The Justice Center provides legal assistance to low-income North Carolinians in carefully selected, high-impact cases that are designed to help alleviate poverty by protecting or expanding important rights for large numbers of vulnerable people. Targeted areas of law include consumer rights, housing, immigrant rights, access to health care, public education, and worker rights.
The Justice Center is not a traditional legal aid program and develops most of its cases internally or through referrals from other attorneys. Except for specific services related to immigration law, the Justice Center cannot provide legal advice or representation to individuals calling about a particular case.
The North Carolina Justice Center provides the following types of legal services for immigrants in North Carolina:
Civil Litigation. We focus on impact cases that will positively affect a large number of people by creating changes in policy, practice, or law. We are geographically focused on eastern North Carolina, a region of the state which has not prospered economically and which has a large and growing immigrant population.
Immigration Law. We provide free representation to low-income immigrants seeking lawful immigration status and relief from deportation. We can only assist individuals who currently live in North Carolina.
If you need immigration help, please call us on Tuesdays at 1-888-251-2776 (toll free) from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This phone number is for immigration legal assistance only. Calls are answered by paralegals that are fluent in English and Spanish. Due to the large demand for our services, we can only accept calls from possible new clients on Tuesdays. If no one answers the phone when you call, please continue calling until you are able to reach a live person. Please do not call other staff members as you will only be directed to contact the toll free number. We cannot accept "walk-in" clients.
For more information on this type of legal service please click here.
Migrant Worker Rights. For immigrants seeking assistance with employment cases in agriculture, please see our Workers’ Rights page.
Students. For former ITT Tech and Regency Beauty Institute students, see the following pages for resources and assistance in navigating your options, particularly regarding related student loan debt:
If you qualify for our services based on your income, the next step is to see if your case is of the type we generally accept.
The NC Justice Center cannot help those who are trying to get legal immigration status through their employer OR those seeking to apply for a temporary or non-immigrant visa such as a visitor's or student visa – though staff may be able to refer such people to others who can help.
The NC Justice Center CURRENTLY ACCEPTS the following cases (due to limited resources, these categories do sometimes change):
- Cuban Adjustment Act
- Family-based petitions and Naturalization
- Families of Asylees
- NACARA 203 (for Salvadorans and Guatemalans)
- Persons in Removal Proceedings
- Special Immigrant Juvenile
- T and U Visa
- TPS (Temporary Protected Status)
If you are unsure as to whether or not your problem fits into one of these categories, please feel free to contact us by telephone to find out. Please note, however, that we can only receive calls from prospective clients on Tuesdays.
The North Carolina Justice Center DOES NOT ACCEPT cases in the following areas:
- Family law
- Workers compensation
- Personal injury and traffic accidents
- Criminal law
The following websites may assist you in locating legal resources in your community: