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WHAT TYPES OF LEGAL SERVICES DOES THE NC JUSTICE CENTER PROVIDE?
We provide legal assistance for immigrants in certain civil matters and immigration matters. More detail is found in the questions below on this page. We do not provide assistance in criminal matters, family law (divorce, child custody), personal injury (traffic accidents, etc.), or workers’ compensation cases (workplace injuries).
WHAT KINDS OF CIVIL CASES DOES THE NC JUSTICE CENTER WORK ON?
The Justice Center focuses on accepting cases that will positively affect a large number of people by creating changes in policy, practice, or law. We cannot accept every case as we have limited staff and resources. We accept civil cases in the following areas:
- Workers’ Rights (unpaid wages or overtime, discrimination, agricultural workers’ rights)
- Housing (landlord/tenant, housing-related discrimination)
- Consumer law (predatory lending, debt collection, home purchase contracts, consumer fraud)
- Access to Public Benefits and Services
- Fair Chance/Criminal Justice Issues
- Civil rights matters
WHAT KIND OF IMMIGRATION CASES DOES THE NC JUSTICE CENTER WORK ON?
The Justice Center focuses on accepting cases that will positively affect a large number of people by creating changes in policy, practice, or law. We cannot accept every case as we have limited staff and resources. We accept immigration cases in the following areas:
- Cuban Adjustment Act
- Family-based petitions
- NACARA 203 (for Salvadorans and Guatemalans)
- People facing deportation (Removal Proceedings)
- VAWA, T, and U Visa (visas for victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and certain other crimes)
- TPS (Temporary Protected Status)
We do not accept immigration cases for clients applying for immigration status through their employers or for clients applying for short-term visas such as student or visitors’ visas.
If you are unsure as to what kind of immigration case you might have, please call our intake line to ask questions and find out.
HOW DO I CONTACT AN ATTORNEY?
- If your case is a civil matter (for example housing, consumer, workers’ rights, public benefits), please call 919-856-2162, on Mondays, from 1-7 pm or Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
- If your case is an immigration matter (for example asylum, family-based immigration, deportation defense), please call 1-888-251-2776, on Tuesdays, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Justice Center does not accept “walk-in” clients. Please call one of our intake lines to receive assistance. Due to the great demand for our services, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to assist or call back every person who contacts our intake lines.
DOES THE NC JUSTICE CENTER ANSWER CALLS IN LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH?
Yes. Our intake staff (and many of our lawyers) speak Spanish. We also have a telephone interpreting service and can accept calls in approximately 150 languages. If you need assistance in a language other than English or Spanish, please say the name of the language you need help in, and we will get an interpreter on the line.
CAN THE NC JUSTICE CENTER SERVE IMMIGRANTS WITH ANY IMMIGRATION STATUS?
Yes, the Justice Center can serve any person in North Carolina without regard to their immigration status. You do not need to be a U.S. Citizen or be legally present in the United States to qualify for our services. We do not discriminate against people based on their immigration status.
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MY RIGHTS?
The Justice Center has many available materials about workers’ rights, tenants’ rights, and immigrant rights. Please see the links below for more information.
- Rights and Resources Related to COVID-19
- Workers’ Rights
- Immigrant Access to Health Care
- Public Charge and Immigrant Access to Benefits
- Conozca sus Derechos con el Centro de Justicia de Carolina del Norte | Facebook)
- NC Justice YouTube Page (variety of topics)
- NC Justice Emergency Planning Guide for North Carolina’s Immigrant Community (English/Spanish)
- A Guide to Small Claims Court | Legal Aid of North Carolina (legalaidnc.org)
WHAT OTHER LEGAL SERVICES ORGANIZATIONS MIGHT BE ABLE TO ASSIST ME?
The Justice Center cannot assist every client who calls us due to limited resources. A number of other free legal services programs around the state may be able to assist you:
- Legal Aid of North Carolina: Civil legal assistance in a variety of matters including housing, unemployment, domestic violence, immigration, workers’ rights, and more.
- Legal Aid of North Carolina Housing Helpline: Special hotline of Legal Aid of NC only for housing cases such as eviction or poor housing conditions: Housing Helpline | Legal Aid of North Carolina (legalaidnc.org)
- Special Projects of Legal Aid of North Carolina. Legal Aid of NC has a number of special projects for particular types of cases:
- LANC Fair Housing Project: Fair Housing Project — A Project of Legal Aid of North Carolina (fairhousingnc.org))
- LANC Farmworker Unit: Farmworker Unit – Legal Aid of North Carolina (farmworkerlanc.org)
- LANC Battered Immigrant Project: Battered Immigrant Project | Legal Aid of North Carolina (legalaidnc.org)
- LANC Senior Law Project: Senior Law Project | Legal Aid of North Carolina (legalaidnc.org)
- Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy: Free civil and immigration legal assistance in the Charlotte area
- Pisgah Legal Services: Free civil and immigration legal assistance in western North Carolina
- Disability Rights NC: Free legal assistance in a variety of disability-related cases
- NC Prisoner Legal Services: Free legal assistance for incarcerated individuals.
- Immigration Advocates Network: A list of various free or low-cost immigration law providers around North Carolina:
Some websites can help you find private (not free) attorneys who may be able to assist you:
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice (attorneys in a variety of areas including workers’ compensation, criminal matters, family law, workers’ rights, and more)
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (immigration law)
- ailalawyer.com (English)
- Búsqueda del Abogado de la Inmigracion de AILA (ailalawyer.com) (Español)
- North Carolina Bar Association Lawyers’ Referral Service
We strive to keep information on our website current and accurate; however, you should not rely on this information and attempt to pursue any legal action on your own without first consulting a licensed attorney. Use of this website or sending us an email inquiry does not create an attorney-client relationship between the Justice Center and users of this web site. Please do not send any confidential information to us until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established by written agreement.