Because of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, detained individuals may wish to seek release from detention on humanitarian parole. You don’t need to have an attorney to request parole.
These materials are not meant to constitute legal advice. We cannot guarantee that your loved one qualifies for this form of immigration relief or what the outcome will be of any materials you submit using these resources.
I’m not sure what to do... Are there any self-help guides available?
You can find information about immigration relief and resources to help your detained loved one advocate for themselves if they can’t find an attorney.
Noted by the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project: These publications are meant to provide useful basic information about immigration law and detention. Under no circumstances do they constitute legal advice. These self-help materials are designed for people who are detained to use in representing themselves when applying for some common forms of legal relief from removal.
Innovation Law Lab and the Detention Watch Network have put together some great educational videos that should answer many of your questions about the immigration process. The following topics are available in several languages:
What is the difference between pro se and full representation?
What is the difference between ICE, ISAP and the court?
What is an MCH?
What is an NTA? What is a notice of hearing? How do I read it?