Representing Our Community

During this time when community legal services are scarce, CHIRLA provides the high-quality representation our community requires.

CHIRLA is recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and offers immigration legal services at low cost. Licensed attorneys supervise all legal staff, including accredited representatives and paralegals.

CHIRLA attorneys and Department of Justice representatives provide reliable expertise with cultural sensitivity to the trauma our immigrant community regularly sustains.

During the COVID-19 health emergency, CHIRLA’s offices are closed to the public in accordance with county health directives. However, our legal staff remains on the job.

We provide limited legal services for DACA renewals via a consultation request link posted on our Instagram and Facebook pages on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. For Initial DACA applications, we post a consultation request link on our Instagram and Facebook pages on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Space is limited to the first 20 eligible applicants.

If you have non-DACA legal questions, we encourage you to call (213) 201-3797 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 8-10 a.m. We have legal personnel staffing the line.

Student Services

CHIRLA has on-campus locations at 14 community colleges and four CSU campuses across California. We serve students, faculty and staff to ensure their rights and protections. Click below for more information.

Removal Defense

CHIRLA’s removal defense team focuses on families facing deportation. A CHIRLA attorney can help with your defense, or that of a loved one, regardless of detention status. To speak with a legal representative about your case call (213) 201-3797 Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 8-10 a.m.

Family Unity

CHIRLA’s family unity team works to keep families together through family based petitions and other processes. They also offer legal representation to victims of crime applying for VAWA and U visas. The team offers consultations twice a week.

Clinical Team

CHIRLA’s clinical team specializes in naturalization and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). We help with DACA renewals through virtual clinics held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. For initial DACA applications, look for the consultation request link posted on our Instagram and Facebook pages on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Space is limited to the first 20 eligible applicants.

Additional Immigration Assistance

The National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA)

The National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) is a national multiethnic, multiracial partnership. We represent the collective power and resources of the country’s 37 largest regional immigrant and refugee rights organizations in 31 states. Our members provide large-scale services—from naturalization to voter registration to deportation defense —for their communities, and they combine service delivery with sophisticated organizing tactics to advance local and state policy. We exist to leverage their collective power and expertise for a national strategy.

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COVID-19 Notice

During the COVID-19 health emergency, CHIRLA’s offices are closed to the public in accordance with county health directives. However, our legal staff remains on the job. 

We provide limited legal services for DACA renewals via a consultation request link posted on our Instagram and Facebook pages on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. For Initial DACA applications, a consultation request link posted on our Instagram and Facebook pages on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. The link remains open until slots for appointments are filled. The slots fill up fast, so if you cannot access the link, watch for the next posting on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

If you have non-DACA legal questions, we encourage you to call 213-201-3797 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Legal staff are available at the time to answer your questions. 

We continue to represent our clients in detention, as immigration courts continue some operations, including hearings. We confer with our clients and file motions in their cases as we are able. 

We also work with the policy and advocacy department to push the federal government to release all immigrants held in crowded private detention lockups with little medical attention. We know that, in this pandemic, our clients are at deadly risk, as are workers at those facilities. We believe continuing detention policies in this environment will only prolong the damage from this disease. 

Please check back for updates as the recovery moves forward.