Refugee & Immigrant Rights

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The Advocates for Human Rights represents asylum seekers, advocates for legal reform, and works to help better integrate newcomers to the United States.

Legal Services 
Partnering pro bono attorneys with local immigration law experts, The Advocates leverages millions of dollars of in-kind legal services to deliver client-centered legal case management for hundreds of asylum seekers each year.

Legal Reform

The Advocates works to ensure that U.S. immigration policies respect human rights. We monitor US compliance with international human rights obligations; help people report instances of arbitrary detention to the UN; monitor immigration-related legislation in the United States and in our home state of Minnesota; and work in coalition to improve immigration detention conditions and end arbitrary detention.

Immigrant Integration
The Advocates works to combat anti-immigrant sentiment. We provide information and make presentations to community organizations, faith-based groups, immigrants, students, and the general public about immigration to the United States, counter myths about immigration, and to support welcoming communities. Learn more about The Advocates' approach to immigrant integration through a human rights approach at Moving from Exclusion to Belonging: Immigrant Rights in Minnesota Today. Click here to view/download the report. Click here to view/download the Executive Summary. Click here to view/download the report's one-page summary.

Featured Partner: Southeastern Minnesota Interfaith Immigrant Legal Defense