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Become a Client

Thank you for contacting The Advocates for Human Rights. We need to understand your case to know if we can help you. Everything you share with us is kept confidential and will never be shared without your permission. 

If you are an Afghan evacuee, instead of following the steps below, please visit our web page here for specific instructions on how to get connected to legal services.

STEP 1: Contact us to start the process.

Call our intake phone line at 612-341-9845 or fill out the online intake form (click here for English, click here for other languages) to start the process. This intake includes questions about your basic demographic information (where you live, where you are from, your income, and more), as well as questions about your immigration case and history (including questions about asylum and trafficking). If we do not answer the phone, please leave a voicemail with your name, phone number, where you are located, and a message describing what help you need.

STEP 2: Evaluation and follow up.

After your intake, The Advocates’ legal staff decides if we can help with your case. This process may take a few weeks or more, so please be patient.

During this process, our staff may contact you to ask follow-up questions. We typically ask about your case and review your documents. If you have them, it helps us to see your passport, any papers that Border Patrol, ICE, or the Immigration Court gave you, copies of any papers you filed with immigration, and any other evidence you think will help us understand why you cannot safely return to your home country.  To protect your privacy, we prefer to meet with only you (and an independent interpreter, if needed). 

STEP 3: Decision.

We will contact you by letter, email, or phone with our decision. You can look for help elsewhere while we are evaluating your case. Please tell us if you hire a lawyer.

If we can help you, we will send you a letter saying that we will find a volunteer lawyer to represent you. If we cannot help you, we will send you a list of other lawyers and organizations, as well as general information about the asylum process.

Whether or not we are able to take your case, we wish you well. Additional legal resources can be found on our self-help page. Additional non-legal resources can be found on the Minnesota Asylum Network website.

Client Intake Line


Call anytime to leave a message or fill out the online form (English version, other languages).

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Outside the U.S.?

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