Resources and Support For Transgender Immigrants

Along with Lambda Legal, these organizations offer education and advocacy specific to transgender immigrants.

ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project

Dedicated to expanding and enforcing the civil liberties and civil rights of non-citizens and to combating public and private discrimination against immigrants.


* Immigration Equality (New York, NY)

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Works to ensure immigration rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and those living with HIV.


* Mariposas Sin Fronteras (Tucson, AZ)

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Supporting LGBTQ people in immigration detention.

National Center for Lesbian Rights Immigration Project (San Francisco, CA And Washington, DC)

Advocates in court for LGBT asylum seekers and immigrants.


National Center for Transgender Equality (Washington, DC)

Social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people.


* National Immigrant Justice Center (Chicago, IL)

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Fights for human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.


Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (New York, NY)

An alternative to detention programs for queer/trans/HIV-positive immigrant detainees, undocumented folks and asylum seekers and their families.


Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (Washington, DC)

Organizes and empowers LGBTQ-identified undocumented people, LGBTQ immigrant youth and allies. 

Sylvia Rivera Law Project (New York, NY)

Advocates for self-determination of gender identity and expression.

(212-337-8550 extension 308)

* Transgender Law Center (San Francisco, CA)

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Works to change discriminatory laws, policies and social attitudes.


Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (New York, NY)

Committed to ending anti-transgender discrimination through impact litigation, public education and direct legal services.


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Americans for Immigrant Justice (Miami, FL)

Protects and promotes the basic human rights of immigrants through free direct services, impact litigation, policy reform and public education at local, state and national levels.


Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, DC)

Empowers Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities.

415-848-7735, 213-977-7500

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (New York, NY)

Asian American civil rights organization that has an immigrants’ rights program.


Asian Pacific Island Legal Outreach (San Francisco Office)

A community-based, social justice organization serving the Asian and Pacific Islander and other communities of the Greater Bay Area.


* California Rural Legal Assistance (Offices Throughout CA)

A nonprofit legal services program striving for economic justice and human rights on behalf of California’s rural poor.


* Casa Cornelia Law Center (San Diego, CA)

A public interest law firm providing quality pro bono legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations.


Catholic Charities (Alexandria, VA)

Advocates for social change and reduction of poverty.


* Central American Resource Center (Los Angeles, CA)

 Works to empower Central Americans by defending human and civil rights.


* Centro Legal De La Raza (Oakland, CA)

Provides free or low-cost, bilingual, culturally sensitive legal aid, community education and advocacy for low-income residents of the San Francisco Bay Area.


Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)

CHIRLA is an organization recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to provide immigration legal services.


Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (Los Angeles, CA)

Assists people trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices and works to end such human rights violations.


Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) (San Francisco, CA)

Works to end the isolation and abuse of men, women and children in U.S. immigration detention.


Detention Watch Network (Washington, DC)

Works to expose and challenge the injustices of the U.S. immigration detention and deportation system.


East Bay Community Law Center (Berkeley, CA)

Free legal services for the low-income community in the areas of housing, welfare, HIV and health, homelessness and economic development.


Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network (Atlanta, GA)

Provides pro bono legal representation through volunteer attorneys to asylum seekers, immigrant victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes.


Hofstra Asylum Clinic (Hempstead, NY)

Law students who represent political asylum applicants in immigration proceedings. 

* Kids In Need Of Defense (Washington, DC)

Finds pro bono lawyers to serve unaccompanied children who face the U.S. immigration system alone.


* La Raza Centro Legal (San Francisco, CA)

Provides legal services and advocacy to empower the Latino, immigrant and low-income communities of San Francisco to advocate for their civil and human rights.


Legal Aid Society (New York, NY)

Provides legal representation for low-income people throughout New York City.


Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (Boston, MA)

Provides pro bono immigration legal services to asylum-seekers and immigrants unjustly detained in Massachusetts.


Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (PROBAR; Harlingen, TX)

Provides pro bono legal services to asylum seekers detained in South Texas by the United States government.

956- 425-9231 

Public Counsel (Los Angeles, CA)

Strives to protect the legal rights of disadvantaged children and immigrants.


Public Law Center (Santa Ana, CA)

Pro bono law firm providing legal representation for low-income residents.


Southern Poverty Law Center (Montgomery, AL)

Fights hate and bigotry and seeks justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.

888- 414-7752 

Texas Riogrande Legal Aid (Several Offices throughout Texas)

Provides free legal services to low-income residents in Southwest Texas, and represents migrant and seasonal farm workers throughout the state of Texas and six southern states: Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.


University of Miami School Of Law Immigration Clinic (Coral Gables, FL)

Helps and advocates on behalf of immigrants in a wide variety of complex immigration proceedings.



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