Asylum

The Ascentria Immigration Legal Assistance Program (ILAP) provides high quality legal representation and advice to asylum seekers in Massachusetts who could not otherwise afford legal counsel.  ILAP staff attorneys assist asylum seekers to navigate the legal process, reunite with their families, and start a new life in the United States.

What is asylum?

Asylum is available to individuals in the United States who fear persecution in his/her country of origin due to her race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. If granted asylum, individuals have the right to remain in the United States, work, and reunify with certain family members.  Asylum also creates an eventual pathway to U.S. citizenship.  

How can I learn more about asylum?

Please contact our program directly at 774.243.3045, or infolegal@ascentria.org if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

Special Initiatives

The LGBT Human Rights Legal Protection Projectat ILAP servces gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals who fear persecution on account of their sexual orientation. For more information about this project, please click here.