Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center

The Heartland Alliance National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. NIJC provides direct legal services to and advocates for these populations through policy reform, impact litigation, and public education. With the support of hundreds of pro bono attorneys, NIJC provides legal services to more than 8,000 individuals each year and maintains a success rate of 90 percent in obtaining asylum for those fleeing persecution in their home countries. Since its founding twenty-five years ago, NIJC has been unique in blending individual client advocacy with broad-based systemic change.

Services Offered

Comprehensive immigration legal services to detained and non-detained immigrants. 

Eligibility Criteria

household income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty line


$50 first-time consultation fee; $30 returning office visit/consultation fee; nominal fees for direct representation with fee waivers available

Applying for Services

Referral and Intake
  • Call 312-660-1370 or email immigrantlegaldefense@heartlandalliance.org to schedule a consultation
  • Individuals interested in applying for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) can register for a free pro bono clinic online at immigrantjustice.org
  • Individuals seeking assistance with asylum matters should call 773-672-6555 on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.
  • Individuals seeking assistance with matters involving unaccompanied children should call 773-672-6550 on Thursdays between 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Individuals calling about someone in immigration detention should call 312-263-0901 (collect) or 312-660-1370 on Tuesdays between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Contact Information

Phone: 312.660.1370
Fax: 312.660.1505
E-mail: immigrantlegaldefense@heartlandalliance.org
Media inquiries: http://immigrantjustice.org/press-room


CHICAGO: 208 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60604
INDIANA: 203 S. Main St., Suite 6, Goshen, IN  46526


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8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Consultations by appointment only


Spanish, French


Call 312-660-1370 or email immigrantlegaldefense@heartlandalliance.org to schedule

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