Catholic Charities Immigration Clinic: Client Advocacy
The client advocacy immigration clinic provides free assistance to low-income individuals and families who need immigration law help. Our immigration law assistance focuses on:
- Family reunification: adjustment of status for marriage or other relatives
- Naturalization and citizenship
- Asylum, along with other types of humanitarian protection
- Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
Clients work directly with law students who are supervised by an experienced immigration attorney. We are able to meet by Zoom or telephone. While most clients are from the Spokane area, we may be able to help others through remote technologies depending on the legal issues.
To learn if you are eligible for free legal help, either:
- complete this short form and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or
- Phone 509-313-5790 (English) or 509-313-3859 (Español).
The Immigration Clinic’s conflict-of-interest rules prevent representation of Gonzaga-affiliated clients on some issues. But please contact the Clinic to determine if you are eligible for help, or for information on other legal resources.
Catholic Charities Immigration Clinic: Policy Advocacy
The policy advocacy immigration clinic addresses systemic problems in immigration law as well as gaps in the legal rights of immigrants. Law students work with an experienced supervising attorney to construct, for example:
- Policy analyses and solutions
- Collaborative amicus curiae briefs
- Community outreach campaigns
- Resources for immigrants and their advocates
- Coordinated federal regulatory comment projects
We seek to partner with immigrant justice organizations, local governments, and other groups working for immigrant rights or systemic immigration policy change.
If you are interested in either client advocacy or policy advocacy, please call 509-313-5790 (English) or 509-313-3859 (Español).
- Gonzaga Law in Action: Immigration Advocacy in Nogales 2021 Report
- Gonzaga Law in Action Nogales 2020 Report
Creation of the Immigration Clinic
The Immigration Clinic launched in August 2019 as a result of a dynamic and innovative conversation between Catholic Charities and the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Gonzaga University Law School.
Catholic Charities Eastern Washington affirms the dignity of our most vulnerable neighbors by offering collaborative and innovative solutions to the complex challenges facing Eastern Washington.