Immigrant Justice Clinic

The Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC) provides legal services to Wisconsin's under served immigrant community. This may include filing applications for humanitarian relief available to non-citizen victims of crime, persecution, and human trafficking, or defending non-citizens facing removal in Immigration Court. Students also make monthly visits to the Dodge County Detention Center in Juneau, Wisconsin, to conduct intakes and provide legal assistance to non-citizens detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Clinic also engages in appellate advocacy on behalf of indigent non-citizens through the filing of written legal briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals. IJC also works with criminal defense attorneys to negotiate plea agreements that will not adversely affect their clients' immigration status. Law students (under the supervision of the clinical instructor) provide these legal services free of charge.   

Information for Students

The Immigrant Justice Clinic provides free legal services to Wisconsin's under served immigrant community while training law students in cutting-edge aspects of immigration law. Students who participate in IJC provide direct representation to non-citizens who are requesting relief from deportation. This may include filing applications for humanitarian relief available to non-citizen victims of crime, persecution, and human traficking, or defending non-citizens facing removal in Immigration Court. Students also make monthly visits to the Dodge County Detention Center in Juneau, Wisconsin, to conduct intakes and provide legal assistance to non-citizens detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 

For questions, please contact IJC director, Ben Harville

Volunteer Opportunities

IJC and CILC offers a number of volunteer and internship opportunities. For more information on how you can get involved, please contact IJC Volunteer Coordinator, Michelle Brandemuehl at mbrandemuehl@wisc.edu

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.

Information for the Public

How do I get help from the Immigrant Justice Clinic?

You may contact IJC at any time by calling (608) 890-3753. We will schedule an intake, either over the phone or in person, to discuss your situation and the possibility of receiving legal services from IJC. Please attempt to gather any and all immigration-related paperwork that you may have in anticipation of an intake, as this will help us assess your case and our ability to represent you. 

If IJC is unable to accept your case for representation, we will refer you to an agency that can. If IJC decides to take your case, we will meet with you to sign a client services agreement and discuss the next steps in your case. 

IJC may be able to help you if:

  • You or a family member has been placed in removal proceedings and has been scheduled for a hearing before the Immigration Court in Chicago, IL;
  • You or a family member has been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the Dodge County Detention Center in Juneau, WI;
  • You or a family member does not have legal status in the USA, but has been the victim of domestic violence, human trafficking or any other crime in the USA;
  • You or a family member has been persecuted or tortured in their country of origin;
  • You are a criminal defense attorney representing a client who is not a citizen of the United States, and you want advice regarding the potential immigration consequences of a plea or conviction.

IJC cannot help you if:

  • You already have an immigration attorney;
  • You are looking for assistance in recovering wages from an employer;
  • You have questions regarding any other field of law, such as bankruptcy, family law, housing, personal injury, or worker's compensation. If you have a problem in one of these areas, please contact the State Bar of Wisconsin Lawyer Referral and Information Services at (608) 257-4666/(800)362-9082, or at www.wisbar.org.

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¿Qué es la Clínica de Justicia para el Inmigrante?  


La Clínica de Justicia para el Inmigrante provee servicios legales a los inmigrantes en Wisconsin, quienes generalmente no han recibido los servicios necesarios.  Este puede incluir el aplicar para ayuda humanitaria disponible a las víctimas de delitos, persecución, o tráfico humano, o defender a los que están en el proceso de deportación en la Corte Inmigratoria.  Los estudiantes viajan mensualmente al Centro de Detención del Condado de Dodge en Juneau, Wisconsin, para entrevistar y proveer ayuda legal a los que están detenidos por la migra.  La Clínica también representa a inmigrantes en sus casos de apelación, por ejemplo escribiendo argumentos a la Junta de Apelaciones Inmigratorias.  La Clínica también trabaja con los abogados criminales a negociar acuerdos con el fiscal que no dañan al estatus inmigratorio de sus clientes.  Estudiantes de derecho (bajo la supervisión del abogado supervisor) proveen estos servicios sin costo. 
 

¿Cómo obtengo yo ayuda de la Clínica de Justicia para el Inmigrante?  


Ud. puede contactarse con la Clínica en cualquier momento llamando al (608) 890-3753.  Pondremos una cita, por teléfono o en persona, para hablar sobre su situación y la posibilidad de recibir servicios legales de la Clínica.  Por favor, junte todos los documentos inmigratorios que tenga antes de la cita, ya que eso nos ayuda a asesorar su caso y poder representarlo.  Si la Clínica no puede aceptar su caso para representación, intentamos referirlo a otra agencia que si pueda.  Si la Clínica decide aceptar su caso para representación, nos reunimos con Ud. para firmar un contrato de servicios y hablar sobre los siguientes pasos en su caso. 
 

La Clínica quizás le pueda ayudar si: 

  • O Ud. o un familiar se encuentra en proceso de deportación y tiene fecha de corte en la Corte Inmigratoria de Chicago, Illinois.  
  • O Ud. o un familiar ha sido detenido por los servicios inmigratorios en el Centro de Detención del Condado de Dodge en Juneau, WI.  
  • O Ud. o un familiar no tiene estatus legal en los estados unidos, pero ha sido víctima de violencia doméstica, tráfico humano, o cualquier otro delito en los estados unidos.  
  • O Ud. o un familiar ha sido perseguido o torturado en su país de origen.  
  • Ud. es un abogado criminal quien representa a un cliente quien no es ciudadano de los estados unidos y quiere consejo acerca de las consecuencias inmigratorias posibles.  

La Clinica no te puede ayudar si: 

  • Ya tiene abogado inmigratorio
  • Ud. necesita ayuda en recuperar dinero de un patrón
  • Tiene preguntas acerca de otra área de la ley, como la bancarrota, ley de familia, herida personales, o heridas en el trabajo.  Si tiene un problema en una de estas áreas, por favor contáctese con el servicio de referencias del estado de Wisconsin al (608) 257-4666/(608) 362-9082, o por correo electrónico en al www.wisbar.org.  

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