The Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC) works in collaboration with the Community Immigration Law Center (CILC) to provide direct legal representation to low-income immigrants in removal proceedings. The clinic also provides assessments of the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and conducts "Know Your Rights" presentations in the community. The IJC works to bring the law school and community partners together in an effort to better serve immigrants in our community in need of legal assistance.
Know your rights
“Know Your Rights” information packets about detention, deportation and defenses under U.S. immigration law, courtesy of the National Immigrant Justice Center:
The IJC and CILC offer a number of volunteer and internship opportunities. For more information on how you can get involved, please contact IJC Volunteer Coordinator Liz Bradley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bilingual Office Volunteers with the Immigrant Justice Center
IJC depends on the support of Spanish-English bilingual office interns to make phone calls, conduct telephone intakes, provide interpretation and translation services, assist clients with filling out immigration applications, and help with general office work.
- Intake Volunteers at the Dodge County Jail
One Friday a month, IJC and CILC, in collaboration with LLSA and NIJC, organize visits to the Dodge County Jail in Juneau, WI, which houses an average of 200 ICE detainees. Volunteers conduct one-on-one intakes with detainees for possible representation in removal proceedings.
- Intake Volunteers with the Community Immigration Law Center
CILC offers a free legal walk-in clinic every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month to provide legal consultations to Wisconsin's immigrant community. Volunteers conduct intakes on behalf of CILC attorneys with walk-in immigrant clients.
- Future Projects
From time to time, IJC and CILC may have a special project or event that we need help with, including community outreach, fundraising and staffing a help-line for families of those in immigration detention. Please contact us if you would like to be notified of future volunteer opportunities.
The IJC works with a variety of community partners to ensure that Wisconsin’s immigrant community has access to high-quality legal information and representation.
The Community Immigration Law Center provides free legal consultations to the Dane County immigrant community. Free legal walk-in clinics are offered at Christ Presbyterian Church on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month from 2pm – 5pm.
The National Immigrant Justice Center is a non-profit legal services organization based in Chicago that serves immigrant communities on a variety of issues including assisting asylum seekers, victims of domestic abuse, unaccompanied minors and victims of human trafficking.
The Latino Law Students Association is a student organization of the University of Wisconsin Law School. LLSA students collaborated with CILC to establish the Immigrant Justice Center in 2012 with the generous support of the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment.
The Centro Hispano works to improve the quality of life for Latinos in Dane County by empowering youth, strengthening families and engaging the community.
Voces de la Frontera is Wisconsin’s largest Latino and low-wage worker membership organization and a leading immigrant rights advocacy organization in the state. Their office is in Milwaukee, WI.
Latino Support Network (LaSup)
The Latino Support Network is a consortium of health, community and social service agencies and individuals interested in promoting the well-being of the Latino community in Dane County.