Immigration and Shelters


Changes in federal law have created uncertainty for people with undocumented status, as well as for the shelters who may serve them.

As we navigate these times of changing legislation, it is important to know the obligations and rights of a shelter or housing facility as well as the clients that we serve.

Shelters can be proactive on immigration issues before they arise. The webinar and resources below include contact information, legal advice, and client planning tools to be prepared and informed about potential incidents.


Immigration & Shelters Webinar

Click here to view the recorded webinar

Immigration & Shelters PowerPoint presentation


Legal Resource Assistance Lines

All Inquiries and requests for assistance are confidential. 

Hartford County – Greater Hartford Legal Aid – (860) 541-5000

New Haven County – New Haven Legal Assistance – (203) 946-4811

Statewide – Connecticut Legal Services Immigration Hotline –  (800) 798-0671

International Institute of Connecticut -Bridgeport –  203 336 0141

International Institute of Connecticut – Stamford – 203 965 7190

International Institute of Connecticut – Hartford – 860 692 3085


Additional Resources

Family Preparedness Plan

The Family Preparedness Plan discusses methods to arrange care for children when parents’ immigration status is in danger and provides resources from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. Click here to download the Family Preparedness Plan in Arabic, Haitian Creole, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish.

International Institute of Connecticut Immigration Services

IICONN’s immigration lawyers and counselors offer low-cost representation and legal assistance for visa services, status adjustment, temporary protected status, deportation defense, and other immigration services.

Immigration and Schools: Supporting Success for Undocumented and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

A guide for educators, advocates, McKinney-Vento liaisons, and attorneys to supporting homeless and undocumented students in their education and legal status.

Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services

IRIS’s Immigration Legal Services provide the legal services to help immigrants and refugees achieve legal residency, citizenship, and family unification.

Know Your Rights: What To Do If ICE Agents Are At Your Door

This ACLU slideshow acts as a guide to rights and legal resources when confronted by agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

State Guidance for Immigration Law Enforcement in Connecticut

A memo from Governor Dannel Malloy’s office about Connecticut immigration law enforcement policies and the Connecticut Trust Act.

State Guidance for Superintendents on Immigration

Connecticut public school superintendents can employ these strategies from Governor Dannel Malloy’s office to support immigrant students and their families.

American Immigrant Lawyers Association: Connecticut Chapter

The Connecticut chapter of the ALIA represents Connecticut asylum seekers and immigrant families seeking residence for their loved ones on a low-cost or pro bono basis.

Connecticut Legal Services Statement on the Legal Rights of Refugees, Immigrants, and People of All Religions

Connecticut Legal Services, a statewide organization that provides legal representation and counseling to low-income Connecticut residents, is prepared to provide legal aid to undocumented and low-income immigrants. They also offer an immigration legal advice hotline available at 1-800-798-0671.