FAMILY SUPPORT NETWORK AND HOTLINE
The purpose of the ICIRR Family Support Network (FSN) is to connect immigrant communities throughout Illinois to a full range of support - social services, legal aid, policy updates, financial assistance, law enforcement - in collaboration with member organizations (Información en español).
To request one of ICIRR's workshops, trainings, or immigration presentations, please use this Inquiry Form.
Need support? Call our Family Support Hotline
Hotline Call Options:
Immigrant Family Support Program (ICCIR's financial support program)
Report ICE activity/Support to locate someone in ICE custody
Connect with an immigration attorney
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Healthcare resources for immigrants and refugees
Public charge updates
Workplace rights, issues, or safety for immigrants
Immigration Legal Resources:
Southern Border Arrival Assistance in Illinois
The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is working closely with government agencies and community partners to assist southern border arrivals (asylum seekers that have arrived by bus from Texas) in accessing essential services.
If you are an asylum seeker from the southern border in need of support, or know someone who is, you can call ICIRR’s Family Support Hotline (1-855-435-7693) or 3-1-1.
What to expect when calling 3-1-1 in Chicago:
The options will be offered in English
Remain on the line to be assisted with housing
The asylum seeker’s full name and precise location must be provided
Note: It can take up to 3-5 days to find shelter
Other Resources for Asylum Seekers:
Chicago CityKey Program: You can use the CityKey as proof of identity in the City of Chicago, including when you open a bank account, rent an apartment, and apply for government services
Information about Victims of Trafficking, Torture and Other Serious Crimes (VTTC)
Court Watch Volunteer Program
Court Watch is a volunteer program founded in 2007 to observe and bear witness at detained immigrants’ hearings in Chicago. While Illinois passed legislation that banned immigrant detention within our state beginning in 2022, deportation cases are still processed in the Chicago Immigration Court nearly every weekday for immigrants - including Illinois residents - who are jailed in Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, and other states.
Can you volunteer a few hours a month to stand with detained immigrants?
Court Watch volunteers attend as many of these hearings as possible (most hearings are
currently conducted online via Webex). We partner with legal organizations and pro bono
attorneys, highlighting problems we observe and cases where unrepresented detainees are in
need of legal help.
If you'd like to volunteer with us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.