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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Human Services, Immigration

Mission: Promote international human rights through local service to refugees and immigrants who have suffered human rights abuses.

Programs: HRI came into existence out of the concern for those individuals who seek safe haven in the United States after suffering persecution. HRI represents clients from many different countries, such as: the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Liberia, Cameroon, Angola, Ethiopia, Armenia, Iran, Kenya, Sudan, Honduras, Iraq, Uganda, Turkey, Chad, Tanzania, Burundi, Togo, and Egypt. - Legal Services provides consultation and representation at the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Immigration Court, or the Board of Immigration Appeals for those seeking political asylum. Clients must present a compelling case for asylum, providing proof of persecution or the well-founded fear of persecution based on one or more of the following: race, religion, nationality, political opinions, and/or membership in a particular social group. Clients qualify for this free legal representation by demonstrating their inability to pay legal fees.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a physician I cannot recall any work that has been more fulfilling than my work for HRI clients. It has broadened my medical expertise, used up every part of my life experience and personalized international news in a life changing way. The HRI staff is solid, knowledgeable and experienced so my inexperience has not been a hindrance. The HRI clients are heroes - people I was lucky to read about who now I can personally help and get to know on a deep level. This is the most rewarding work I have ever done. I feel deep gratitude for the staff and the clients. They all have my undying admiration.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to the united state four years ago. i was seven month pregnant. Life was tuff for me and my boyfriend however, HRI staff made our lives easier. HIR provide us attorney, mentor and some of our basic needs given as a gift. Their work is neat and professional. HRI is a place you can find generous and eager staff. On this opportunity i would like to thank all HRI previous and current staff for your support.

Senait

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have run out of words to describe the help I received from the HRI attorney's and the staff as a whole during my asylum applications. They made me feel cared for and gave me emotional support, comfort and hope during my case. Once again I would recommend HRI to my fellow country folks and it is my wish that the HRI continue to receive the support it needs to carry this humanitarian work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to the United States as an asylum seeker and HRI helped me through the pro-bono program with the great attorney that worked on my case and other services that HRI referred me to such as the medical checkups and counselor services required for the application process. The process also included going to Houston for the immigration interview which HRI covered such as the trip, meals and boarding. One of the many things that I cannot forget is when HRI gave me a calling card to call my son and that said a lot about the people I was working with. Throughout that whole hectic process which can be stressful and long I got a world class service from people who are committed to a great cause of helping, saving lives and reassuring people like me that I can live a life without fear of unfair prosecution.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a pro bono lawyer for this agency since it's inception in 1999. My experience has been unfailingly positive. This is the best example of a non profit with a huge heart, but run in an extremely efficient and effective way. Lives are saved because of the efforts of this talented team.

Client Served

Rating: 5

HRI did everything to me in the legal process of requesting asylum to me.
1- They arranged pro-bono attorney for me so that preperation will be made for Histon Office.
2- Paid all the bills of my expenses encountered to follow The Histon Office proceddings. We had to go back and forth twice.
3- They had to arrange pro-bono attorneys for the follow up in court.
4- They had to prepare and followup tidios and repetitive requests made by the court.
5- They had to represent me and prepare my work permit request. They also gave it a follow up.