Esperanza Legal Assistance Center

Esperanza Legal Assistance Center provides legal assistance to low-income, immigrant and Spanish-speaking residents of the Quad Cities who are seeking assistance with issues relating to immigration, such as family-based sponsorship petitions, naturalization, document renewals, adjustment of status/consular processing (green card), DACA, TPS, and Non-immigrant/Humanitarian Visas. We accept a limited number of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), U-Visas, and T Visas.

Our office is currently open and accepting clients by appointment only for in-person or telephone/video (via Zoom). A $50 office visit/legal consultation fee is due prior to meeting with the Immigration Legal Specialist. The consultation fee is in addition to any legal or filing fees that may be required for your case. The Immigration Legal Specialist will discuss those fees with you during the consultation as well as provide next steps, etc.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify, but no one will be turned away from an inability to pay. (Proof of income, etc. required for any reduced service fee waivers.)

Esperanza Legal Assistance Center operates through our client fees, grants, and financial support from Heritage Church. If you would like to financially support the ministry and work of Esperanza Legal Assistance Center, you can contact us at (309) 732-0044.

Esperanza Legal Assistance Center brinda asistencia legal a residentes de bajos ingresos, inmigrantes y de habla hispana de Quad Cities que buscan asistencia con asuntos relacionados con la inmigración, como peticiones de patrocinio basadas en la familia, naturalización, renovación de documentos, ajuste de estatus / consular procesamiento (tarjeta verde), DACA, TPS y visas de no inmigrante / humanitarias. Aceptamos un número limitado de Visas U y T de la Ley de Violencia contra la Mujer (VAWA).

Nuestra oficina está actualmente abierta y acepta clientes con cita previa solo en persona o por teléfono / video (a través de Zoom). Se debe pagar una tarifa de consulta legal / visita al consultorio de $ 50 antes de reunirse con el especialista legal en inmigración. La tarifa de consulta es adicional a cualquier tarifa legal o de presentación que pueda requerirse para su caso. El Especialista Legal de Inmigración discutirá esos honorarios con usted durante la consulta y le brindará los siguientes pasos, etc.

La asistencia financiera está disponible para aquellos que califican, pero nadie será rechazado por no poder pagar. (Se requiere comprobante de ingresos, etc. para cualquier exención de tarifa de servicio reducida).

El Centro de Asistencia Legal de Esperanza opera a través de los honorarios de nuestros clientes, subvenciones y apoyo financiero de Heritage Church. Si desea apoyar financieramente el ministerio y el trabajo del Centro de Asistencia Legal Esperanza, puede comunicarse con nosotros al (309) 732-0044.

Staff

Beth Cossin, Site Director

Carolyn R. O’Connor, Immigration Legal Specialist (DOJ Accredited)

Esperanza Legal Assistance Center could not operate without its amazing team of dedicated volunteers who provide support with interpretation/translation, office support, reception, outreach events, and more. For information on volunteering with our office, call (309) 732-0044 or email carolyn.oconnor@esperanzaqc.com.

Partnerships/Collaborations

We partner with Citizenshipworks to assist in screening individuals for naturalization. This free online tool allows you to answer questions, screen for red flags, and obtain a legal review from our legal specialists. . . free of charge. If you are considering self-filing (pro se), this will allow you to make sure you shouldn’t run into any problems. To access, visit https://www.citizenshipworks.org/portal/ELAC.

We work with Ascentra Credit Union to provide low-cost payment plans (loans) for immigration legal and filing fees through the Newcomers Initiative, which is made possible with a generous grant from Global Communities. For more information about Ascentra and the Newcomers Initiative, visit their webpage. (Note: Due to limited funds, this program is only available to clients of Esperanza Legal Assistance Center.)

Esperanza Legal Assistance Center is a partner with The New Americans Campaign. Led by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the New Americans Campaign is a diverse nonpartisan national network of respected immigration organizations, legal services providers, faith-based organizations, immigrant rights groups, foundations, and community leaders. The Campaign transforms the way aspiring citizens navigate the path to becoming new Americans. It is committed to connecting lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to trusted legal assistance and critical information that simplifies the naturalization process. For more information about NAC, visit their website.

We are a member organization of the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN), a program of Pro Bono Net, dedicated to expanding access to immigration legal resources and information through collaboration and technology. Find us here.

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. Esperanza Legal Assistance Center is a partner organization of ICIRR. More information available on their website.

We partner with Knox College to provide opportunities for students to gain experience in law, interpretation/translation, and office administration as well as provide assistance to our staff with various activities. Students wishing to participate in the program should contact Robin Ragan, Professor of Modern Languages (Spanish).