore metropolitan area.

Baltimore Resettlement Center (BRC)http://www.rescue.org/us-program/us-baltimore-md. General office: Tel: (410) 327-1885; Immigration and Citizenship Services: (410) 558-3191 or (410) 558-3260. Provides refugee resettlement and case management services, including orientation, housing, health and social services support, employment and legal assistance, and language instruction. Operated in collaboration between the International Rescue Committee, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, the Maryland Department of Social Services, and Baltimore City Community College (BCCC). (Also see listing for the International Rescue Committee – Baltimore, below.) Service areas: Central Maryland, including Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.

Boat People SOS (BPSOS) – www.bpsos.org Tel: 301.439.0505 (Silver Spring office). 703-538-2190 (Falls Church, VA office). A national Vietnamese American community organization serving Vietnamese immigrant individuals, families, and communities both in America and abroad. Provides direct assistance, including case management and legal representation, for immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and exploitation; and works to meet the needs of seniors, low-income persons or families, and disadvantaged youth. Service area: Nationwide.

Caroline Center for Employment and Trainingwww.caroline-center.org Tel: 410-563-1303. Offers employment training programs to unemployed and underemployed women in Baltimore who have a GED, diploma or are ready to earn a GED. Service area: Baltimore City and County.

CASA de Marylandwww.casademaryland.org Tel: 301-431-4185. Provides direct services in employment placement, workforce development and training, financial literacy, adult ESOL and Spanish literacy instruction, citizenship and legal services, health education, and human services navigation to low-income Latino and immigrant women, workers, and tenants. Service area: Maryland residents.

Catholic Charitieshttp://www.catholiccharities-md.org/services Tel: 410-547-5490.Offers various social services, including casework, employment training, housing assistance, health and behavioral health care for families, children, and adults throughout Maryland. (Also see listing for Esperanza Center, below.) Service areas: Baltimore City and Allegany, Cecil, Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Carroll, Anne Arundel, Frederick, Prince George's, Washington, and Garrett Counties.

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)www.carecendc.org  Tel: 202-328-9799. Offers direct service programs in immigration, housing and citizenship, and promotes empowerment, civil rights advocacy, and civic training for Latinos. Service area: Washington D.C. metropolitan region.

Episcopal Refugee and Immigrant Center Alliance (ERICA)www.erica-baltimore.org Tel: 410-467-3750. Assists refugees, asylees, asylum seekers, and other immigrants through educational workshops, material assistance, and one-on-one problem solving to address social support, housing, health, and employment needs. Service area: Baltimore, MD.

Esperanza Centerwww.catholiccharities-md.org/immigrants Tel: 410-547-5490. Esperanza Center of Catholic Charities-MD provides immigrants and uninsured individuals with access to medical and mental health care, social services, referrals, language classes, and legal services. English language, computer literacy, and citizenship classes are available. Service area: Baltimore, MD.

Esperanza Center Anti-Trafficking Program – www.catholiccharities-md.org/immigrants Tel: 443-275-0700. Provides case management services, education and employment assistance, and pro bono legal consultation and representation to unaccompanied children and survivors of serious crimes, including human trafficking and intimate partner violence. Service area: Maryland.

Ethiopian Community Development Councilhttp://www.ecdcus.org Tel: 301-562-8633. Branch and affiliate offices provide immigration resettlement services and counseling; Youth and after-school projects; Domestic violence education; and Health education programs. Service area: Nationwide.

Foreign Born Information & Referral Network (FIRN)www.firnonline.org Tel: 410-992-1923. Offers guidance and assistance on immigration laws and regulations, information and referrals, after-school literacy programs, language connections and interpreting. Service area: Howard County and central Maryland.

Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity www.montgomerycountymd.gov/gilchrist/  Tel: 240-777-4940. Provides multicultural support services to immigrants in Montgomery County with the goal of engaging immigrants in social and civic activities.  The Center also seeks to provide new immigrant residents with access to supportive services such as pro-bono legal support, computer literacy, citizenship, workforce development, and English-language services. Service area: Montgomery County.

Hajar’s Hope Women’s Center (HHWC) www.hajarshope.org  Helps address the needs of homeless Muslim women and children by providing shelter, food and clothing, as well as helping residents gain access to counseling, education, job training, employment, child care, nutrition and health care, and Islamic education. Service area: Baltimore and Washington D.C. metro areas, New York, and New Jersey.

Healthcare for the Homelesswww.hchmd.org Tel: 410-837-5533. Provides medical and dental services, social work and case management, mental health treatment, and supportive housing for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness, mental and physical illness. Service area: Baltimore, MD.

Higher – www.higheradvantage.org  Tel: 410-230-2840. A project of Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Service (LIRS), Higher offers free, high-quality materials to support refugee-eligible and other immigrant job seekers; resources and tools for employment service providers; and workforce solutions for employers. Resources are available from the Higher website, or can be requested via email to information@higheradvantage.org.  Headquarters in Baltimore, MD, with resources and contacts around the US.  Service area: National. 

House of Ruth / Adelante Familia www.hruth.org Tel: 410-732-2176. 24-hour Hotline: (410) 889-RUTH (7884). House of Ruth provides prevention, intervention, legal aid and advocacy services for victims of domestic violence. The agency operates a shelter for women and children in immediate danger, individual and group counseling victims/survivors, and drop-in Crisis Support Groups. Service area: Baltimore and surrounding area.

Human Rights First - http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/  Tel: 202-547-5692 (Washington DC Office).  An independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals through pressing the U.S. government and private companies to respect human rights and the rule of law. HRF also provides free legal representation to individuals who do not already have legal representation, cannot afford an attorney, and need help with a claim for asylum or other protection-based form of immigration status (http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/asylum). New York and Houston offices can also help people who are seeking asylum from within a nearby immigration detention center. Service Area: Washington D.C., New York City and Houston.

International Cultural Center (ICC) http://www.theicc.net Tel: 240-396-5350. The ICC’s Crossroads Program promotes peace, social harmony, and plurality through community outreach, assistance and empowerment. Crossroads uses a holistic, integrative approach to assist clients (individuals, families, and youth) from the Middle East, South Asia, and North/East/West Africa in accessing social services and support while providing case management, advocacy, mentoring and other wellness services. Youth development initiatives provide young people with community service opportunities, youth groups and individual mentoring/support. Service Area: Montgomery County, MD.

ICDS (Iraqi Community Development Services) -- www.icdsus.org Tel: 443-470-2728. Provides a variety of human and social services to those in need in Baltimore, including refugees and immigrants. Seeks to strengthen communities by strengthening families. Service area: Baltimore.

International Rescue Committee - Baltimore http://www.rescue.org/us-program/us-baltimore-md General office: Tel: (410) 327-1885; Immigration and Citizenship Services: (410) 558-3191 or (410) 558-3260. The IRC Baltimore is a non-profit, non-sectarian refugee resettlement agency dedicated to working together with legally admitted refugees and asylees to assist them in rebuilding lives and reuniting families. Staff members and volunteers provide essential resettlement services to refugee families including basic necessities, education, employment, health care access, social services, and legal services toward residency & citizenship. (Also see listing for the Baltimore Resettlement Center, above.) Service areas: Central Maryland, including Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS)www.lirs.org Tel: 410-230-2700. National organization for migrant and refugee advocacy and programming that coordinates with a large network of partners throughout the U.S. specializing in refugee resettlement and community integration, alternatives to detention for asylum seekers, and family reunification and foster care for unaccompanied migrant youth. Service area: Nationwide.

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA): Refugee and Immigrant Serviceswww.lssnca.org Tel: 703-698-5026. Offers refugee resettlement services, employment services, legal and social services. Service area: Washington, DC.

Maryland Office for Refugees and Asylees (MORA)www.dhr.state.md.us Tel: 410-767-7514. MORA works through a network of public and private service providers throughout Maryland to coordinate transitional services aimed at helping refugees attain self-sufficiency. Partner groups provide resettlement support and services to federally-recognized refugees and asylees, including medical, employment, and social services, health screenings, language instruction, and youth programs. Service area: Maryland.

Montgomery County Refugee Training Program (MCRTP)http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/wdce/aelg/refugee.html  Tel: 240-567-1404 or 240-567-1405. Operates a full-time, multi-level English language learning program geared towards facilitating integration into American social and professional environments. Also offers opportunities for refugees and asylees to pursue other courses and training programs. Service area: Montgomery County and Prince George’s County.

National Human Trafficking Resource Hotline www.polarisproject.org Tel: 1-888-373-7888 or text “HELP” or “INFO” to BeFree (233733). A national, toll-free hotline that connects trafficking victims, professionals, and community members to information and referrals, as well as resources for training and technical assistance. Service area: Nationwide.

New American Workforce Programwww.dllr.state.md.us/employment/newamerwrkforce  Tel: 410-767-6300 (for business startups) or 410-230-6231 (for professional licensing). Enables adult English language learners to acquire competency and advanced skills in English. Offers information on ESL, workplace training and vocational certification in local community colleges, and also serves as a broad resource for information about the legal aspects of employment for employees and startups. Service area: Maryland.

Polaris Project www.polarisproject.org Tel: (202) 745-1001. Offers comprehensive clinical social services to victims of all forms of human trafficking through specialized local offices in Washington, D.C. and New Jersey; operate the National Human Trafficking Resource Hotline (see listing above). Conducts legislative federal and state advocacy against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Service areas: Metropolitan Washington, DC region and Newark, NJ.

Soccer Without Borders, Baltimorehttp://www.soccerwithoutborders.org/baltimore Tel: 410-205-9792. Soccer Without Borders (SWB) Baltimore uses soccer to promote positive change by providing refugee, asylee, and immigrant youth with tools and skills that help them attain growth, inclusion, and success. Program areas include soccer play and instruction, off-field lessons and academic tutoring, civic engagement, team building, and cultural exchange for middle and high school students. Service area: Baltimore metropolitan area.

Suburban Washington Resettlement Centerhttp://www.rescue.org/us-program/us-silver-spring Tel: 301-562-8633. Provides reception, case management, housing, health and social services support, employment services, interpreter training and immigration services for refugees and asylees. Operated in partnership between the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Lutheran Social Services (LSS), Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC), Baltimore City Community College (BCCC), and the Maryland Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Service areas: Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

Tahirih Justice Centerwww.tahirih.org Tel: 410-999-1900 (Baltimore office); 571-282-6161 (Falls Church, VA office). Works to protect immigrant women and girls seeking justice from gender-based violence through pro bono (free) legal and social services, referrals, advocacy, and public education programs.  Service area: Nationwide.

Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalitionwww.tassc.org Tel: 202-529-2991.Conducts advocacy to end torture and to empower survivors, their families and communities. Offers legal and social services including counseling, transitional housing, and medical and employment referrals. Service area: Metropolitan DC area.

TurnAroundwww.turnaroundinc.org Tel: 410-377-8111. 24-hour Helpline: 443-279-0379At three offices in Baltimore city and county, Turnaround provides services for victims of domestic violence, rape, sexual abuse, and sexual trafficking. Services include individual and group counseling, support groups, shelter services, , transitional housing, legal consultation, victim advocacy, and hospital accompaniment, Services include advocacy, and an Abuser Intervention Program. Service areas: Baltimore city and county.

United States Department of Justice https://www.justice.gov/eoir/list-pro-bono-legal-service-providers-map . Provides a state-by-state list of non-profits and attorneys who provide free legal services to individuals in immigration proceedings. This list also includes information on pro bono referral services that refer individuals in immigration court proceedings to pro bono counsel. Click on your state to find representation in your area. If you are seeking representation in Maryland, visit this link: https://www.justice.gov/eoir/file/ProBonoMD/download  Service area: Nationwide

University of Maryland Immigration Carey School of Law Immigration Clinic  http://www.law.umaryland.edu/programs/clinic/initiatives/immigration Tel: 410-706-3295. Provides free legal consultation, advice and referrals to individuals in removal proceedings in the Baltimore Immigration Court. Consultations are held every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. Individuals must arrive by 9:30 a.m. to be seen. Clinic also provides free representation in removal proceedings for a limited number of clients seeking asylum and other immigration relief. Service area: Maryland.

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrantswww.refugees.org Tel: 313-581-4420. Partners with civil society groups around the globe and nationally to defend the rights of displaced people through advocacy and direct services to persons in forced or voluntary migration. Service area: Nationwide.

Victim Assistance & Sexual Assault Program www.montgomerycountymd.gov Tel. on weekdays: 240-777-1355. Hotline: 240-777-4357. Provides information and referral, advocacy, crisis and ongoing counseling, support and compensation to survivors of crimes and their families. Crimes include rape/sexual assault (recent and past), homicide, driving while intoxicated (DWI), carjacking, torture, hate crimes, arson, larceny, robbery, auto theft and vandalism. Service area: Montgomery County.

Welcome Back Center of Suburban Maryland www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS-Program/Program.aspx?id=OCA/OCAWelcomeB-p482  Tel: 240-777-3168. Provides professional support and training to engage and integrate immigrants trained in medical professions into healthcare professions within the US.  Service Area: Maryland.

Women’s Law Center of Maryland/ Multi-Ethnic Domestic Violence Projectwww.wlcmd.org Tel: 410-396-3294. Provides pro bono legal services to foreign-born victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault. (410) 396-3294 Area served: Maryland.

World Relief Baltimore Immigration Legal Clinichttp://worldrelief.org/Page.aspx?pid=2896 Tel: 410-244-0002. Provides assistance to immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers or their family members. Partners with the University Of Maryland School Of Law to provide consultations to individuals in deportation proceedings on a biweekly basis with the collaboration of volunteer pro bono attorneys. Initial consultations are provided at the World Relief office in downtown Baltimore (7 East Baltimore Street) every Wednesday starting at 9:30 on a first-come, first-served basis; cost is $70 for employed individuals, free to those who are not working. Service area: Maryland; clients with an immigration case pending in Maryland.

LEGAL RESOURCES

Adelante Familia (House of Ruth)www.hruth.org Tel: (410) 732-2176. Spanish-language Hotline: (410) 889-7884 (Press “8”/ Oprima “8”). Provides comprehensive services, including case management, individual and group counseling, shelter housing, and legal aid for Spanish-speaking victims of domestic violence and their children. Abuser intervention services are provided for Spanish-speaking perpetrators. (Also see House of Ruth listing, below.) Service area: Baltimore and surrounding area.

ASHA for Women www.ashaforwomen.org  Tel: 202-683-2019. Provides community-based support to South Asian women and their children who have faced domestic violence. Assists individuals of any age, any relationship status (single, married, or divorced) or immigration status. ASHA serves women and children living in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia, with origins in the South Asian countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Service area: Washington, D.C. and surrounding area.

Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC)www.apalrc.org  Tel: 202-393-3572. Provides legal assistance on a range of legal issues, including abuse prevention, family, immigration, employment, housing, disability and public assistance, to low-income Asian Americans who have limited English proficiency. Service area: Metropolitan D.C. region, including Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland.

AYUDAhttp://ayuda.com/  Tel: 202-387-4848. Provides a wide range of immigration and family law assistance for men, women, and children, plus language, and social services, training and outreach. Service area: Metropolitan Washington DC.

Baltimore Resettlement Center (BRC)http://www.rescue.org/us-program/us-baltimore-md  General office: Tel: (410) 327-1885; Immigration and Citizenship Services: (410) 558-3191 or (410) 558-3260. Provides refugee resettlement and case management services, including orientation, housing, health and social services support, employment and legal assistance, and language instruction. Operated in collaboration between the International Rescue Committee, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, the Maryland Department of Social Services, and Baltimore City Community College (BCCC). (Also see listing for the International Rescue Committee – Baltimore, below.) Service areas: Central Maryland, including Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.

Boat People SOS (BPSOS) – www.bpsos.org  Tel: 301.439.0505 (Silver Spring office). 703-538-2190 (Falls Church, VA office). A national Vietnamese American community organization serving Vietnamese immigrant individuals, families, and communities both in America and abroad. Provides direct assistance, including case management and legal representation, for immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and exploitation; and works to meet the needs of seniors, low-income persons or families, and disadvantaged youth. Service area: Nationwide.

CASA de Maryland www.casademaryland.org  Tel: 301-431-4185. Provides direct services in employment placement, workforce development and training, financial literacy, adult ESOL and Spanish literacy instruction, citizenship and legal services, health education, and human services navigation to low-income Latino and immigrant women, workers, and tenants. Service area: Maryland residents.

Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services http://www.catholiccharitiesdc.org/page.aspx?pid=358  Tel: 202-772-4356. (See website for office hours, phone numbers, and locations in D.C., Silver Spring and Gaithersburg). Immigration Legal Services (ILS) focuses on the provision of direct legal immigration services to foreign-born individuals and their families, ranging from consultations to full representation.  ILS has represented individuals from more than 135 countries around the world needing legal assistance with an immigration matter.  ILS also focuses on training lawyers to provide pro bono services and educating community groups on the latest immigration issues. Service areas: Washington, D.C. and Montgomery County.

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)www.cliniclegal.org  Tel: 301-565-4800. “Pro Bono Appeals Project” matches vulnerable immigrants with pro bono (free) legal resources to defend their cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Silver Spring, MD. Service area: Nationwide.
Center for Applied Legal Studies at Georgetown University Law Center – http://www.law.georgetown.edu/academics/academic-programs/clinical-progr... Tel: 202-662-9565. The center accepts only asylum, withholding, and Convention Against Torture cases before the Arlington and Baltimore immigration courts (no affirmative cases). Representation provided by supervised student teams. Clients must be willing for their hearings to be scheduled in April/early May or November/early December. (Note: The Center is located near Union Station, not in Georgetown proper.) Service areas: Washington D.C. and region, Maryland, and Virginia, for cases scheduled for hearing in Baltimore or Arlington courts.

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)www.carecendc.org  Tel: 202-328-9799. Offers direct service programs in immigration, housing and citizenship, and promotes empowerment, civil rights advocacy, and civic training for Latinos. Service area: Washington D.C. metropolitan region.

Esperanza Center www.catholiccharities-md.org/immigrants Tel: 410-547-5490. Esperanza Center of Catholic Charities-MD provides immigrants and uninsured individuals with access to medical and mental health care, social services, referrals, language classes, and pro-bono (free) or low-cost legal consultation and services. English language, computer literacy, and citizenship classes are available. Service area: Baltimore, MD.

Esperanza Center Anti-Trafficking Program www.catholiccharities-md.org/immigrants  Tel: 443-275-0700. Provides case management services, education and employment assistance, and pro bono legal consultation and representation to unaccompanied children and survivors of serious crimes, including human trafficking and intimate partner violence. Service Area: Residents of Maryland.

Foreign Born Information & Referral Network (FIRN)www.firnonline.org  Tel: 410-992-1923. Offers guidance and assistance on immigration laws and regulations, information and referrals, after-school literacy programs, language connections and interpreting. Service area: Howard County and central Maryland.

George Washington University Immigration Clinicwww.law.gwu.edu  Tel: 202-994-7463. Immigration Clinic students represent clients under supervision of the clinic director. The Clinic accepts affirmative asylum cases and removal or deportation cases in the Immigration Court at Arlington, Virginia. Cases are accepted only during school semesters. Service area: Washington metropolitan region, for cases scheduled in the Arlington Immigration Court.

House of Ruth / Adelante Familia www.hruth.org  Tel: 410-732-2176. 24-hour Hotline: (410) 889-RUTH (7884). House of Ruth provides prevention, intervention, legal aid and advocacy services for victims of domestic violence. The agency operates a shelter for women and children in immediate danger, individual and group counseling victims/survivors, and drop-in Crisis Support Groups. Service area: Baltimore and surrounding area.

Human Rights First - http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/  Tel: 202-547-5692 (Washington DC Office).  An independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals through pressing the U.S. government and private companies to respect human rights and the rule of law. HRF also provides free legal representation to individuals who do not already have legal representation, cannot afford an attorney, and need help with a claim for asylum or other protection-based form of immigration status (http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/asylum). New York and Houston offices can also help people who are seeking asylum from within a nearby immigration detention center. Service Area: Washington D.C., New York City and Houston.

Immigrant and Refugee Rights (IRR) Project of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs – www.washlaw.org  Tel: 800-299-8308. Spanish: 202-319-1000, x8001. Assists immigrant newcomers and non-English speakers in filing charges of discrimination and pursuing litigation in both the EEOC and federal courts. Provides representation on a range of issues, including: discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations, medical care and government services; sexual assault and/or abuse by employers; and loan mortgage modification scams. In criminal cases, the IRR Project staff continues to work with the EEOC and other agencies to help procure U-Visas so that the clients may prosecute. Service Area: Metro DC.

KIND (Kids in Need of Defense) www.supportkind.org/en/about-us  Tel: 443-470-9437. Provides pro-bono (free) legal services for unaccompanied immigrant children. Service area: Nationwide with eight affiliate offices.

Maryland Immigration Rights Coalition (MIRC) www.marylandimmigrantrightscoalition.org  Tel: 410-767-9854. Coordinates and maximizes existing resources to increase quality pro bono and low-cost legal representation to low-income immigrants. Provides community education on immigration and advocates on behalf of immigrants.  Service area: Maryland.

Tahirih Justice Center www.tahirih.org  Tel: 410-999-1900 (Baltimore office); 571-282-6161 (Falls Church, VA office). Works to protect immigrant women and girls seeking justice from gender-based violence through pro bono (free) legal and social services, referrals, advocacy, and public education programs.  Service area: Nationwide.

Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition www.tassc.org  Tel: 202-529-2991.Conducts advocacy to end torture and to empower survivors, their families and communities. Offers legal and social services including counseling, transitional housing, and medical and employment referrals. Service area: Metropolitan DC area.

University of Maryland Immigration Carey School of Law Immigration Clinic http://www.law.umaryland.edu/programs/clinic/initiatives/immigration  Tel: 410-706-3295. Provides free legal consultation, advice and referrals to individuals in removal proceedings in the Baltimore Immigration Court. Consultations are held every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. Individuals must arrive by 9:30 a.m. to be seen. Clinic also provides free representation in removal proceedings for a limited number of clients seeking asylum and other immigration relief. Service area: Maryland.

The United States Department of Justice Office of Legal Access Programs (OLAP)www.justice.gov  Tel: 703-305-0289. Provides legal information and a state-by-state list of pro bono resources to increase rates of representation for immigrants appearing before the Immigration Courts and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Service area: Nationwide.

Women’s Law Center of Maryland/ Multi-Ethnic Domestic Violence Project www.wlcmd.org Tel: 410-396-3294. Provides pro bono legal services to foreign-born victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault. (410) 396-3294 Area served: Maryland.

World Relief Baltimore Immigration Legal Clinic – http://worldrelief.org/Page.aspx?pid=2896  Tel: 410-244-0002. Provides assistance to immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers or their family members. Partners with the University Of Maryland School Of Law to provide consultations to individuals in deportation proceedings on a biweekly basis with the collaboration of volunteer pro bono attorneys. Initial consultations are provided at the World Relief office in downtown Baltimore (7 East Baltimore Street) every Wednesday starting at 9:30 on a first-come, first-served basis; cost is $70 for employed individuals, free to those who are not working. Service area: Maryland; clients with an immigration case pending in Maryland.

MEDICAL RESOURCES

The Access Partnership (TAP)http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health  Provides access to effective, compassionate, evidence-based primary and specialty care for uninsured and underinsured residents of the East Baltimore community surrounding The Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (JHBMC) with demonstrated financial need. Service area: Baltimore metropolitan area.

Baltimore Medical System’s Highlandtown Healthy Living Center http://www.bmsi.org/  Tel: 410-732-8800. Provides refugee health and mental health screens upon arrival in Baltimore, primary care and behavioral health with culturally competent providers and trained on-site interpreters. On-site languages include Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, French, Tigrinya, Amharic, Hindi, English, Swahili and sign language. Language line is available for other languages. Service area: Baltimore metropolitan area.

Counselors Helping (South) Asians/Indians (CHAI) www.chaicounselors.org  Tel: 443-615-1355. Provides information and referrals on mental health and wellness for South Asian community members. Service area: Maryland.

Esperanza Centerwww.catholiccharities-md.org/immigrant s Tel: 410-547-5490. Esperanza Center of Catholic Charities-MD provides immigrants and uninsured individuals with access to medical and mental health care, social services, referrals, language classes, and legal services. English language, computer literacy, and citizenship classes are available. Service area: Baltimore, MD.

Healthcare for the Homeless www.hchmd.org  Tel: 410-837-5533. Provides medical and dental services, social work and case management, mental health treatment, and supportive housing for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness, mental and physical illness. Service area: Baltimore, MD.