Immigrant Justice Program

The IJP offers a variety of legal services to low-income immigrants who live within the jurisdiction of the Memphis Immigration Court.
The Community Legal Center’s Immigrant Justice Program (IJP) was founded in 2006 to ensure access to qualified legal assistance to those trying to navigate our country’s complex immigration system.
The IJP offers a variety of legal services to low-income immigrants who live within the jurisdiction of the Memphis Immigration Court (TN, AR, and northern MS).
We, generally, only handle family-based applications, humanitarian immigration relief, and representation in removal proceedings. We do not handle student visas or employment-based immigration. Our services include:

Services we provide


  • Adjustment of Status
  • Asylum
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • DACA Renewal
  • I-130 Petitions for Alien Relative
  • I-589 Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal
  • Naturalization
  • Representation in Removal Proceedings
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
  • T-Visas for victims of human trafficking
  • U-Visas for victims of crime
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self-Petitions
If you or a family member has a question about immigration status, call the IJP to see if you qualify for our services. An IJP staff member will screen your call to establish the nature of your legal problem and determine if you fall within our income guidelines.

Due to limited resources, the IJP can only assist individuals who fall at or below approximately 200% of the U.S. federal poverty guidelines.

When you call, you will be asked to provide documentation to confirm that you meet these guidelines before being scheduled for a consultation with an IJP staff attorney. If your income exceeds our guidelines, we will refer you to a private attorney. Once the IJP confirms that you fall within our income guidelines, you will be scheduled for a consultation with an IJP staff attorney.

At the consultation, an IJP legal representative will determine whether the IJP will accept your case; if so, you will be charged a nominal fee based on a sliding scale.

There is a $60 consultation fee due at the time of the meeting.

Civil Immigrant Justice Program (Civil IJP)

Our Civil Immigrant Justice Program (Civil IJP) provides legal services which are specifically tailored to meet the needs of Memphis’ large immigrant community. Immigrants who need representation in civil matters such as divorces, adoptions, guardianships, conservatorships, landlord/tenant disputes, and consumer rights cases will work with our Equal Justice Works Fellow, Brittany Bane, to address their legal needs.

This program, which is made possible by a sponsorship from International Paper, also provides educational seminars and workshops to the immigrant community about their rights and responsibilities under the law.


The Immigrant Justice Program is a proud member of the MEMigration Coalition, a group of five Memphis-based non-profit immigration programs formed to increase our collective capacity to meet the overwhelming need for immigration services in our area.

Other members include Catholic Charities of West Tennessee, Latino Memphis, Mid-South Immigration Advocates, and World Relief. Together, we are MEMigration.

MEMigration holds regular workshops. Are you interested in immigration? Are you interested in volunteering at a workshop? Sign up!