Client Intake Process

To receive legal help from The Advocates for Human Rights, help begins with a simple phone call. To be considered for free legal help from The Advocates, to call our intake phone line at 612-341-9845. The Advocates does not do intake interviews for walk-in clients. 

When you call, you will be asked some preliminary questions:

  • Where you live;
  • Your income and the income of your family members;
  • Your immigration history; and
  • Your asylum case.

You can also fill out our intake form online. We will review the information you give us; if you meet our guidelines, we will call you back to schedule an intake appointment.

An intake appointment usually lasts 1 ½ - 2 hours, and takes place either at our office. If you live outside of the Twin Cities metro area, the appointment can take place over the phone. During the intake appointment, our staff will ask you questions to learn more about your asylum case and will review any documents you have relating to your case. In order to protect your privacy, we prefer to meet with just you and an interpreter (if needed). After the meeting, our legal staff will review your case and notify you whether we are able to locate a volunteer attorney to represent you. Due to limited resources we are unable to represent everyone who seeks our help.

If we are able to help you, we will send you a letter to let you know we will find a volunteer attorney to represent you. This process can take a few weeks, so please be patient. If we cannot help you, we will send you a list of attorneys and agencies you may wish to contact for help.