Looking for legal advice?

HILSC members free & low-cost immigration legal services – from consultations to full representation in immigration court. Services are available at our non-profit member organizations located throughout the Greater Houston region:

Access HILSC’s legal services providers in English and Spanish

The Immigrant Rights Hotline is a place to get up-to-date information about changing immigration policies, to report discrimination and racial profiling, and a source for referrals to legal services providers and immigrant rights organizers. The hotline is staffed by bilingual (Spanish/English) operators Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (except holidays). Interpreters are on hand to assist callers in any other language.

AccessHOU.org is a database of resources for agencies working with immigrants in Greater Houston. Anyone can use it to find social services, from medical care to rental assistance to after school programs. The site is open source, so if you have additional agencies or programs to add, or changes to existing agencies or programs, please use the editor to add useful content for all. A user manual is available in the top right corner, should you have questions. Or you can email accesshou@houstonimmigration.org.

Other Resources

  • United We Dream has launched Notifica, a mobile application designed to assist immigrant families who come in contact with immigration agents. Learn more at www.notifica.us. Download at your favorite app store, or text NOTIFICA to 877877.
  • The ACLU of Texas developed MigraCam, a smartphone app designed to help people living in immigrant communities notify their family members and friends if detained in a raid or traffic stop. Learn more at www.aclutx.org/migracam.

HILSC only promotes legal services at reputable non-profit organizations that are authorized to provide immigration legal services. Don’t get scammed by notarios!

  • A “notario” is not an attorney and does not have a license to practice law or represent you in your case. Notarios may cheat you out of significant amounts of money and harm your case. Learn more and report notario fraud.

To find where a particular immigrant is detained, visit Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Online Detainee Locator

There are four immigration detention facilities in the Greater Houston area. They are:

  • Houston Contract Detention Facility (15850 Export Plaza Drive, Houston, TX 77032)
    • This facility has a bed capacity of 1,000 and is run by CoreCivic (previously known as Corrections Corporation of America).
    • For information about visitation, sending items to detainees, media, and FOIA, visit ICE’s facility website.
  • Joe Corley Detention Facility (500 Hilbig Road, Conroe, TX, 77301)
  • Montgomery Processing Center (806 Hilbig Road Conroe, TX, 77301)
  • IAH Secure Adult Detention Facility (3400 FM 350 South, Livingston, TX, 77351)

Fact Sheets

Videos

  • We Have Rights: What to Do When Interacting with ICE 
    • The ACLU has produced videos on what to do in several enforcement scenarios. Available  in English, Spanish,  Urdu, Arabic, Haitian Creole, Russian, Mandarin.
  • Locally produced videos from The Metropolitan Organization (TMO) and Catholic Charities
  • Other KYR videosfrom Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County

Pocket-sized KYR (small materials to carry with you)

  • KYR Cards in multiple languages (United We Dream)
  • Red Cards: pocket sized cards that provide critical information on how to assert ones rights, along with an explanation to ICE agents that the individual is indeed asserting those rights (Immigrant Legal Resource Center)

Instances of hate and discrimination are on the rise throughout the United States. HILSC is a member of the Houston Coalition Against Hate, a network of community-based organizations in Houston that have come together to collectively address incidents of bias, hate, discrimination and violence against Houstonians because of their religion, race/ethnicity, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, and immigration status.

If you have been the victim of a hate incident, report it to:

If you need a lawyer to help you prepare a power of attorney form for the care of your children, please contact:

  • Houston Volunteer Lawyers (HVL): Call 713-228-0732 or visit their calendar for a schedule of upcoming clinics.

Family and Safety Preparedness Packets

Toolkits