Immigrant Defense Project

The mission of Immigrant Defense Project is to secure fairness and justice for immigrants in the United States.

We work to transform a racially biased criminal legal system that violates basic human rights and an immigration system that tears hundreds of thousands of immigrants with convictions each year from their homes, their families, and their communities.

We fight to end the current era of unprecedented mass deportation via strategies that attack these two interconnected systems at multiple points. We use impact litigation and advocacy to challenge unfair laws and policies and media and communications to counter the pervasive demonization of immigrants. And we provide expert legal advice, training, and resources to immigrants, legal defenders, and grassroots organizations, to support those on the frontlines of the struggle for justice.

We help lay the groundwork for a day when the criminal and immigration laws of the United States respect and uphold the human rights of everyone, fulfilling the values of equality, justice, and fairness for all.


At Least 18 Lynchings Took Place In Indiana By 1940

A national nonprofit organization says at least 18 lynchings took place in Indiana between 1880 and 1940, as part of more than 300 lynchings in eight states outside the deep south during that time.

The Equal Justice Initiative released a new report Tuesday outlining the history of racial terror lynchings in the United States.

“Racial terror lynchings were horrific acts of targeted violence against African Americans…by white mobs who murdered black people with no risk of accountability or punishment,” the report says.


Asylee vs. Refugee: Application & Procedural Differences

The difference between asylees and refugees is largely procedural. A person who requests asylum in the United States is called an asylee. A person who requests protection while still overseas, and then is given permission to enter the U.S. as a refugee, is naturally called a refugee.

However, here is the likely source of confusion in this area. Both types of applicants must, in order to obtain their status, prove the same thing — that they qualify for protection under U.S. law, because they meet the definition of a refugee found in Section 101(a)(42)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (I.N.A.).


Latin American Consulates

205 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 4208/09, Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 819-2610 

2535 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20008-2826
(202) 332-9636 

1825 Connecticut Avenue N.W. Suite 200C, Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 232-4827 

401 North Michigan Ave., Suite 1850, Chicago, IL 60611-4207
(312) 464-0244 

875 North Michigan Ave. Suite 3352, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 654-8780 

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District 10 Pro Bono Project provides free legal services

District 10 Pro Bono Project provides free legal services in Clay, Greene, Hendricks, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan, Owen, and Putnam, Indiana. We do so with a number of innovative programs matching volunteer attorneys with clients who need help with shelter, income, safety, or access to justice.

The District 10 Pro Bono Project provides legal services to indigent people who otherwise would not be able to obtain justice. We do so by recruiting, training and recognizing attorneys from the private bar, and helping these attorneys fulfill their pro bono obligations. We support lawyers in their natural role as problem solvers, so that lawyers can help lower income people create permanent solutions to issues involving shelter, income, safety, civil liberties, access to justice, and other necessities of life. Our volunteers include judges, lawyers, professors, law students and other community members, all of whom work together to create better justice in our legal system and better lives for the people in our community.


What is Sanctuary Everywhere?

“Sanctuary Everywhere” is the simple idea that everyday people can work to keep each other safe—wherever we are. Sanctuary can mean taking someone into a congregation to protect them, but even broader than that, sanctuary is about the community coming together to protect those who need it.

That means standing up to discrimination, harassment, and violence in our schools, congregations, public spaces, cities, streets, and everywhere it happens. Whether we are welcoming refugees or working to stop deportations, protecting religious groups who have been targeted and attacked, working to ensure that Black Lives Matter by interrupting anti-Black violence, or protecting the rights of LGBTQ people, we are all in this together.


Partnership Aims to Tackle Diabetes Among Latinos


Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly & Co. (NYSE: LLY) has announced a research collaboration with the William Sansum Diabetes Center in California. The pharmaceutical company says the partnership aims to improve the lives of Latino people affected by diabetes.

Lilly says the collaboration will provide insight into the unmet needs of Latino diabetes patients and help with the development of interventions that could improve health outcomes.

“This is a great opportunity for us to further understand the significant impact of diabetes for Latino families,” said Dara Schuster, senior director of U.S. Medical Affairs for Lilly Diabetes. “Through this collaboration, we will learn where the gaps are so we can develop meaningful solutions for the unmet needs.”


Crowdsourcing Dataset Map of ICE Raids

Alternative journalism, and humor social commentary digital platform Latino Rebels launched a new crowdsourcing data campaign called MIGRAMAP that tracks and maps ICE raids. The new initiative allows everyone to pinpoint the location of these raids.

MIGRAMAP is a data tool, a social media platform and a global positioning system, all in one. The community reports the location immigration officers are raiding. The website will show a color-coded map with the data results. The tool is based on self-reports. It has the option for the community to post their own stories.


Immigrant rights group has ‘know your rights’ workshops

Nettie Garza said she wants to go visit her grandmother, whom she hasn’t seen in nine years, in Mexico. She has been saving up money to make the trip, but now, Garza, a green card holder, is scared to leave the country.

Garza, 29, attended Bloomington Immigrant Rights Coalition’s “Know Your Rights” workshop Tuesday evening. She wanted to be informed on what to do if her resident status is questioned in the wake of President Trump’s executive order on immigration and 
international travel.

Tuesday’s workshop was the second in a series of five workshops at the Monroe County Public Library that will teach immigrants their rights if questioned by Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement officers.



Indiana University has long recognized the absolute necessity of a diverse and inclusive community to an excellent education. All IU students, regardless of their background or country of origin, are welcome in our community. Each and every one brings perspectives and experiences that, taken together, enrich the educational experience and prepare our students to thrive in the 21st century. Our student body expresses who we are as a community and reflects our foundational commitment to inclusion and diversity.


Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance (IUYA)

The Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance (IUYA) is a youth-led organization that seeks to empower young immigrants to achieve higher education and engage in the community to demand more just and humane policies that affect undocumented families. We believe we can build power by organizing at the local and statewide levels, all while providing resources to support undocumented students and their families, and creating meaningful alliances with other advocacy organizations. Our network is made up of undocumented and documented youth, allies, and affiliate organizations.



The Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance (IUYA) is a youth-led organization committed to empowering undocumented youth to achieve high levels of education, influence public policy, and overall improve the quality of life of undocumented communities in the state of Indiana. Our organization was established in 2011 after our founders held a peaceful sit-in at former Governor Mitch Daniels’ office asking to veto HEA 1402 and SEA 590


Spanish mental health support available

When she was growing up listening to Spanish soap operas in the background of her home, Patricia Gonzalez learned Spanish and English at the same time throughout her youth. Her bilingual background now allows her to be a counselor at the Center for Human Growth, a member of the Unidos team and a mental health consultant at La Casa Latino Cultural Center.

The CHG is a training clinic in the School of Education. The center works with master’s and doctoral students to become counselors. The Unidos team, part of the CHG, is made up of doctoral students that speak Spanish and are interested in Latino 
mental health.




The U.S. Constitution ensures equal representation for all individuals living in the United States, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, or immigration status. Noncitizens, though they may lack the right to vote in federal elections, have the right to have their voices heard by their representatives in Congress.

This guide is intended to serve as a resource to all individuals who would like to more effectively participate in the democratic process. While we encourage noncitizens to participate to the extent that they are able, individuals should only take actions that they are comfortable taking, and should consider their particular set of circumstances before engaging in any of these activities.

Individuals are under no obligation to provide any personally identifiable information to a member of Congress or their staff. Individuals may be asked for their name and zip code, but this is only to confirm that the person is a constituent, and providing this information is strictly voluntarily. NO ONE is required to provide any additional information, such as address, social security number, or immigration status.


Indiana Latino Institute

ILI strives to not only improve the high school graduation rates for Latino students but works to expand the population of Latino college graduates in Indiana by helping Latino students to navigate the enrollment process and by being a resource for helping these students to graduate from college.


Monroe Smart Start

The Birth-to-five coalition is working together to create a community where children are ready for school and ready for life!

Our Vision: 
All children in Monroe County will enter school with the skills and attributes they need to be successful, nurtured by families sensitive to their needs and supported by a community committed to helping children reach their full potential.

The Birth-to-five coalition is working together to create a community where children are ready for school and ready for life!

Our Vision: 
All children in Monroe County will enter school with the skills and attributes they need to be successful, nurtured by families sensitive to their needs and supported by a community committed to helping children reach their full potential.


Just print your FREE prescription card and show it to your pharmacist. Save Up to 75%.

The discounts and savings on medications are provided voluntarily by the more than 61,000 participating pharmacies that have agreed to provide prices similar to what they give large insurance companies and employers. FamilyWize essentially acts like a huge consumer group buying service for the uninsured and underinsured.

The Foreign Language Institute of Bloomington

Our unique program engages students with a proven, age appropriate foreign language immersion curriculum. We’ve personally developed interest driven activities that are geared towards instilling confidence in every foreign language learner. We integrate technology throughout our music, dance, crafts, and storytelling curriculum in order to successfully connect with every student. Our program of study will strengthen your students’ literacy skills while exploring new cultures. Learning complex grammar structures and linguistic intricacies is fun!


Capellanía. (Salud integral y Pastoral de la Salud)

La idea es brindar el servicio de Pastoral de la Salud con el servicio de Capellanía. La finalidad sería ofrecer este servicio a las personas de la comunidad hispana-latino que se encuentren padeciendo alguna enfermedad y necesiten de apoyo espiritual. El servicio se extiende a la familia del paciente, puesto cuando un miembro de la familia se afecta, todo el conjunto es afectado.


NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.

From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Financial contributions allow NAMI to offer an array of programs, initiatives and activities in support of the NAMI mission.


NAMI, la Alianza Nacional de Enfermedades Mentales (NAMI, por sus siglas en inglés), es la organización de salud mental más grande de los EEUU dedicada a mejorar las vidas de las personas con serias enfermedades mentales y las de sus familiares.

Tras su fundación en 1979, NAMI se ha convertido en la voz de la nación con respecto a los trastornos mentales. NAMI es una organización nacional que incluye oficinas en cada estado y en más de 1,000 comunidades locales, alrededor del país, las cuales se reúnen para alcanzar la misión de NAMI a través del asesoramiento, la investigación, el apoyo y la educación.

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Cáliz Latino en la Unitarian Universalist Church (UU)

Por primera vez en Bloomington se abrirá el círculo social conocido como “Chalice Circle”  y en su versión Hispano-Latinoamericana “ Cáliz Latino”.


¿Qué es? Un espacio de encuentro amistoso que se lleva a cabo en las instalaciones de la UU en Bloomington. La idea es compartir una o dos veces al mes (de preferencia los días martes) de 19:00 p.m. a 21:00 p.m. temas de interés personal y colectivo. No se necesita ser miembro de la UU, puede asistir a otra iglesia o congregación de fe, puede no asistir a ninguna iglesia. Lo único que se requiere es disponibilidad de tiempo y ganas de explorar un espacio de conversación e intercambio de ideas desarrollado de principio a fin en lengua española (castellano).


La finalidad es brindarle a la comunidad hispano-latina de Bloomington la posibilidad de participar de un espacio social en donde pueda compartir experiencias, ideas y proyectos sociales en común que puedan contribuir con el desarrollo de relaciones sociales justas y armoniosas.


El grupo se realizara con un mínimo de 6 y un máximo de 12 personas. La participación en por el periodo de un año. No se recolecta dinero, no se imparte doctrina religiosa. El respeto es una de las bases fundamentales del circulo “Cáliz Latino”. Si tiene niños, no se preocupe podemos organizar personas que pueden cuidarlos en la misma instalación de la UU.


El encuentro de presentación y coordinación de fechas de reunión será el Domingo 16 de septiembre a las 4:00 p.m., y el primer encuentro sería el Martes 18 de 19:00 a 21:00 p.m.


¿Como hacer para asistir? Para mayor información comunicarse con José Toledo a email:

Community Health Services-Women, Infant and Children Program (WIC)Community Health Services-Women, Infant and Children Program (WIC) (Servicios de Salud Comunitaria de Mujeres, Infantes y Niños)

Supplemental food and education for pregnant and postpartum women and children ages birth to 5 years.

Cost: Free to income eligible.


333 E. Miller Drive

Bloomington, IN 47401Alimentación suplementaria y educación para las mujeres embarazadas y puérperas y niños desde el nacimiento hasta los 5 años.

Precio: Gratis para los requisitos de ingresos.


333 E. Miller Drive

Bloomington, IN 47401

Community Health ServicesCommunity Health Services (Servicios de Salud Comunitaria)

For children ages birth-18.  Immunizations, TB tests, hemoglobin tests and other services.  Call for more information and appointments.

Free of charge for children under eighteen.


333 E. Miller Drive

Bloomington, IN 47401Para los niños el nacimiento hasta los 18 años. Las inmunizaciones, pruebas de tuberculosis, pruebas de hemoglobina y otros servicios. Llame para mayor información y citas.

Gratis para niños menores de dieciocho años.


333 E. Miller Drive

Bloomington, IN 47401

Community Justice and Mediation Center (CJAM)Community Justice and Mediation Center (CJAM) (Centro de Justicia Comunitaria y Mediación)

Provides community mediation services, victim-offender reconciliation programs, shoplifters’ alternative program, conflict resolution training and education, restorative justice, and youth projects.


120 W. 7th Street, Suite 310

Bloomington, IN 47407


 Proporciona servicios de mediación comunitaria, programas de reconciliación de víctima-agresor , el programa alternativo de los ladrones, la formación de resolución de conflictos y la educación, la justicia restaurativa, y proyectos de los jóvenes.


120 W. 7th Street, Suite 310

Bloomington, IN 47407