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Human Rights First - Asylum Legal Representation Program (Washington D.C. Office)

  • Location:
    805 15th Street NW
    Suite 900
    Washington, DC 20005
  • Phone:
    (202) 547-5692
  • Fax:
    (202) 543-5999
  • Contact methods:
    Fax, Mail/Letter, Phone calls, If you have a fear-based claim, call our asylum voicemail at (202) 370-3313
  • Appointments accepted:
    No

Since 1978, Human Rights First has worked to protect and promote fundamental human rights and ensure protection of the rights of refugees, including the right to seek asylum. Human Rights First's Refugee Representation Team is committed to advancing the rights of refugees. We accomplish this objective by ensuring that refugees have access to asylum, by advocating for fair asylum procedures, by pressing for U.S. compliance with international refugee and human rights law, and by helping individual refugees win asylum through our pro bono Asylum Legal Representation Program. If you are a potential client seeking assistance with your asylum claim, please contact our office at (202) 547-5692 if you live in DC, Virginia, or Maryland. A member of our legal staff will then call you back to discuss your case and your eligibility for our program. We ask that you understand that our office only assists people with fear-based claims, and only if they meet our basic program criteria. However, we do our best to provide useful referrals for those individuals who fall outside our program requirements. If you are a pro bono attorney interested in taking an asylum case, please contact Selam Tesfai or Vanessa Allyn in the Washington DC office.

State served: District of Columbia
Detention Facilities Served: Alexandria City Jail (VA)

Services Provided

Areas of immigration legal assistance: Asylum applications, Removal hearings
Types of immigration legal services provided: Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Federal court appeals
Non-legal services: Administrative advocacy (CIS/ICE/CBP), Legislative advocacy (state or national), Referrals to other services
Populations served: Domestic Violence Victims, Farm workers, Human Trafficking Survivors, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Individuals with criminal histories, Individuals with physical/mental disabilities, Juveniles, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Torture survivors
Languages spoken: Amharic, Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Tigrinya
Access to a commercial interpreting service or language bank: Yes
Nominal fee charged? No
Other information: Our services are available for asylum or fear-based claims only. We cannot assist with other forms of immigration relief. Our Washington D.C. Office is able to serve clients who live in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.