Quality Legal Assistance

OUR PROGRAMS

Through our dual approach of offering direct representation and matching cases with volunteer attorneys in the metro-Atlanta area, GAIN addresses the real need for immigrant access to quality legal assistance. Each year, scores of potential clients contact our office for help. These individuals receive legal advice or representation from our staff or from the many volunteer attorneys who work with us.

ASYLUM PROJECT

The Asylum Project assists immigrants fleeing persecution abroad by providing legal representation for their asylum case. Asylum seekers who seek refuge in Georgia are at a distinct disadvantage if they attempt to represent their asylum case without trained legal representation. GAIN’s assistance mitigates the challenge of seeking asylum and provides indispensable legal representation, thereby increasing the likelihood of approval.

The Asylum Project accepts referrals from government agencies, non-profit organizations, and the greater community who have identified a person or population seeking refuge in the United States. After a consultation is conducted with a potential client, our staff determines whether the case falls within the spectrum of our representation and if so, the client is either placed with a volunteer attorney or represented in-house by GAIN. Those who do not qualify are provided with a list of other legal aid organizations or reputable private immigration attorneys.

VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE PROJECT

The Victims of Violence Project uses a model that unites recruitment, training, and mentorship of volunteer attorneys to ensure that immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other crimes have access to quality legal representation for their immigration matters. By screening referred cases, placing them with trained volunteer attorneys, and providing advice and mentorship, GAIN sustains a mechanism for assisting hundreds of cases each year. This model provides immigrant victims crucial access to otherwise unobtainable legal representation.

About 60% of all individuals referred to GAIN are assisted by the Victims of Violence Project. The project specifically seeks to provide legal representation for acquiring immigration status for immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other serious crime. With this focus area in mind, our staff attorneys accept referrals from government agencies, domestic violence shelters, and other nonprofits that have been alerted to an incidence of immigrant victimization.

HOW WE WORK

After potential clients make initial contact with GAIN, we determine their eligibility to receive our services through a quick intake interview. For those who qualify for our services, the process is designed to provide high quality legal assistance in a culturally sensitive manner. We connect our clients with a volunteer attorney, and then GAIN’s knowledgeable staff attorneys and program support staff assist clients and volunteers at every step along the way.

Whether we offer direct representation by one of our hundreds of volunteer attorneys, thoughtful and thorough advice by one of our staff attorneys, or a tailored referral to the best available resource, we take a holistic approach to address the diverse needs of our clients.