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Legal Services

Hartford Public Library is recognized by the US Department of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to offer legal consultation. NOTE: Only qualified library staff are authorized to provide legal advice. Customers wishing to fill out online forms themselves are advised to READ ME FIRST

Immigration Legal Services Staff 
  Rafael Pichardo, Esq., Legal Services Manager
  Maryanne Daly Doran, JD, BIA Accredited Representative
  Denise Torres, MAT, BIA Accredited Representative. 

Scope of Services and Fees
An initial Eligibility Interview is provided free of charge (no appointment necessary). Once eligibility is determined, you may schedule an appointment for an initial Legal Consultation ($25.00) and make the fee payment. Payment is required at this time to secure an appointment. NOTE: If unable to make same day payment, you are welcome to return another day and schedule an appointment and make full fee payment. Immediate fee payment is required to avoid “no-shows” and to allow the Library to continue offering reasonable charges. 
  • Eligibility Interview Free
  • Legal Consultation $25.00 
  • G-639, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) $10.00
  • I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Residence Card $25.00
  • I-131, Application for Travel Document S25.00
  • N-400, Application for Naturalization $65.00 
  • N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship $50.00
  • Translation of documents (limited languages) $20.00 a page 
  • N 648 Disability Waiver $90.00
  • Fee Waiver $10 - $25
  • Photo 2 for $10   



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. To meet with an Immigartion Officer in-person you must make an appointment using the online system Infopass. Click here to make your INFOPASS APPOINTMENT

 Appointments for CT residents are scheduled at the USCIS Hartford Field Office loacted at 450 Main Street, First Floor 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).

USCIS Application Support Center BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!
467 Silver Street, East Hartford, CT 06118
Hours of Operation: Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
 

REMEMBER!Only attorneys or accredited representatives can give you legal advice about which USCIS forms to submit.  Notary publics, immigration consultants and businesses are not able to give immigration legal advice. If you are not sure what immigration benefits to apply for or which USCIS forms you need to file, then you may need to seek immigration legal advice. For more information on immigration fraud CLICK HERE  or Watch a video: The Wrong Help Can Hurt: Be Aware of Immigration Scams

 

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Refugee Resettlement and Background Information  


The Cultural Orientation Resource Center (COR)
 provides many important orientation resources for refugee newcomers and service providers, including, lesson plans, educational tools, multimedia recordings, and numerous publications providing key information about various refugee populations. These publications include a population's history, culture, religion, language, education, resettlement needs, and demographic information. Following are some examples:  

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. This site offers important updated statistical data about immigrants and refugees as well as information about humanitarian efforts to provide aid to immigrants and refugees worldwide. 

The data below represents Hartford's recent refugee arrivals


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
125 Market Street, Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 548-0059  
 
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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Recommended Readings:

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishamael Beah
This memoir of a young man who at the age of 12 was swept up in Sierra Leone's civil war provides 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 trials and errors, hopes and dreams, joys and frustrations of refugees from around the world.

Outcasts United: an American Town, a Refugee Team. and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference by Warren St. John
This inspirational story tells about 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
This story 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.


Recommended Films:

Blood Diamond (2007 Feature Film,143 min.) Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, an ex-mercenary turned smuggler and a Mende fisherman join for two desperate missions: to recover a rare pink diamond and rescue the fisherman's son who was concripted as a child soldier into the brutal rebel forces. 

God Grew Tired of Us (2007 Documentary, 90 min.) Explores the indomitable spirit of three "Lost Boys" from the Sudan who are forced to leave their homeland due to a tumultuous civil war. 

Hotel Rwanda (2005 Feature Film, 122 min.) Paul Ruseasabagina, a Rwandan hotel manager, risks his own life to arrange shelter for over one thousand people seeking refuge from the violence of the 1994 Rwandan civial war. Based on actual events.

The Killing Fields (1984 Feature film, 142 min.) Dith Pran is an aid, translator and friend of two journalists who are covering the war in Cambodia. He is eventually exiled to the labor camps in Cambodia's countryside, where he endures four years of starvation, torture and war before escaping to Thailand. 

The Letter, an American Town, and the Somali (2003 Documentary, 76 min.) Neo-Nazi outsiders barnstorm the town of Lewiston, Maine to exploit local hatred. 

The Lost Boys of Sudan (2004 Documentary, 87 min.) The journey of two Sudanese teenage refugee boys who resettle in America. 

Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008 Documentary, 72 min.) Chronicles the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their country.

Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire (2005 Documentary, 90 min.) General Romeo Dallaire was the commander of the UN peacekeeping troops in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide which claimed 800,000 lives. This film follows Dallaire back to Rwanda ten years after the massacre in order for him to come to terms with the atrocities he witnessed there. 


Other Resources

Humanitarian Benefits (Refugees, Asylum, DACA...)
Immigrant Rights
Immigration Statistics
U.S. Immigration History
U.S. Department of State (U.S. Passport, Visa Lottery)

 

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