The Immigration Legal Assistance Project provides, for a nominal fee, legal assistance and counseling to all categories of low-income persons. The project also provides immigration "services" for the private immigration bar. The project uses its limited resources to:


  1. Provide immigration legal advice for U.S. Citizens, immigrants, and aliens.
  2. Prepare immigration and naturalization forms.
  3. Translate, certify, notarize, and copy documents.
  4. Tie in lawyer referral service and all appropriate social service agencies.
  5. Train law students, attorneys, and volunteers in all aspects of immigration law and procedures.


L-R: Jane McCaffrey (Immigration Project Assistant Directing Attorney) and award recipient Suzanne Johnson, attorney volunteer of the year

LACBA’s Immigration Legal Assistance Project has named Suzanne Johnson as its Honorable Benjamin Aranda III Award recipient for 2019.  Suzanne has been helping the immigrant community here in Los Angeles through her work at the Project for more than five years. 

Her commitment and dedication to our clients has been invaluable. Without Suzanne’s support, the Project would not have been able to help the 11,000 people we see every year. Her willingness to show up on Thursday mornings, to help consult with clients, or assist with paperwork made a great difference to the Project and the community. The Project depends upon volunteer attorneys, like Suzanne, to help us serve the immigrant community better.

She believes in LACBA’s goal of providing “access to justice” for all members of our society and brings a compassionate attitude to our clients and their families.


Applying for Deferred Action Status and other immigration benefits

Starting Date: January 1, 2016


The Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Immigration Legal Assistance Project provides legal assistance and counseling to immigrants seeking legal residency and citizenship in the United States.  The Immigration Project has received a grant from the State of California to provide “free legal assistance” for Dreamers who are renewing or applying for DACA, as well as DACA applicants who need advance parole, family petitions or adjustment of status. LACBA’s experienced staff immigration attorneys are available to explain the procedures for filing or renewing a Deferred Action Status, including: 

  • Who is eligible for DACA
  • The impact it could have on immigrants facing deportation hearings
  • How to avoid falling prey to “notarios,” who are not legal experts nor attorneys
  • The type of documents that will be needed  to apply or renew DACA
  • Who is eligible for travel permits, family petitions or adjustment of status

 LACBA’s Immigration Legal Assistance Project is located in the USCIS (Immigration Service) Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles and provides low-cost immigration legal services.  Consultations are just $20, and no appointments are necessary to meet with our experienced immigration attorney staff, paralegals and volunteer attorneys. 

Immigration Legal Assistance Project (same building as USCIS)

300 North Los Angeles Street, Room 3107 (3rd floor) (elevators to the right)
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Monday – Friday: 8:00 am to Noon and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

P.O. Box 531968, Los Angeles CA 90053 (213) 485-1872 clients
FAX (213) 485-0047, (213) 485-1873 volunteer attorneys
Project Director, Silvia Martinez Send an Email
Assistant Project Director, Jane McCaffrey  Send an Email