Our Services

Our Services

NMILC’s primary focus is to make high-quality legal representation accessible. We prioritize individuals at risk of deportation and those who do not have access to services elsewhere. The types of cases we take include:

Removal proceedings

NMILC provides deportation defense to individuals from New Mexico who are in removal proceedings at the immigration court in El Paso. We prioritize cases where families are facing separation, or individuals who have relief available based on one of the types of cases below.

Survivors of domestic violence or other crimes

We assist individuals who are survivors of domestic violence or other crimes in order to help them remain in the United States. This includes individuals who are eligible for protection under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) because they faced abuse by their U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse, parent, or adult child; crime victim survivors who have been helpful to law enforcement who are eligible for a U Visa; and survivors of human trafficking who are eligible for a T visa.

Abandoned, abused, or neglected youth

We represent youth have been abandoned, neglected, or abused in their filing for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS).

Asylum

We assist individuals who are afraid to return to their home country because they face persecution or torture and who may be eligible for asylum in the El Paso or Denver immigration court circuits.

Young people brought to the United States as children

Young people who came to the United States as children and pursued educational opportunities or completed military service may be eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. We provide pro se assistance or direct representation to DACA-eligible youth through our partnerships with Albuquerque schools and at our Wednesday Workshops.

Citizenship

We assist Legal Permanent Residents with their citizenship applications at our Wednesday Workshops and at our quarterly citizenship and civic engagement fairs in partnership with other community organizations

Detainees

We are currently partnering with the Santa Fe Dreamers Project to provide a free legal orientation program in the Cibola County Detention Center. Individuals detained at Cibola can sign up for an orientation session on Tuesdays and Thursdays by signing up with their pod supervisor. We are not currently able to assist individuals detained in other locations.

Am I eligible for immigration relief?

If any of these statements apply to you, you might have options for immigration relief. Please talk to an immigration attorney or contact us to learn more about your options.

I have a spouse, parent, child, or sibling that has legal status.

I have been abused or mistreated or am a survivor of domestic violence.

I have experienced violence or crime in the United States.

I have had a problem where someone forced me to work or did not pay me for work.

I am under 21 and I have lived apart from one or both of my parents or I have been mistreated or abandoned by one or both of my parents.

I am afraid to go back to my home country due to violence or threats of violence against me, my family, or others I know of who are like me.

I have been forced to work as a sex worker and/or I have experienced sex trafficking.

What types of cases does NMILC not handle?

We are not able to assist individuals who are seeking help with:

  • Employment-based cases
  • Nonimmigrant visas such as tourist or student visas
  • Family-based petitions
If NMILC is not able to handle your case, you may call during our telephone consultation hours and an NMILC attorney can provide a referral to another legal service provider.

Am I eligible for NMILC’s services?

In order to be eligible to receive services from NMILC, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a type of case that NMILC handles, as explained above;
  • Be a resident of New Mexico; and
  • Your income must be at or below 200% of the poverty guidelines.
NMILC is a nonprofit organization with limited resources, and so unfortunately we are not able to assist all individuals who may be eligible for our services. Thank you for your understanding.

Education for Community Members

NMILC provides information about immigration law to New Mexico’s immigrant community through educational events held across the state. If you would like NMILC to come and speak about immigration and related issues to your group, please contact us.

Education and Technical Assistance for Service Providers

NMILC conducts workshops and provides technical assistance to organizations that work with low-income immigrants. We have conducted trainings for a wide variety of service providers including educators, social workers, health professionals, domestic violence prevention program staff, and staff of agencies working to assist with employment. We also provide technical assistance to individual service providers who need help with a specific immigration law issue. If you would like to arrange to have NMILC provide an information session or technical assistance on relevant laws or issues, please contact us. Service providers are also encouraged to provide their clients with information on how to obtain our services.