Esperanza Immigration Legal Services | Esperanza


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 community education, advocacy and direct legal services to immigrants and their families, so that they may participate in and benefit fully from 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.  

Our model:

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 500 low-income immigrants.  We have also served over 750 immigrants in educational workshops.

In that time, we have achieved 188 positive immigration remedies, and have helped naturalize over 90 new American citizens!


Watch Damara’s Story, and find out how EILS helps to change the lives of immigrants in Philadelphia.