Changes in federal law have created uncertainty for people with undocumented status, as well as for the providers who may serve them. Here are some resources to help providers in their work.
“Immigration status is not a bar to providing certain services necessary to protect life or safety, such as emergency shelter, short-term housing assistance including transitional housing, crisis counseling, and intervention programs.” (from the 2016 HUD, HHS, and DOJ Joint Letter Regarding Immigrant Access to Housing and Services)
Immigration & Shelters Webinar
The webinar and resources below include contact information, legal advice, and client planning tools to be prepared and informed about potential incidents.
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
- 2016 HUD, HHS, and DOJ Joint Letter Regarding Immigrant Access to Housing and Services (PDF)
- 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.
- 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.
- ICE Arrests Flyers in Eight Languages
Guides and infographics from the Immigrant Defense Project in multiple languages.
- ICE Raids Toolkit
A comprehensive guide from the Immigrant Defense Project and the Center for Constitutional Rights for dealing with ICE raids.
- Homelessness and Immigration Enforcement: What You Should Know
A simple, four-step guide from NAEH on preparing for immigration enforcement in a homeless service setting.
- Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants
CIRICT’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.
- 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.
- A Shifted Landscape: Undocumented & Documented Immigrants
A workshop summary from the 2017 National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference by CCEH staff members Carl Asikainen and Brian Roccapriore.