NCLR's IMMIGRATION PROJECT is committed to helping overcome the immigration hurdles faced by same-sex binational couples, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender immigrants. Since 1994, NCLR's Immigration Project has provided free legal assistance to thousands of LGBT immigrants nationwide.


Love Exiles

The Love Exiles Foundation supports GLBT couples who have chosen or are considering exile in order to be together and works for human rights for same-sex couples and families. There are Love Exiles groups in Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.

Limited Partnership

Limited Partnership: a documentary about love, marriage and deportation is the forty year love story of Richard and Tony, two men who were legally married in 1975 in Boulder, CO, and who have been fighting for their right to live together in the same country ever since. Richard is a U.S. citizen and Tony is from Australia and neither the U.S. nor Australia recognizes same sex marriage. When Tony was deported in 1985, they made the choice to live together even though it meant slipping back into the country illegally in 1986 and living under the radar ever since. Now aging and confronting health concerns, they are more than ever intent on telling their story to change hearts, minds and policy to enable same sex binational couples to stay together long term. We are raising funds to finish the film, please check us out at:

American Bar Association (ABA)

Commission on Immigration:
Locate contact information for free or low-cost legal services for immigrants and refugees in your area.

U.S. Department of Justice

List of free legal services providers
The listed organizations and attorneys provide free legal services and/or referrals for such services to indigent individuals in immigration removal proceedings, pursuant to 8 CFR §1003.61. Some of these organizations may also charge a nominal fee for legal services to certain low income individuals.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Here you find information on visas, residency, citizenship, the Diversity Visa Lottery and more.

CARECEN (Central American Resource Center)

Los Angeles
CARECEN's Legal Department serves thousands of clients each year and strives to obtain permanent residency for Central American immigrants through a combination of direct services, community outreach and advocacy.

Henry Aguilar, Legal Services Coordinator
Phone: 213 385 7800 (x126)

San Francisco
Call CARECEN's Legal Department at 415 642-4410
or send e-mail to

Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center

The Los Angeles Gay Lesbian Center's Legal Clinic offers one-on-one attorney consultations on a no- or low-cost basis to those who need counsel regarding a wide-range of legal issues, including business, civil rights, consumer, criminal, employment, family, government benefits, immigration, insurance, landlord/tenant issues, personal injury, and wills and estates.

Hours: By appointment
Monday - Thursday 5 pm - 9 pm

We request a $10 processing fee for the consultation, but no one will be denied services for lack of funds.

Please call to schedule an appointment. Please note we cannot provide legal advice or referrals through email.

BAIRC (Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition)

BAIRC is a broad-based coalition of individuals and organizations working to build a unified voice for immigrant rights that transforms and improves the lives of immigrants. BAIRC envisions a world where immigrants and their families lead lives filled with dignity and justice, regardless of immigration status.

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)

IGLHRC's mission is to secure the full enjoyment of the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status. A US-based non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO), IGLHRC effects this mission through advocacy, documentation, coalition building, public education, and technical assistance.

CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles)

CHIRLA responds to the critical need for reliable information within the immigrant community when new laws are adopted and/or immigration precedures change. CHIRLA also endeavors to help immigrants understand their civil and human rights.

Bay Area Progressive Directory

The Bay Area Progressive Directory is an index to about 1200 organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area that are related to progressive activism and/or helping out disadvantaged people, plus links to related web sites elsewhere.



NCLR's publications on immigration in English and Spanish:

Immigration Project Brochure

Folleto del Proyecto de Inmigración

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. We stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders
to justice.

Family, Unvalued:
Discrimination, Denial, and the Fate of Binational Same-sex Couples under U.S. Law

(Includes 3-part story of Out4Immigration's president Belinda Ryan!)

Lambda Legal

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

HIV and Immigration - The Basics

VIH e Immigracion - Lo Basico

Sexual Orientation and Immigration - The Basics

Orientación Sexual e Inmigración - Lo Básico

ACLU of Southern California

The ACLU is a civil rights organization that also advocates for the rights of immigrants, refugees and non-citizens, challenging unconstitutional laws and practices and the myths upon which these unfair laws are based.

Know your rights!

What To Do If Immigration Agents or Police Stop Your While On Foot, Pull You Over In Your Car, or Come To Your Home

En Español:
Que Hacer Si Agentes de Inmigración O De La Policía: Lo Paran Mientras Que Va Caminando, Detienen Su Auto, Vienen a Su Hogar

Creative Commons License
United by Love, Divided by Law by Out4immigration is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.