National Immigrant Justice Center
208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60604
The Jeanne and Joseph Sullivan Project for Protection of Asylum Seekers provides free legal representation to asylum seekers fleeing persecution in their homelands. NIJC's LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative serves immigrants seeking asylum based on persecution related to their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.
Who can claim asylum?
If you meet the following requirements, you may be eligible for asylum:
- You are currently present in the United States.
- You cannot return to your home country because you have been persecuted in the past by the government or by a group that the government cannot or will not control or fear you will be persecuted in the future.
- You have been or will be targeted for persecution in your home country because of your religion, political views, race or nationality, or because you are a member of a particular social group.
If you are afraid of returning to your home country and would like to see if NIJC can represent you in your asylum case, you can call NIJC’s asylum intake hotline at 773-672-6555 after 9 a.m. on Thursdays. Please be aware that NIJC has very limited resources to accept new asylum cases and is not able to assist everyone who calls the hotline. Once our intake appointments have been filled, the asylum intake hotline will close and callers will need to call again the following Thursday.
You can also visit NIJC's resource page for pro se asylum seekers in removal procedings for information for individuals who are in removal (deportation) proceedings and are seeking asylum on their own. For a list of private attorneys with whom you may wish to consult about your case, please visit www.ailalawyer.com.
PLEASE NOTE that if you are a child who is afraid to return to your home country and you entered the United States on your own without a parent or guardian or you fear returning to your home country because of your sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status, you must contact a different NIJC program for assistance.
- If you are afraid to return to your home country and you entered the United States as a child on your own, please call 773-672-6550 on Thursdays between 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. for a consultation.
- If you are afraid to return to your home country because of your sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status, please call 773-672-6551 for a consultation.