In addition to HIAS’ legal protection work in countries around the world, HIAS provides free legal representation for vulnerable immigrants seeking asylum and other humanitarian protection in the United States. In New York and Silver Spring, Maryland, HIAS lawyers have on average more than a decade of experience representing clients in complex asylum and immigration proceedings. An extensive network of pro bono lawyers supports HIAS’ work to provide legal representation and community volunteers are trained to serve as navigators to help clients access social services, educational and employment opportunities.
In the past year, HIAS has achieved a very high success rate, receiving approvals for:
- 20 asylum cases;
- 15 adjustments of status to permanent residency;
- 3 Special Immigrant Juvenile Status; and
- 67 applications for employment authorization
HIAS continues to file cases for humanitarian immigration status and support clients in preparing for their interviews and hearings, as well as provide legal consultations to hundreds of clients through HIAS’ partnership with the Guatemalan Consulate.