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Protesters and Protectors  

Know Your Rights for Protests and Direct Action and Legal Observer Trainings

ACLU Michigan

Immigration and Refugee Assistance

Michigan Immigrant Rights Center

Ann Arbor office (734) 998-6100


Lutheran Social Services of Michigan Refugee & Immigration Services (Southfield)

21700 Northwestern Highway, Suite 1300 Southfield, MI 48075  (248) 423-2790 Fax:     (248) 423-3023

Attorney on staff: No

Eligibility Requirements: No criminal background or asylum

Income:    N/A

Contacts:    Mihaela Mitrofan, Program Manager

Languages:  Arabic, Assyrian, Serbo-Croatian, Nepali, Romanian, Russian and Turkish

Counties:    Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Calhoun, Kent

Description:  Resettlement, Employment, ESL, School Impact, Preventative Health, Supplemental Services of Recently Arrived Refugees, Translation, Transportation, Outreach and Referral, Mental Health services. No fees for services.


Lutheran Social Services of Michigan Refugee & Immigration Services (Troy)

2170 E. Big Beaver Rd, Suite C Troy, MI 48083 (248) 423-2790

Contacts:    Alaa Gorgis E-mail:


Arab-American & Chaldean Council 

363 W. Big Beaver Road, Suite 300 Troy, MI 48084 Telephone:   (248) 559-1990

Fax:     (248) 559-9117  


Eligibility Requirements: None

Income:     None

Contact:    Sawsan Abutrab

Languages:  Arabic (not only) Counties:    Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, and others

Description:  Serves refugees, some immigrants, mainly form processing. No immigration court representation. Translations, mental health, primary medical, MI DHS liaison, teen pregnancy prevention. Nominal fees for services rendered.


Macomb International Service Center (misc.)

16646 15 Mile Road Fraser, MI 48026 (586) 484-9038 Fax:     (586) 741-5413

Attorney on staff: No

Contact:     Emily A Diaz-Torres, Executive Director

Languages:  Spanish, English

Counties:    Macomb, St Clair, Lapeer counties and surrounding areas

Description:  Immigration services, citizenship classes, ESL classesBasic, advanced computer classes, translations, interpretations, notary public services, job placement. Vocational classes


Sisters of Mercy

29000 W. Eleven Mile Rd Farmington Hills, MI 48336  (248) 476-8000 Fax:     (248) 476-4222

Attorney on staff: No

Eligibility Requirements: None

Income:     N/A

Contact:     Sr. Karen Donahue, RSM

Languages:   English

Description:  Pastoral support to detained immigrants, immigration advocacy.


Michigan United (east)

4500 Wesson St Detroit, MI 48120 Telephone:  (877) 507-7774 Fax:     (313) 842-5150

Attorney on staff: No

Contact:     Diego Bonesatti

Languages:   English, Spanish, Arabic Counties:    Southeast Michigan

Description:  Naturalization, DACA, DAPA, and consultations


Arabic Community Center For Economic & Social Services (ACCESS)

6451 Schaefer Road Dearborn, MI 48126 Telephone:  (313) 945-8380

Fax:     (313) 846-4713 Web:

Attorney on staff: Limited

Eligibility Requirements: N/A Income:     N/A

Contact:     George Saba, Immigration Supervisor E-mail:

Languages:  Multiple languages, particularly Arabic

Counties:    Southeast Michigan

Description:  ACCESS has over 90 programs including social services, a health clinic, employment and training center, youth and education, and advocacy & civic engagement program, in addition to immigration services. Fee for immigration services with sliding scale for low-income clients.


Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan – Immigration & Refugee Services

15945 Canal Rd. Clinton Township, MI 48038  (586) 416-1113 ext. 4023 Fax: (586) 412-8084


Hispanic Outreach Services Program

76 Williams, Pontiac, MI  48341 (248) 338-4250 ext. 3704

Fax: (248) 335-8130 Web:

Attorney on staff: Yes  

Eligibility Requirements: Low income

Income: 200% of poverty level

Contact:    Jeralda Hattar, Director E-mail:

Languages:  Spanish, French, and Arabic

Counties:    Metro Detroit

Description:  Immigration Legal Consultations, Naturalization, and Family Based Immigration Law. Additional services: Outpatient mental health counseling services on an individual, family and group basis. Sliding Scale fees. Pregnancy, parenting, foster care and adoption services. Senior and Adult Day Care Services. Hispanic Ministry program and support services, Crisis Navigator Program (supportive services and case management).


Centro Multicultural La Familia

35 W Huron St #500 Pontiac, MI 48342 (248) 858-7800     (248) 874-4830


Attorney on staff: No, but available

Eligibility Requirements: No criminal convictions. See website for items to bring to consultation to determine eligibility.

Income:    N/A

Contact:     Deb Ehrmann, Claudia Rivera E-mail:,

Languages:  Spanish, English (Arabic, Korean, Armenian, Romanian)

Counties:    Statewide

Description:  Limited immigration services (fees for attorney services), mental health and substance abuse, ESL classes, early Head Start, other programs.


Chaldean Community Foundation

4171 15 Mile Road Sterling Heights, MI 48310 (586) 722-7253 (586) 722-7257

Attorney on staff: Yes

Eligibility Requirements: None

Income:    None

Contact:    Raad Yousif, Case Manager

Languages:   English, Arabic, Chaldean, Aramaic

Counties:    Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, others

Description:   USCIS applications (N-400, N-565, N-600, I-90, I-485). No asylum, no immigration court.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law – Immigration Law Clinic

651 East Jefferson Avenue  Detroit, MI 48226  (313) 596-0262 Fax:     (313)  596-0280

Attorney on staff: Yes

Eligibility Requirements: N/A

Income:    125% of federal poverty level

Contact:     David Koelsch, Director

Languages:  Spanish, Arabic, Chaldean, Russian, Albanian, and French    

Counties:    All of Michigan

Description:  Wide range representation, from forms processing to 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in deportation and exclusion proceedings. Provides advice and referrals; asylum; immigrant and non-immigrant visas; family-based applications; handles appeals of immigration cases; conducts community education and training. Does not represent clients with criminal convictions. Mercado hours: Thursday 1-7pm at 2856 Bagley, Detroit, MI 48209.


Wayne State University Law School – Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic

471 W. Palmer Avenue Detroit, MI 48202  (313) 577-0686 Fax:     (313) 577-9016

Attorney on staff:  Yes

Eligibility Requirements:   Indigent/low income

Income:    125% federal poverty line or case by case   

Contact:    Rachel Settlage, Director/Assistant Professor

Language:   None on staff but will find interpreters (including French, Spanish, Arabic & African languages)

Counties:    MI

Description:  Student law clinic- Asylum, VAWA, U and T Visas, SIJ visas, TPS, AOS, naturalization, removal defense (noncriminal). Non-detained. Representation provided by law students under supervision of licensed attorneys


Council Of Organizations Of Asian Indians In Michigan (COAIM)

38219 Ford Road Westland, MI 48185 (734) 722-1894 Fax: (734) 722-1894

Attorney on staff: No

Eligibility Requirements: Based on need

Income:   none

Contact:    Dr. Bhagwan Dashairya, Executive Director

Languages:   English, Hindi Counties:  Southeastern Michigan

Description:  Family relief, legal referrals, emergency help


Freedom House

2630 West Lafayette Boulevard Detroit, MI 48216-2019 (313) 964-4320 Fax:     (313) 963-1077


Attorney on staff: Yes    

Eligibility Requirements: Asylum seekers only (U.S. and Canada)

Income:    N/A

Contact:     Deborah A. Drennan, Executive Director

Languages:  French, Spanish

Counties:    Serves all Michigan counties (must come to Detroit center)

Description:  Representation in asylum proceedings, T Visas, and U Visas (Not VAWA).  Setting interviews for entry to Canada, for prospective asylum seekers in Canada. Multicultural center for qualifying represented asylum seekers (can accommodate 35 persons). By appointment only, contact for information or to schedule an appointment. No fees for services. (Freedom House may close soon due to sudden lack of HUD funding)


International Institute Of Metropolitan Detroit

111 East Kirby St Detroit, MI 48202 (313) 871-8600 Fax:     (313) 871-1615


Attorney on staff: Yes

Eligibility Requirements: None

Income:    No Limits

Contact:     Yumana Dubais or Nene Tešija

Languages:  Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Croatian, French, German

Counties:    Statewide

Description:  Immigration and social services. General immigration services, Adjustment of Status, Naturalization Application, Consular Process, VAWA petitions, Waiver Application Representation Immigration Removal Proceedings.


Jewish Family Services of Metropolitan Detroit

6555 W. Maple Road West Bloomfield, MI 48322 (248) 592-2319 Fax:      (248) 592-2310


Attorney on staff: No

Contact:    Anna Torman, Immigration specialist

Languages:  Russian, Ukrainian Counties:    All of Michigan

Description:  Document assistance by BIA accredited representative, immigration paralegal. Immigration related photos on site; accompaniment to USCIS by immigration paralegal (BIA rep). Fee for services. Offers 90-hour citizenship preparation program, 99% success rate at first INS interview for program graduates. Offers various social services and mental health SA counseling, transportation and refugee assistance

Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center

17375 Harper Ave, Suite 24124 Detroit, MI 48224  (313) 881-2903

Attorney on staff: Yes

Eligibility Requirements: None

Income:    N/A

Contact:     Kevin Picuch

Languages:   English

Description:   Provide low cost legal services to immigrants and refugees seeking to make a home in the city of Detroit. Offer lowcost housing to immigrants and refugees who have difficulty finding long-term residences in the city of Detroit. Assist businesses owned by Detroit residents (from disadvantaged communities) unable to find capital due to their inexperience, need for professional support, and/or immigration status


Justice for Our Neighbors – Southeast Michigan

20000 W. 13 Mile Road Beverly Hills, MI 48025 (734) 709- 1151 Fax:      (734) 682-0005

Attorney on staff:  Yes

Eligibility Requirements: None

Income:    200% of poverty level

Contact:     Melanie Goldberg, Attorney

Languages:   Interpreters arranged as needed Counties:    Southeastern Michigan

Description:   Free legal services to low income immigrants.  Monthly immigration clinics held in Dearborn, Pontiac, and Ypsilanti. By appointment only


La Sed

4138 W. Vernor Detroit, MI 48209 (313) 554-2025 Fax:     (313) 554-2242

Attorney on staff: No

Eligibility Requirements: None

Income:    None

Contact:    Laura Kopack, Legal Aid and Counsel

Languages:  Spanish Counties:    Southwest Detroit

Description:  Translation services, social services, senior services, after school.


Lakeshore Legal Aid/La Vida

5635 W. Fort St. Detroit, MI 48209   (313) 849-3920 Ext. 5036 Fax:     (313) 849-0824

Income:    200% of poverty level or below

Contact:    Carlos Valdovinos, Advocate


Languages:  Spanish, English Counties:    Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland

Description:  VAWA and U Visa assistance

Beverly Hills, MI Site Attorney Melanie Goldberg – 248-267-8959,

General Legal


Legal Aid & Defender Association

Penobscot Building 645 Griswold St., Suite 2600 Detroit, MI 48226 (313) 964-4111 Fax:     (313) 231-1231

Client Intake: Toll-Free: (877) 964-4700 Fax:     (877) 963-5700

Attorney on staff: Yes

Eligibility Requirements:  LSC restrictions

Income:    125% of poverty level or below

Contact:    Shirley Whitsitt, Managing Attorney & Director of Advocacy

Languages:  Spanish Counties:  Wayne, Oakland, Macomb

Description:  Offers full range of legal services, including public benefits, real estate, criminal, juvenile, and family. Free services. Walk-ins discouraged. No immigration services.


Family Law Assistance Program 248-335-0125 ext.2

Services: In partnership with Lakeshore Legal Aid, provides legal assistance for all family matters, walk in clinic every other Wednesday at the Oakland County Law Library.  Call for dates and times. Requirements: You must be low income. Legal services are for Oakland County only; circumstances need to be related to family law issues such as divorce, custody, parenting time, child support, Personal Protection Order (PPO), etc. You must not already be represented by an attorney.


Common Ground 248-456-0909 – Admin 800-231-1127 – Toll Free Crisis Line

1410 South Telegraph Rd.  Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

Services: Legal Clinic assists people with legal concerns such as child custody, divorce, and finance-related issues. Other services include advice, referrals, and counseling at no charge. They do not provide direct representation


Legal Aid and Defender Help Desk (Oakland County)

248-858-0344 – Court Administration 877-964-4700 – Help Desk


Oakland County Courthouse

1200 Telegraph Rd. Pontiac, MI 48342

Services: Legal information and referrals for legal services, as well as legal advice/representation for eligible residents. LADA may be able to assist with landlord-tenant problems, mortgage foreclosure, food stamps, Medicaid, social security insurance benefits, bankruptcy, school-related issues, utility problems, collection cases, garnishment of wages and other civil legal matters.


Southfield Legal Clinic


26080 Berg Rd.

Southfield, MI 48033

Services: A free consultation with an attorney is available through Human Services Legal Aid by appointment only. Appointments are 15-20 minutes in length. This service provides legal advice only and will not include document preparation or follow-up. The following types of legal concerns are addressed: Landlord/Tenant Dispute, Divorce, Wills, Probate, Traffic Violation, Family or Domestic Issues. There is no income requirement, but must be an Oakland Co. resident. Clinics are on every other Tuesday evening. Appointments are available on a first-call, first-served basis


Salvation Army William Booth Legal Clinic


3737 Lawton St.  Detroit MI 48208

Services: Consumer Debt, Landlord/Tenant, Juvenile/ Guardianship, Immigration, Wills, Public Benefits and General Advocacy


Free Legal Aid Clinic


5435 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48202

Services: free legal help for low-income or elderly residents of Wayne County


Michigan Legal Services


900 Michigan Ave Detroit MI 48226

Services: legal aid to low income Michigan residents.


Legal Aid and Defender Association of Detroit

877-964-4700 – New Case Contact

313-967-5555 – Administrative

613 Abbott St. Detroit, MI 48226

Services: Legal Aid and Defender provides legal assistance in civil legal matters including housing, bankruptcy, consumer protection, public benefits, etc. There is an income requirement to be eligible for services. Services in Spanish and Arabic are available. Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Protection orders


Oakland County PPO Office (non-domestic violence/sexual assault) 248-975-9511

Oakland County Courthouse

1200 N. Telegraph Rd. Pontiac, MI  48341

Services: Applications for personal protection orders. The type of PPO a person applies for is determined by how you know the other person and not the behavior.  PPO Options: Domestic PPO, Non-Domestic Stalking PPO, Non-Domestic Sexual Assault PPO, Domestic Stalking Minor PPO, Non-Domestic Stalking Minor PPO, Non-Domestic Sexual Assault PPO against a minor. Website has procedural instructions on completing the application and instructions for petitions.


HAVEN’s PPO Advocacy Program

(Help for domestic violence and sexual assault related PPOs – free and confidential) – Oakland County 248-858-0203


Wayne County Personal Protection Orders


Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 2 Woodward Ave., Room 201 Suite 207 Detroit, MI 48226

Services: PPO help – a social services specialist will be there to assist the person filing for a PPO.


Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services

313-967-3579 PPO Information


104 Lothrop

Detroit, MI 48202

Services: Help with PPOs, serving PPOs.


Macomb County  –  Turning Point – Personal Protection Order (PPO) Advocacy



Macomb County Circuit Court

40 N. Main St. Mt. Clemens, MI  48043

(Domestic/sexual violence only)

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services


Oakland – HAVEN

248-334-1274 – Crisis and Support Line 877-922-1274 – Toll Free 248-334-1284 – Administrative

P.O. Box 431045 Pontiac, MI 48343

Free, most programs confidential

Services: HAVEN is Oakland County’s center for the prevention and treatment of domestic and sexual violence. HAVEN offers emergency, temporary shelter, individual and group counseling, court and PPO Advocacy, forensic examinations and other supportive services.

24 hour rape kit service with an advocate bound by confidentiality and a forensic nurse. Do not have to report to police to get a rape kit unless a weapon or strangulation is involved or victim is under 14.


Wayne County SAFE  

2727 2nd Ave #300, Detroit, MI 48201 (313) 964-9701

Provides free compassionate and trauma-informed care to survivors of sexual assault throughout Wayne County.

Rape kits with forensic nurse and advocate 24/7.    Unsure if victim needs to report to police.

Counseling and advocacy services are available to anyone who identifies as a survivor of sexual assault, sexual abuse or incest – no matter when it occurred.


Macomb – Turning Point

586-463-6990 – Crisis Line

P.O. Box 1123 Mt. Clemens, MI 48046

24-Hour Emergency Shelter, Domestic and Sexual Violence Counseling, Hospital and Court Advocacy, Children’s Program, Community Education, Support Groups.

Free rape kits with forensic nurse and advocate 24/7. Unsure if victim needs to report to police (not likely).


Detroit YWCA Interim House


985 Jefferson Ave #101 Detroit, MI 48207

Services: 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, food and clothing, individual, family, children and group counseling, residential and non-residential support groups, legal advocacy, sexual assault advocacy, childcare services, community education and information/referrals


First Step of Western Wayne County

www.firststep-MIorg 734-722-6800 – Crisis Line 888-453-5900 – Toll Free Line

Plymouth Office 44567 Pinetree Drive Plymouth, MI 48170

734-416-1111 – Administrative 734-416-5555 – Fax

Wayne Office 4400 South Venoy Wayne, MI 48184

734-722-1772 – Administrative 734-722-4311 – Fax

Redford Office 27150 Westfield Redford, MI 48239

313-937-9791 – Administrative 313-937-9793 – Fax

Services: Domestic violence and sexual assault services. Provide shelter and counseling, some advocacy.


SASHA Center – Sexual Assault Services for Holistic Healing and Awareness


PO Box 2118 Detroit, MI 48202


2727 2nd Ave. Suite 162 Detroit, MI 48201

Services: Sexual assault support groups, assistance in filing crime victim compensation claims, referrals

Human Trafficking


National Human Trafficking Resource Center


Hours of Operation – 24 hours, 7 days English, Spanish and 200 other languages



Lifeline (National Suicide Line)


General Security


Threat Management Center


6440 Wight Street Detroit, MI 48207

Services: Provides domestic violence Victory Program. VIPERS will escort victims to and from courts, supervised parenting exchanges and visits with known violent parents under court supervision, transport high risk individuals or families to another shelter if violent offender is aware of their location, serving PPO’s to volatile aggressive recipients, Urban Survival Tactics Training, on site bug sweep for cameras, bugs or recordings, Threat assessment of a home and help provide a more secure home. Other services also provided.   



Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Hotline

800.832.1901 877.785.2020 ← Spanish line

Hours of Operation – 24 hours, 7 days Languages: English and Spanish

Crisis line that provides emotional support, safety planning, crisis counseling, referrals, and emergency housing


Lesbian and Gay Switchboard of Detroit Affirmation

248.398.4297 800.398.4297

Hours of Operation – Mon thru Wed, 4 pm to 9 pm; Thurs, 4 pm to 11 pm; Fri & Sat, 4 pm to 10 pm

Languages: English; Arabic on first and third Sat of each month, 4 to 8 pm



800-398-4297- Crisis Line 248-398-7105 – Business Line

290 W. 9 Mile Rd. Ferndale, MI 48220

Services: Civic engagement, counseling services (individual & group) and youth services. Free and sliding scale fees


Equality Michigan


313-537-7000 866-962-1147 ex 107 – To report discrimination or violence 313-537-3379 – Fax

19641 W. 7 Mile Rd. Detroit, MI 48219

Services: Statewide civil rights advocacy, victim services (for LGTBQ with HIV/AIDS), direct assistance/advocacy, education, & attorney referral project.


Ruth Ellis Center

313.252.1950 – Administrative 313.865.3372 – Fax

77 Victor St. Highland Park, MI 48203

Services: provides short and long-term residential safe space and support services for runaway, homeless, and at-risk lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender, and questioning youth.


Triangle Foundation

313-537-7000 877-787-4264 – Report an incident

19641 W. 7 Mile Rd. Detroit, MI 48219

Services: Statewide civil rights advocacy, victim’s services, direct assistance/advocacy, education, and attorney referral project.


Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project 800-832-1901

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Helpline 888-340-4528

National Gay & Lesbian Hotline 888-843-4564

Trevor Project/24 Hour Suicide Hotline 866-488-7386