Free Legal Resource Guide

First StepsFirst Steps:  An LIRS Guide for Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants Released from Detention is available for free to help everyone navigate a complex system with plain language explanations.  Click here to read more or download your own free copy.

Now, you can also attend a free, three part training webinar to learn more about how to empower clients to undertand and exercise their rights independently.  Read more and register for any of the three part series below.

First Steps Training, Part 1: Legal Rights and Responsibilities

Thursday, March 12, 2 – 3:30pm | Register HERE

Topics include legal services and immigration court, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, and a look at how migrants in different statuses may be able to access rights to work, apply for protection, reunite with family, prove status, adjust status, and travel. It contains warnings about common legal pitfalls and mistakes, and contains advice on how to maintain status or ability to apply, and addresses common minor crimes that carry immigration consequences, rules for changing addresses, voting, the selective service, and more.

First Steps Training, Part 2: Basic Services and Needs

Wednesday, March 18, 2 – 3:30pm | Register HERE

Topcis includ how migrants in different statuses can get a work permit (including lodging for asylum seekers), social security card, and government ID. It also will explain the complex rules on who is eligible for public benefits such as TANF, SSI, SNAP, etc. and healthcare programs including the Affordable Care Act, and how to access these benefits.

First Steps Training, Part 3: Integration, Interpersonal Connections, Community Support

Wednesday, April 1, 2 – 3:30 pm | Register HERE

Topics include refugee, asylee, and asylum seeker integration; explaining finances to migrants; avoiding fraud and scams that frequently target migrants and other disasters; and resources for emotional support; religious, cultural, and community groups; torture treatment programs; and services providers.

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