The NC Justice Center provides legal assistance to North Carolinians with low incomes 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. NOTE: 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. These cases include housing, consumer, public benefits, access, and workers’ rights.
- Immigration Law. We provide free representation to immigrants with low incomes seeking lawful immigration status and relief from deportation. We can only assist individuals who currently live in North Carolina.
If you need help with a civil matter such as housing, consumer, public benefits, or workers’ rights, please call 919-856-2162, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
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. 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.
If you are a current or former DACA recipient and would like to be screened for alternative forms of immigration relief, please call our DACA-specific intake line on Wednesdays between 2:00-5:00 p.m. at 1-888-251-2776 (toll-free).
All intake lines are answered in English and Spanish. We also have a telephone interpreting service and can accept calls in approximately 150 languages.
Migrant Worker Rights. For immigrants seeking assistance with employment cases in agriculture, please see our Workers’ Rights page.
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:
- Legal Aid of North Carolina provides civil legal help in civil (not criminal) matters for people with low incomes
- Legal Aid of North Carolina – Farmworker Unit provides legal representation to farmworkers who come to North Carolina via the H-2A program.
- North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers for workers’ compensation assistance.
- The North Carolina State Bar Association website provides useful links to the North Carolina Lawyer Referral Service.