Esperanza Immigration Legal Services
At Esperanza, we are committed to supporting the needs of immigrants.
Esperanza Immigration Legal Services (EILS) was formed in 2009. The mission of EILS is to provide direct legal services, advocacy, and community education for undeserved immigrants and their families so they have the opportunity to contribute to and participate in American society.
EILS is located in the heart of a low-income Latino neighborhood in North Philadelphia. We offer convenient, affordable and culturally accessible services to the most underserved immigrants, with a focus on the Hispanic community in particular.
The local, grassroots work of EILS is closely related to the work of Esperanza’s campaign to support passage of comprehensive immigration reform on a regional and national level.
We provide low-cost, non-litigation legal services to low-income immigrants and their families, including self-petitions for victims of domestic violence, special visas for unaccompanied minors, green card applications, family petitions and naturalization applications.
We also offer workshops in English and Spanish to help immigrant families thrive in the U.S., on topics such as financial literacy, debunking common immigration myths, and preparation for emergency situations. We also conduct citizenship classes to prepare eligible candidates for the citizenship exam.
We host “Citizenship Day” once a year, convening a group of lawyers to offer their services pro bono to immigrants from the community.
What we have achieved:
Since its founding, EILS has provided legal services to over 800 low-income immigrants. We have also served over 1,500 immigrants in educational workshops.
In that time, we have achieved over 360 positive immigration remedies, and have helped naturalize nearly 200 new American citizens!
Watch Damara’s Story, and find out how EILS helps to change the lives of immigrants in Philadelphia.