Living as a person of color in the U.S. is not easy. This is true whether one is a new arrival or was born here. Maine offers a growing number of resources to help people thrive, including nonprofits, grassroots organizations, and immigrant-led associations and community organizations. Five such organizations are described below. Stay tuned to Amjambo Africa to keep in touch with services directed at helping people

The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) advances justice for immigrants through direct legal services, community education, and systemic advocacy. ILAP helps immigrants in Maine find safety from violence and persecution, keep their families together, and fully participate in our communities and economy. We provide free or very low-cost legal help with immigration cases for people living in Maine who cannot afford a private lawyer. Get legal help: www.ilapmaine.org/get-legal-help

Our experienced legal staff can answer immigration legal questions, help prepare applications, and, in some cases, provide full representation. In addition to other support and advocacy, ILAP offers workshops to support asylum seekers in preparing and filing asylum applications, clinics to help people move the location of their immigration court, walk-in hours at Lewiston Adult Education and ILAP’s Portland office, an online library of translated immigration resources, and support for farmworkers, immigrant youth, survivors of domestic abuse and human trafficking, and other immigrants. 

ILAP is proud of our 30-year history working with Maine’s immigrant communities. We envision a future where systems are rooted in justice and where everyone belongs and thrives. Visit our website at www.ilapmaine.org and follow @ilapmaine on social media to learn more. 

95 Park St., Suite #519, Lewiston 

489 Congress St., 3rd floor, Portland 

ILAP Pro Bono Panel attorneys celebrate a grant of asylum with their clients at the Boston Immigration Court.
Rural Community Liaison Lourdes Trujillo offers support to farmworkers during a resource fair at Mano en Mano in Milbridge