Legal Counseling Services

Legal Counseling Services Serving the needs of immigrants has been a cornerstone of the social mission of the Church in Philadelphia since its beginnings. In 1975 the influx of Southeast Asian refugees prompted establishment of Immigration Services. Bi-lingual staff provide low-cost assistance in document preparation, legal counsel and representation, translation services, and access to applicable social services. Over 500 clients annually are assisted in their efforts to reunite their families through application for visas, work authorization, asylum, permanent residency, and citizenship. Advocacy, training, and community outreach efforts help to advance fair treatment of immigrants and protection of their rights. Legal services staff assist clients with residency or citizenship issues to prepare and submit applications with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and staff lawyers serve as advocates in Immigration Court. The service is recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Victims of Human Trafficking Program

This program is a collaborative effort with the United States Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services to protect victims of human trafficking.