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Engaged Citizens Program

Focused on helping immigrants obtain their best immigration status available to them through quality, reliable and affordable immigration legal services. Mano a Mano is recognized by the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Assistance Programs (OLAP), authorized to provide immigration legal services without the presence of an attorney through our Accredited Representatives.

Engaged Citizens Program Initiatives include:

  • Immigration Legal Services: providing affordable and trustworthy application processing for administrative processes adjudicated by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Application processes supported include: naturalization, deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), and green card renewals.  Mano a Mano provides one-on-one case management and support through these complex processes;
  • Outreach & Education: keeping the community up to date in the latest happenings in the immigration world, including any new laws or fraud alerts; 
  • Beyond Legal Aid Clinic in conjunction with Beyond Legal Aid (a Chicago-based legal clinic), providing full legal representation before USCIS and the Department of Justice for complicated immigration cases, including: naturalization, U-visas, asylum petitions, deportation defense, and re-inscriptions for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
  • HEALS: Dedicated to providing victims of domestic violence and other serious crimes in the United states with assistance in obtaining legal status. We accomplish this through screenings to help individuals apply for an immigration benefit in the United States if found that they qualify. We can represent individuals with U-Visas, T-Visas, and VAWA applications. We also advocate for victims and connect them with community resources to help them overcome trauma and any limitations due to victimization they may have experienced. Please reach out to Bitia Sandoval, HEALS Immigration Legal Advocate (

To schedule an initial appointment for your case, call 847-201-1521.

For more information about the program or to schedule an Immigration Information Session in your community, contact Sara Avalos, Program Coordinator (email or by phone).

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