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Immigration

Please remember every case is different and the following information or any part of it is no substitute for qualified legal advice.

Catholic Charities Immigration Law Office: Refugee Resettlement Services. Newly arrived refugees receive community orientation, job placement assistance, and case management. Program staff is available to offer guidance on all aspects of a new arrival's adjustment and facilitate use of community resources.

1505 NE 26th St.
Wilton Manors, FL 33305
Phone: 305-754-2444

Legal Aid of Broward County, Inc.: Legal Aid Service of Broward County's Immigration Unit provides assistance to the community's vulnerable immigrant population. They assist immigrant victims of domestic violence, victims of trafficking in persons, and victims of other violent crimes, in obtaining lawful immigration status. They also represent abused, abandoned, or neglected immigrant children in their applications for lawful permanent residence and litigate complex immigration cases before the Department of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

491 North State Road 7, Plantation, FL 33317
954-765-8950

Church World Service: CWS and its partners resettled 4,892 refugees in the U.S. last year. CWS also monitors U.S. public policy and practice toward immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants; represents public policy positions adopted by CWS to the federal government; and works in collaboration with a number of advocacy partners in refugee resettlement and protection organizations to build a hospitable community in the United States.

491 North State Road 7, Plantation, FL 33317
954-765-8950

American Friends Service Committee - AFSC: Offers immigration legal services to low income political asylum seekers and immigrants before the Miami Asylum Office and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as well as representation in removal proceedings before the Miami Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Also, provides outreach information to South Florida on immigration matters. Note: This agency may be able to service victims of human trafficking through this program.

111 NE 1st Ave., Ste. 300, Miami, FL 33132
305-600-5441   |   Fax: 305-432-4476

Cuban-American Bar Association - CABA: CABA's Pro Bono Project assists low income members of the Miami-Dade County community. Legal services are provided in the areas immigration and family law.

CABA Pro Bono Project
1898 NW 7th Street, Miami, FL 33125

CABA Pro Bono Office
305-646-0046   |   Fax: 305-646-0633
probono@cabaonline.com

FIAC: Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC) is a not-for-profit legal assistance organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the basic human rights of immigrants of all nationalities at the local, state and national levels.

3000 Biscayne Boulevard, Ste. 400, Miami, FL 33137
305-573-1106

CASA: CASA is a private non–profit 501(C)(3), community based organization established in 1994 to assist and support all immigrants. Immigration Assistance services entails the preparation of immigration forms and guidance on the processes. This assistance is provided by a group of certified paralegals who are supervised by the in house attorney. This service is available in both their locations.

Miami office
7925 NW 12 Street, Suite 414, Miami, FL 33126
305-463-7468 ext. 101 (Reception)   |   Fax: 305-463-7908

Broward office
1507 South University Drive, Suite A, Plantation, FL 33324
954-382-6000   |   Fax: 954-358-2807

Dade-County Bar Association Legal Line: The public is invited to call the Dade County Bar Association at (866) 596-0399 where volunteer attorneys will answer simple legal questions, give brief legal advice or refer the call to an appropriate social service agency for further assistance.

Coalition of Farmworkers Association (COFFO): Assists low income immigrants and farmworkers by providing technical assistance and information on immigration matters to individuals, businesses, and social service agencies, as well as serving as a liaison with INS and advocating on behalf of the client community.

Florida City Multi-Service
778 West Palm Drive, Florida City, FL 33034
305-246-0357   |   Fax: 305-246-2445
coffo.inc@coffo.org

Discrimination

Please remember every case is different and the following information or any part of it is no substitute for qualified legal advice.

Legal Services of Greater Miami – LSGMI: These attorneys handle cases of discrimination, access to healthcare, insurance and confidentiality problems for clients who are HIV positive. They serve the elderly regardless of income, people with IRS tax controversies if they have incomes up to 250% of the FPG, and AIDS clients up to 200% of the FPG.

Ilenia Sanchez-Bryson, Intake Director
3000 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 500, Miami, FL 33137
305-576-0080   |   TDD: 305-573-1578

Florida Justice Institute: The Florida Justice Institute provides civil legal assistance in State and Federal Fair Housing actions including: refusal to rent, sell or negotiate with a person who falls in one of the above protected classes; discrimination in the terms or conditions of a sale, rental, or in services or facilities; falsely denying housing availability; advertising in a discriminatory way; discrimination in financing, broker's services, or homeowner's insurance and refusal to make a reasonable accommodation or modification for a mentally or physically disabled person. Please note this does not include landlord - tenant actions such as eviction for non-payment of rent.

4320 Bank of America Tower
100 S.E. Second Street, Miami, FL 33131
305-358-2081   |   info@FloridaJusticeInstitute.org

Legal Representation & Juvenile Law

Please remember every case is different and the following information or any part of it is no substitute for qualified legal advice.

Florida Guardian ad Litem Program: The Florida program is a partnership of volunteers and professional staff, including attorneys, who represent the best interests of abused and neglected children whose cases are involved with Dependency court. For further information, call 1-866-341-1GAL (425) or visit their website.

Lawyers for Children America: Lawyers for Children America is a lead child advocacy organization protecting the rights of children who are victims of abuse; abandonment and neglect by providing quality pro bono legal representation and collaborating for systematic change to improve the lives of children. Lawyers for Children America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4000, Miami, FL 33131-2398
305-577-4771   |   Fax: 305-577-7001
fl@lawyersforchildrenamerica.org

Voices For Children Foundation, Inc. / Guardian Ad Litem Program (GAL): Voices was founded in 1984 by three Juvenile Court Judges who were moved by the vulnerability of the abused and neglected children who entered their courtrooms. Realizing these children lacked even the most basic necessities, the judges organized a group of GAL volunteers to administer a small fund of paid fines and donations, which eventually became Voices for Children Foundation. Today, Voices is part of a unique collaboration with the 11th Judicial Circuit.

Voices for Children Foundation
1500 NW 12th Avenue, Suite 1117, Miami, Florida 33136
305-324-5678   |   Fax: 305-324-1978

Put Something Back Pro Bono Program, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida: The Put Something Back Pro Bono Project is the official program for providing pro bono, or free legal assistance to the needy population of Miami-Dade County through the 11th Judicial District. Children's matters requiring the appointment of Guardians Ad Litem in juvenile; probate and civil court is one of the areas where assistance is available.

Legal Aid Society
Put Something Back Pro Bono Program
305-579-5733 ext. 2252

Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office: From a staff of 16 attorneys in 1971, the Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office (PD-11) has expanded into the largest criminal defense law firm in the State of Florida . As well as adult cases, PD-11 also handles juvenile, misdemeanor and cases in domestic court. PD-11 has specialized units both in the Juvenile Division and the Felony Division that handle the cases of juveniles identified by the State Attorney's Office as being in danger of transfer (direct filed) to adult court.

Bennett H. Brummer Building
1320 NW 14th Street, Miami, FL 33125
305-545-1600

Juvenile Justice Center
3300 NW 27th Avenue, Miami, FL 33142
305-638-6241

Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office: In-House and State Assistance Programs exist to help seal and expunge records and also to determine whether DNA evidence may lead to exoneration in a given case through the Justice in Motion (J.I.M) project. This assistance is available both in the context of adult and juvenile law.

E.R. Graham Building
1350 N.W. 12 Avenue, Miami, FL 33136-2111
305-547-0100

Juvenile Division Office
3302 N.W. 27 Avenue, Miami, FL 33142
305-637-1300

Domestic Violence and Abuse

Please remember every case is different and the following information or any part of it is no substitute for qualified legal advice.

Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office: In-House and State Assistance Programs exist in the following areas: Child Sexual Abuse Assistance; Child Support Enforcement; Community Outreach / Justice In Motion (J.I.M.); Domestic Violence & Stalking Assistance; Guide for Victims & Witnesses; Grant Letter of Support Application Form; How to Apply for Victims' Compensation?; Justice Project; Links to Other Victim Assistance Programs; Victim Access Network (VAN)

E.R. Graham Building
1350 N.W. 12 Avenue, Miami, FL 33136-2111
305-547-0100

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Anonymous & confidential help 24/7.
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)   |   1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

CASA: CASA is a private non–profit 501(C)(3), community based organization established in 1994 to assist and support all immigrants. CASA provides legal assistance to immigrant victims and survivors of Domestic Violence who qualify to apply for residency under Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Miami office
7925 NW 12 Street, Suite 414, Miami, FL 33126
305-463-7468 ext. 101 (Reception)   |   Fax: 305-463-7908

Broward office
1507 South University Drive, Suite A, Plantation, FL 33324
954-382-6000   |   Fax: 954-358-2807

Civil Rights

Please remember every case is different and the following information or any part of it is no substitute for qualified legal advice.

Florida Justice Institute: The Florida Justice Institute provides civil legal assistance in selected cases dealing with conditions of incarceration. They limit the cases to those which, if successful, will benefit large numbers of inmates and those which, although involving only one inmate, involve serious or permanent injuries. Only those cases where there is a reasonable likelihood of success on the merits and for which they have adequate resources are accepted. Cases involving criminal matters, including post-conviction relief, habeas corpus, eligibility for or revocation of parole, eligibility for or revocation of controlled release, clemency, deportation, Jimmy Ryce Act commitments, ineffective assistance of counsel, or claims of improper calculation of gain-time are not accepted.

4320 Bank of America Tower
100 S.E. Second Street, Miami, FL 33131
305-358-2081   |   info@FloridaJusticeInstitute.org

Fraud

Please remember every case is different and the following information or any part of it is no substitute for qualified legal advice.

Legal Aid Society of Dade County Bar Association: Full Legal Representation- Services to eligible clients are provided through the Put Something Back volunteer attorney project.

123 NW First Avenue, Suite 214, Miami, FL 33128
305-371-2220   |   Fax: 305-372-7693

Legal Services of Greater Miami – LSGMI: The Predatory Lending Project concerns elderly individuals and low income families, who are often the prime targets of illegal predatory lending and other unfair practices by lenders. Predatory lending is the practice of deceptively convincing borrowers to agree to unfair and abusive loan terms or systematically violating those terms in ways that make it difficult for the borrower to defend against. Often the goal of such lenders is to unfairly obtain ownership of a person's home, rather than receive the normal payment of interest and principal. The Project uses the courts to protect low income people from these unscrupulous lenders, and prevents the loss of homes by helping these individuals and families rescind unfair mortgages, reduce interest rates, and return finance charges.

Ilenia Sanchez-Bryson, Intake Director
3000 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 500, Miami, Florida 33137
305-576-0080   |   TDD: 305-573-1578

Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office: In-House and State Assistance Programs exist for the protection of the consumer. The SAO runs programs in the areas of Identity Theft and Bad Check restitution.

E.R. Graham Building
1350 N.W. 12 Avenue Miami , FL 33136-2111
305-547-0100

Housing

Please remember every case is different and the following information or any part of it is no substitute for qualified legal advice.

Legal Aid Society of Dade County Bar Association: Full legal representation - services to eligible clients are provided through the Put Something Back volunteer attorney project.

123 NW First Avenue, Suite 214, Miami, FL 33128
305-371-2220   |   Fax: 305-372-7693

Legal Services of Greater Miami – LSGMI: Renters Education Advocacy Legal Line (REAL)

This Project provides telephone advice to tenants with private housing matters. The Project advises tenants on issues such as how to defend their eviction case, request return of their security deposit, and demand repairs of their rental property. The Project also provides tenants with self-help materials which assist them in resolving their problem.

Legal Services offers legal representation to clients who are facing evictions from public housing, and federally and locally subsidized housing programs, including Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Programs, HUD Subsidized, Low Income Tax Credit, Supportive Housing, and Section 8 Project Based Housing, etc… They also represent and assist clients whose participation in those programs were either denied or terminated.

Ilenia Sanchez-Bryson, Intake Director
3000 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 500, Miami, FL 33137
305-576-0080   |   TDD: 305-573-1578

Put Something Back Pro Bono Program, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida

The Put Something Back Pro Bono Project is the official program for providing pro bono, or free legal assistance to the needy population of Miami-Dade County through the 11th Judicial District. Consumer and housing concerns is one of the areas where assistance is available.

Legal Aid Society
Put Something Back Pro Bono Program
305-579-5733 ext. 2252

Cuban-American Bar Association - CABA: CABA's Pro Bono Project assists low income members of the Miami-Dade County community. Legal services are provided regarding land lord tenant issues, consumer affairs, mortgage modification and foreclosure defense issues.

CABA Pro Bono Project
1898 NW 7th Street, Miami, FL 33125
CABA Pro Bono Office: 305-646-0046   |   Fax: 305-646-0633
probono@cabaonline.com

Public Benefits and Financial Security

Please remember every case is different and the following information or any part of it is no substitute for qualified legal advice.

Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center - FIAC: Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC) is a not-for-profit legal assistance organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the basic human rights of immigrants of all nationalities at the local, state and national levels.

3000 Biscayne Boulevard, Ste. 400, Miami, FL 33137
305-573-1106

Legal Aid Society of Dade County Bar Association: Full legal representation - services to eligible clients are provided through the Put Something Back volunteer attorney project.

123 NW First Avenue, Suite 214, Miami, FL 33128
305-371-2220   |   Fax: 305-372-7693

Put Something Back Pro Bono Program, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida: Consumer and housing concerns are handled by:

Legal Aid Society
Put Something Back Pro Bono Program
305-579-5733 ext. 2252

CASA: CASA is a private non–profit 501(C)(3), community based organization established in 1994 to assist and support all immigrants. CASA strives to develop the well-being and protect the rights of all immigrant people by providing them with the tools necessary for self-sufficiency. CASA is also a VITA site, which means that we prepare tax returns free of charge for low-income families.

Miami office
7925 NW 12 Street, Suite 414, Miami, FL 33126
305-463-7468 ext: 101 (Reception)   |   Fax: 305-463-7908

Broward office
1507 South University Drive, Suite A, Plantation, FL 33324
954-382-6000   |   Fax: 954-358-2807