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Volunteer Immigrant Defense Advocates

  • Location:
    2108 Keller Bend Road
    Knoxville, TN 37922
  • Phone:
    (865) 410-8432
  • Fax:
    (865) 410-9674
  • Contact methods:
    Email, Fax, Mail/Letter, Phone calls, Website
  • Appointments accepted:
    No

Volunteer Immigrant Defense Advocates (VIDA) is an Illinois-based nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding access to quality pro bono or nominal fee immigration counsel in underserved areas of the United States. In June 2016 we opened an office in Knoxville, Tennessee where our Equal Justice Works justice AmeriCorps Fellow represents qualifying unaccompanied immigrant children in removal proceedings before the Memphis Immigration Court. VIDA was created by private immigration attorneys in Chicago with the hope of increasing pro bono participation by other members of the private immigration bar.

Counties served: Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea, Scott, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, Washington

Services Provided

Areas of immigration legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Employment authorization, Family-based petitions, NACARA, Naturalization/Citizenship, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Types of immigration legal services provided: Filings with USCIS, 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
Populations served: Domestic Violence Victims, Farm workers, Human Trafficking Survivors, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Individuals with criminal histories, Juveniles, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Torture survivors
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Access to a commercial interpreting service or language bank: No
Nominal fee charged? Yes
Other information: Qualifying unaccompanied children (UAC) in removal proceedings are represented pro bono. VIDA does not represent individuals whose household income is at or over 150% of the federal poverty guidelines. Income verification is required. VIDA will attempt to place most non-UAC cases with private volunteer attorneys.