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Legal Services

Hartford Public Library (HPL) is recognized by the US Department of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to offer legal advice.  Only Attorneys or BIA Accredited Representatives can provide legal advice. Notary publics, businesses, immigration consultants are NOTable to give immigration legal advice. THE WRONG HELP CAN HURT!

BIA Accredited Library Staff:   

  • Maryanne Daly Doran, JD, Immigration Legal Services Manager; BIA Accredited Representative
  • Denise Torres, MAT, BIA Accredited Representative

Scope of service:

FREE: Citizenship Preperation Services HPL has been awarded grant funds from U.S. Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to offer FREE professional legal counseling and classes for legal permanent residents preparing for U.S. Citizenship. Free lservices include: photographs, photocopies, postage, mailing, follow-up on applicants N-400 submission, and representation at applicant’s interview. 

NOTE: You may be eligible to waive the fees associated with applying for Citizenship. To schedule an appointment visit us in person at the Downtown Library (500 Main St.) days, evenings, and Saturdays; special arrangements are made for the homebound.
 
Fee based services
I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Residence Card $25.00
I-131, Application for Travel Document S25.00
N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship $50.00
Translation of documents (limited languages) $20.00 a page
 
Customers wishing to fill out online forms themselves are advised to READ ME FIRST  

United States Citizenship and Immigration ServicesServio de Cuidandania e Immigracion de Estados Unidos (USCIS) is the primary website for immigration information. If you need assistance navigating this site please contact a library staff member. 


Schedule a free appointment to visit a local USCIS office and get answers on your case.

Appointments for CT residents are scheduled at:
USCIS Hartford Field Office
450 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
Phone (800) 375-5283, TDD/Text (800) 767-1833.
Hours of Operation: 7:30am to 3:00pm Monday - Friday (with the exception of the 3rd Friday of each month when the office is closed to the public). 

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Refugee Resettlement and Background Information  


The Cultural Orientation Resource Center (COR)
 provides orientation resources for refugee newcomers and service providers. Publications include refugee background information, notably: 

Office of United Nations Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Primary purpose safeguarding the rights and well-being of refugees.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Refugee Settlement (ORR) Oversees federally funded refugee resettlement programs in the US.

U.S. State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) Promotes United States’ population and migration policies.  


Connecticut Refugee Resettlement Services  

Connecticut State Refugee Coordinator
Department of Social Services
David Frascarelli
25 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 424-4387 email: david.frascarelli@ct.gov

State Refugee Health Coordinator: Alison Stratton  
State Analyst: Bill McPherrin

Catholic Charities Migration & Refugee Services
35 Groton Street, Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 297-7800  
 
Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services
235 Nicoll Street, New Haven, CT 06511
Email: info@irisct.org  
 
International Institute of Connecticut
670 Clinton Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605-1704
(203) 336-0141

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Suggested readings:

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishamael Beah
A firsthand account of the ongoing plight of child soldiers in conflicts worldwide.

The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter the American Communitby Mary Pipher
Reveals the joys, frustrations, and hopes of refugees resettling in America. 

Outcasts United: an American Town, a Refugee Team. and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference by Warren St. John
An American-educated Jordanian woman who founded a youth soccer team to unify Clarkston, Georgia's refugee children and keep them off the streets.

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
Explores the clash between a small county hospital in California and a refugee family from Laos over the care of Lia Lee, a Hmong child diagnosed with severe epilepsy.

Suggested films:

Blood Diamond (2007 Feature Film,143 min.) 

God Grew Tired of Us (2007 Documentary, 90 min.) 

Hotel Rwanda (2005 Feature Film, 122 min.) 

The Killing Fields (1984 Feature film, 142 min.)  

The Letter, an American Town, and the Somali (2003 Documentary, 76 min.)  

The Lost Boys of Sudan (2004 Documentary, 87 min.)  

Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008 Documentary, 72 min.) 

Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire (2005 Documentary, 90 min.) 
 

Other Resources

Immigrant Rights
Migration Policy Institute 
National Partnership for New Americans 
Immigration Learning Center  
U.S. Immigration History  
U.S. Department of State

STATISTICS
Brookings Institution Of note: state-of-metropolitan-america-indicator-map 
Federation for American Reform (FAIR) 
Grant Makers Concerned with Immigration and Refugees (GCIR)  
New York Times: Immigration Explorer Interactive Map: 1880-2000   
New York Times: Mapping America: Every City Every Block   
TrendCT  
WRAPS Refugee Processing Center

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