Legal Services Refugee Resettlement Other Resources
Hartford Public Library
The American Place Legal Services Program
500 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Hartford Public Library is recognized by the US Department of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to offer legal consultation. Please note that only qualified library staff are authorized to provide legal advice. Customers wishing to fill out online forms themselves are advised to please READ ME FIRST
Immigration Legal Services Staff
Rafael Pichardo, Esq., Program Manager
Maryanne Daly Doran, JD, BIA Accredited Representative,
Denise Torres, 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 Services/ Servio de Cuidandania e Immigracion de Estados Unidos (USCIS) is the most authoratative source for immigration information. If you need assistance navigating the USCIS webste, contact The American Place or a library staff member.
USCIS Hartford Field Office also provide limited information and customer services that supplement those provided through their website and by phone. BY INFOPASS APPOINTMENT ONLY!
450 Main Street, First Floor, Hartford, CT 06103
(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 or go to www.uscis.gov/avoidscams 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 throughout the United States and overseas. This includes 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.
The Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal
The Bosnians: an Introduction to their History and Culture
Refugees from Burma: Their Backgrounds and Refugee Experiences
Refugees from Iraq
Liberians: an Introduction to Their History and Culture
Meskhetian Turks: an Introduction to their History, Culture and Resettlement Experiences
The Somali Bantu: Their History and Culture Office of United Nations Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
UNHCR’s primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Refugee Settlement (ORR)
ORR oversees federally funded refugee resettlement programs in the US.
U.S. State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM)
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
25 Sigourney Street
Hartford, CT 06106
State Refugee Health Coordinator: Alison Stratton
State Analyst: Bill McPherrin
125 Market Street
Hartford, CT 06103
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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 Community by 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.
Blood Diamond (2007)
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 of immense value and rescuing the fisherman's son who was concripted as a child soldier into the brutal rebel forces ripping a swath of torture and bloodshed across teh alternately beautiful beautiful and ravaged countryside. (143 min.)
God Grew Tired of Us (2007)
Explores the indomitable spirit of three "Lost Boys" from the Sudan who are forced to leave their homeland due to a tumultuous civil war. (90 min)
Hotel Rwanda (2005)
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. (122 min)
The Killing Fields (1984)
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. (142 min)
The Letter, an American Town, and the Somali (2003)
Documentary about racism in America, as seen in neo-Nazi outsiders barnstorming the town of Lewiston, Maine to exploit local hatred. (76 min)
The Lost Boys of Sudan (2004)
The journey of two teenage Sudanese boys, orphaned by their war torn country, who traveled to America looking for a safer environment and learning to cope with the unfamiliar complexities of contemporary American society. (87 min)
Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008)
This documentary chronicles the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their country. Thousands of women, ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and daughters, both Christian and Muslim, came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace. (72 min)
Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire (2005)
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. (90 min)
Humanitarian Benefits (Refugees, Asylum, DACA...)
U.S. Immigration History
U.S. Department of State (U.S. Passport, Visa Lottery)
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