The mission of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) is to enhance opportunities for immigrants and refugees through legal representation for low-income individuals of all nationalities, and through education and advocacy with diverse communities.
Impact and Programs
In 2014, ILCM demonstrated its commitment to expanding legal services to meet the growing and changing needs of Minnesota's immigrants by hiring two legal staff to support Hmong and Somali language and culture capacity expansion. The new staff have increased ILCM's ability to serve Hmong and Somali immigrants and strengthened ILCM's relationship with the Hmong and Somali communities in Minnesota.
ILCM continues to use its expertise to advocate at the state level for systems reform, and to ensure organizational stability by increasing development capacity. In the past year ILCM pursued the passage of a transportation omnibus bill which, although not yet passed, included a section on driver's license reform which would allow immigrants and refugees without other identification to drive, open bank accounts, and further participate in the economy.
ILCM will continue to follow the goals set out in the 2013-2016 Strategic Plan. In particular, ILCM seeks to continue to expand its capacity for providing legal services and educational presentations in Greater Minnesota. The need for legal advice and support in Greater Minnesota increases, especially as there are fewer avenues for support in rural areas of the state.
Community or Constituency Served
The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota serves immigrants and refugees of all nationalities, income levels, and case types, regardless of authorization status.
Geographic Area Served
The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota serves clients from across Minnesota out of offices in Saint Paul and Worthington.