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The Midwest Immigrant Defenders Alliance (MIDA) provides high-quality immigration legal services for free to detained immigrants.

MIDA is a coalition of the National Immigrant Justice Center, The Resurrection Project, The Immigration Project, and the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender.

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    Who qualifies for free legal representation from MIDA?

    Individuals must meet all of the following criteria:

    • In removal proceedings before the Chicago Immigration Court.
    • In immigration detention. It does not matter where the detention center is located. Immigrants in the Chicago Immigration Court are commonly detained in Indiana, Wisconsin, and Kentucky.
    • Household income under 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
    • Have not yet had their first immigration court hearing.
    • Do not already have a different immigration legal representative.

    Individuals who do not meet these requirements may still be able to obtain free or low-cost legal help from NIJC or another MIDA partner.

    Individuals who are detained and scheduled for a hearing at the Chicago Immigration Court on a day when MIDA is available will have the opportunity to tell the immigration judge they want a consultation with a free representative.


    José's Story

    Listen to José, who faced deportation proceedings from the isolation of immigration detention, talk about how finding a lawyer gave him hope and strength to keep fighting for justice.