Legal Services Refugee Resettlement Other Resources
Hartford Public Library (HPL) is recognized by the US Department of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to offer legal advice by its BIA accredited representatives. Only Attorneys or BIA Accredited Representatives can provide legal advice. Notary publics, businesses, immigration consultants are NOT able to give immigration legal advice. THE WRONG HELP CAN HURT!
SCOPE OF SERVICE:
N-400 Application (Citizenship Application) Funded in part by the U.S. Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Citizenship Grant, the Library is offering FREE legal assistance for customers preperaing their citizenship application; service includes free photographs, photocopies, postage, mailing, follow-up on the applicant’s N-400 submission, and representation at the 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.
Free Citizenship Classes are also availble..
Fee based services:
I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Residence Card - $35.00
Document Translation (limited languages) - $20.00 a page
Customers wishing to fill out online forms themselves are advised to visit the USCIS
official website and READ ME FIRST
. The USCIS website is the government's official website for immigration information. Here you can check your case status, download forms, and schedule an appointment with an Immigration Officer. If you need assistance navigating this site please contact a library staff member.
Appointments for CT residents are scheduled at the Hartford Field Office, 450 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103. Phone (800) 375-5283, TDD/Text (800) 767-1833. Hours of Operation: 7:30am to 3:00 p.m. 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
25 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 424-4387 email: email@example.com
State Refugee Health Coordinator: Alison Stratton
State Analyst: Bill McPherrin
35 Groton Street, Hartford, CT 06106
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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 Community by 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.
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.)
Migration Policy Institute
National Partnership for New Americans
Immigration Learning Center
U.S. Immigration History
U.S. Department of State
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
WRAPS Refugee Processing Center
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