Asylum Services

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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.


NIJC regrets that our Asylum Project is currently not accepting any new cases.  Please check back after September 8, 2015 to learn if we have begun to accept new cases.

If you are afraid of returning to your home country and would like general information about the asylum process, you can call NIJC’s asylum hotline at 773-672-6555 between 9 am – 12 pm on Thursdays or you can visit to obtain 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

PLEASE NOTE that NIJC is still accepting the asylum cases of children who entered the United States on their own without a parent or guardian and individuals who fear returning to their home country because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status.

  • 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.


Click here to download a consultation schedule and instructions for how to make appointments for any of NIJC's legal services here.

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