Crowd with signs saying "One World, One Family" and "Refugees Welcome: No One Is Illegal". Credit: Ilias Bartolini, Flickr

5 Online Resources For Immigrants and Refugees in Need of Help Right Now

On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order banning all refugees from entering the United States for 120 days, indefinitely blocking refugees from Syria, and ordering that anyone from 7 Muslim-majority nations be prevented from entering the United States for 90 days. This order appears to affect both new arrivals and those already legally approved to be in the United States who may be abroad temporarily.

If you fall into any of these categories, know that many Americans stand with you and are willing to help. In particular, here are some online resources that may be helpful for you in navigating this new executive order:

The Refugee Center Online

The Refugee Center Online (RCO) uses technology to help refugees and immigrants build new lives in the United States. They supply resources for education, networking, and assistance. In particular, their explanation of Trump’s executive order may be particularly helpful right now: https://therefugeecenter.org/how-will-president-trumps-executive-order-affect-refugees/

Immigration Law Help

This site will help you find affordable legal assistance. You can search by state, zip-code, or detention center to find law professionals near you ready to help: https://www.immigrationlawhelp.org/

US Committee For Refugees and Immigrants

The US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants performs advocacy work on behalf of refugees and immigrants, resources to agencies supporting them, and some direct support. In particular, if you are seeking assistance in New York, North Carolina, or Ohio, you can contact them for direct assistance: http://refugees.org/serving-the-uprooted/services/immigration-services/

Immigration Equality

Immigration Equality is an organization devoted specifically to assisting LGBTQ immigrants. If that’s you, and you are in need of assistance, contact them here: http://www.immigrationequality.org/get-legal-help/

Integrated Refugee and Immigration Service (IRIS)

Local immigration agencies are also a great resource for help. We are personally connected to the Integrated Refugee and Immigration Service (IRIS) agency based in New Haven, CT. If you are in or trying to reach CT, you can contact them here: http://www.irisct.org/contact/

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