OUR PROGRAMS

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IMMIGRATION LEGAL SERVICES

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FAMILY + COMMUNITY SERVICES

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HEALTH EQUITY

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PROJECT HEARD

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Help Exchange Asylum Resources for Domestic violence victims

Please CONTACT US AT 410-992-1923 to learn more or make an appointment

IMMIGRATION LEGAL SERVICES

 
FIRN is a Department of Justice accredited provider of immigration legal services. FIRN has been DOJ accredited since 2000 and has years of experience providing immigration services to the community.
 
FIRN offers a wide range of immigration services for those with limited resources. FIRN provides immigration services at either a modest fee or pro bono. 

The types of cases FIRN currently handles include:

 

  • Naturalization & Citizenship Applications
     

  • Permanent Residence Applications
     

  • Family Based Petitions & Consular Processing
     

  • VAWA based applications
     

  • U & T Visas
     

  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status 
     

  • Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (LRIF)

  • ​DACA 
     

  • Work authorization applications
     

  • Consultations regarding eligibility & guidance on immigration laws and regulations
     

  • Non-detained deportation defense
     

  • Detained deportation defense 
     

  • Federal Appeals

FAMILY + COMMUNITY SERVICES

 

When people are new to the country, they have many questions about how to navigate systems. How do I enroll my children in school? Where do we go if we don't have enough food? How do I correct my child's birth certificate if their name is misspelled? Language and cultural barriers can also make it difficult for them to integrate into a new culture. Family and Community Services helps meet the client where they are.

 

 

We work with the family to give them the information they need, help them problem solve– guide them through processes and advocate for them if necessary. If there is a problem that we are unable to help with, we refer the client to someone who can. Working together to help meet the goals of our families, we have built up a lot of trust in the community. Our Family + Community Services team provides and connects immigrants to many different services including:

  • Referrals to local human and social service providers
     

  • Registering children for Head Start
     

  • Information on enrollment for school and other educational programs
     

  • Completion of applications and forms
     

  • Referrals to discount programs, government, health, dental care, and mental health services
     

  • Assistance applying for discounts or payment plans for medical bills
     

  • Referrals for prescription drug programs, and sexual assault and domestic violence centers
     

  • Referrals for crisis counseling and preventative health counseling 

  • Referrals to discount programs, government, health, dental care, and mental health services
     

  • Assistance applying for discounts or payment plans for medical bills
     

  • Referrals for prescription drug programs, and sexual assault and domestic violence centers
     

  • Referrals for crisis counseling and preventative health counseling 
     

  • Health materials in other languages

helpful RESOURCES and APPLICATIONs
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SOCIAL SECURITY
CARD
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BIRTH
CERTIFICATE
HEALTH INSURANCE
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FOOD
STAMPS
MARYLAND UNEMPLOYMENT
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INDIVIDUAL TAXPAYER IDENTIFICATION
NUMBER (ITIN)
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EMERGENCY SHELTER
ENERGY ASSISTANCE
HOWARD COUNTY GENERAL HOSPITAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING DOMESTIC
VIOLENCE
NON-IMMIGRATION
LEGAL REPRESENTATION

LANGUAGE CONNECTIONS

 

Language Connections serves to bridge the language gap by connecting organizations serving immigrants and refugees with professionally trained interpreters. For over 35 years, FIRN has been offering these languages to organizations such as health and human service agencies serving immigrants.

 

Our interpreters– many of them immigrants themselves– are culturally sensitive and professional. They are efficient and effective in helping clients communicate with anyone they need– such as social workers, doctors, lawyers, and immigration officers– to ensure their access to critical services.

We provide reliable interpreters who are able to support immigrants by bridging the language gap. Our interpreters provide both in-person and virtual services to assist with essential communication such as health services, social services, and employment. Each client is ensured a professional, caring interpreter focused on the client and their community.
 

 

 


We provide both human translations by native language speakers and translation of documents including legal, documents for immigration, school paperwork, webpages, and more. 
 

 


 

Our Language Connections team is also available for proofreading of translated documents, voice recording transcriptions, and notarized translations.

TRANSLATION SERVICES
INTERPRETATION SERVICES
OTHER SERVICES

HEALTH EQUITY

 

FIRN has identified a dire need to improve health equity throughout the community. Our Health Equity program targets seven areas –or walls– that prevent the community from providing equitable access to health resources to every member of the community.   

 

These seven walls are 1) the complexity of the system, 2) language and culture barriers, 3) lack of access to networks, 4) affordability, 5) transportation, 6) stigma and 7) employment.

 

FIRN has identified ways to target these barriers, and we have begun to overcome them through:  

  • Outreach to the community on FIRN’s health strategy  

  • Hosting multilingual webinars   

  • Free COVID testing events 

  • Drive- through flu shot events  

  • Telemedicine program pilot

FIRN is actively working on systematic change while trying to better the lives of individuals and families within the community.  

PROJECT HEARD

Help Exchange Asylum Resources for Domestic violence victims

 

Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.

 – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

With funding from Borealis Philanthropy, FIRN has undertaken Project HEARD (Help Exchange Asylum Resources for Domestic violence victims), to create a free resource portal for practitioners who represent domestic violence victims in the 4th Circuit. Members granted access to the portal will have at their fingertips helpful resources such as updated case developments in the 4th Circuit, practice pointers based on judge and DHS attorney, model briefs, and referrals. 

An alarming number of people continue to suffer grievous violence at the hands of their abusers in their home country where their government is unable or unwilling to protect them. This human rights violation is being categorically dismissed as a private matter that, except under the most particular set of circumstances, will not satisfy the legal requirements for asylum. Fortunately, the attempts to overhaul the asylum jurisprudence have mobilized nonprofit organizations and immigration practitioners to come together and support one another, and FIRN is honored to join in that effort.

Project HEARD aims to serve as a catalyst for an enduring change in how domestic violence-based asylum cases are litigated in the 4th Circuit. We encourage all interested advocates for domestic violence-based asylum to submit the Request for Access form on this page.

RECENT CASES

Find summaries of recent IJ, BIA, and 4th Circuit decisions in domestic violence-based asylum cases. Search by terms, judges, attorneys, and country of origin. 

MODEL BRIEFS

Find model briefs drafted by other immigration practitioners who have litigated domestic violence-based asylum claims in the 4th Circuit. 

PRACTICE POINTERS

Find helpful litigation and practice tips shared by other immigration practitioners who have litigated domestic violence-based asylum claims in the 4th Circuit. 

EXPERT

INFO

Find expert information  and evaluation submitted by other immigration practitioners who have litigated domestic violence-based asylum claims in the 4th Circuit. 

REFERRAL 

DIRECTORY

Find information on other immigration practitioners who litigate domestic violence-based asylum claims in the 4th Circuit. Search by jurisdiction and interest in pro bono assignment.

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Phone: 410-992-1923

Fax: 410-730-0113 

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5999 Harpers Farm Rd, Suite E-200 Columbia, MD 21044

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Fridays 9:00 AM - 4 PM
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