Immigration Defense Clinic

UNiversity of Colorado - boulder
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Immigration Defense Clinic

Student attorneys in Professor Chapin’s legal Clinic at CU Law defend immigrants in a wide variety of legal matters, specializing at the nexus of criminal and immigration law. Professor Chapin and her students appear in both state and federal court on behalf of noncitizen clients, and also file affirmative immigration applications including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) petitions. The Clinic operates on the academic schedule and typically takes cases during the academic calendar, from August-May.

Free Legal Clinic

Professor Chapin’s Clinic provides 100% free representation with some funding available to assist with DACA renewal fees. There is limited capacity for the cases they take, but Professor Chapin and her students can provide free consultations and referrals for clients that the Clinic is unable to take. For criminal cases, you must be a resident of Boulder County, and charged with a misdemeanor offense to qualify for assistance in the Clinic. Prof. Chapin’s Clinic can provide representation and/or discuss immigration matters with all Colorado residents.

Types of Cases

  • Non-citizens/undocumented people with pending misdemeanor criminal cases charged in Boulder County
  • Federal immigration cases
  • DACA applications
  • Asylum (one per year)

Similar services available:

Free Well-Being Support for Immigration Stress and Trauma- DCAC

Our Immigrant Family Initiative provides mental health services specifically to families and children who are experiencing trauma or stress as a result of their immigration status or situation.
Services offered to families experiencing trauma due to immigration.

Services Available
Trainings- empower families in growth and well- being

Support groups- to share stories and heal from experiences.

Individual/family therapy- bilingual therapists with experience with immigration issues who individuals and families through, heal, and overcome experiences.

Programs for Pregnant and Postpartum Mothers- Motherwise

MotherWise empowers women and their families to thrive during pregnancy and after a new baby is born.

Disability Support and Education Services-El Grupo Vida Colorado

El Grupo VIDA is a network of Hispanic/Latino parents formed to provide mutual support for people with disabilities or special needs, their parents, family, and guardians.

Grief Counseling Services- Judi’s House

Judi’s House provides support to children and families grieving a death. Services are provided to youth ages 3 to 25, and their families at no charge.

Call or email the clinic to see if your case qualifies 

Email: Violeta.Chapin@colorado.edu or use the button below to call the clinic

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