Below you will find a range of resources that can help students, staff, faculty, and their families navigate issues related to their immigration status. You’ll also find information about public and private spaces on campus, legal resources, and more. Information will be added to this page on an ongoing basis.
Campus Ministry: Campus Ministry provides a variety of services to the campus including spiritual support and counseling, faith discernment and exploration of spirituality, youth groups, and more. Clergy and lay people on staff include:
- Pastor Sonja Hagander
- Pastor Babette Chatman
- Muslim Student Program Associate Fardosa Hassan
- Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres
- Pastor Mike Matson
- Contact information at www.augsburg.edu/campusministry/staff/
Center for Wellness and Counseling: This student-support center offers a range of services to help Auggies navigate issues related to health and physical well-being, provides counseling, helps students build self-help skills, and more. Website: www.augsburg.edu/cwc/
Multicultural Student Support: Augsburg has some funding available for undocumented and DACA students who need assistance to explore pathways to citizenship. For assistance, contact
- Jennifer Simon, Director of American Indian Student Services
- Hli Vang, Director of Pan-Asian Student Services
- Mohamed Sallam, Director of Pan-Afrikan Student Services
- Ann Garvey, Vice President of Student Affairs
- Contact information at www.augsburg.edu/multicultural/
Other Campus Resources
LEGAL and NONPROFIT RESOURCES
The Advocates for Human Rights seeks to improve the life of refugees and immigrants by advocating and providing informational resources. The organization provides information for individuals who need help if they are detained and also offers some free legal services under certain conditions. Website: www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org/immigration_links
The American Civil Rights Union (ACLU) has a range of information available, including how to protect yourself if ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) officials visit your home. Check out resources at: www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/what-do-if-immigration-agents-ice-are-your-door
Immigration Advocates Network is a web-based directory of information for immigration legal services. Website: www.immigrationadvocates.org/nonprofit/legaldirectory/search?state=MN
Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota is a nonprofit that provides immigration legal assistance. The organization also works to educate and advocate on issues related to immigration at the state and federal level. Website: www.ilcm.org/ The ILCM’s website also includes a comprehensive library of resources offered in a range of languages on topics including the rights of immigrants, bulletins on the travel ban and on visas, and more. Library: www.ilcm.org/resources/document-library/
- Phone Number: 651.641.1011.
- Hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Address: 450 North Syndicate Street, Suite 200, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55104
- Metro Transit: Light Rail Green Line and/or bus lines 16 and 21
- Make an Appointment: Call 800.223.1368 during intake hours to schedule an appointment with legal staff. Intake hours are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 12 to 1:30 p.m. and on Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
- Clients in Detention: ILCM operates a detainee assistance phone line on Monday and Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. Individuals being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as their families, can call 651.641.1011 within those hours to obtain general information about court proceedings, the Minnesota Detention Project, and the services the project provides at a first court hearing. Volunteers operating the phone line are not attorneys, and will not be able to provide any legal advice.
Mid-MN Legal Aid serves Minnesotans in the 20 counties of central Minnesota, including Hennepin, from offices in Minneapolis, St. Cloud and Willmar. Any request or question regarding legal assistance is handled by the organization’s intake process. Please contact a local office, apply online or call the Minneapolis office at 612.334.5970.
National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD): The NCCSD has a list of resources related to immigration and disability, including information for traveling, customs, and immigration detention. These are being updated regularly, and may be useful to those outside of higher education (with a caution that the web page is only available in English at this time). To access the immigration resources directly, go to: http://www.nccsdonline.org/immigration-news.html
National Immigration Law Center provides policy analysis, advocacy, and education on immigration issues and seeks to play a leadership role in addressing the impact of policies that prevent low-income immigrants to prosper and thrive. Website: www.nilc.org/#
National Immigration Project is a coalition of lawyers working to advance immigrant rights. The group’s website has a range of information and resources to provide technical assistance and support to community organizations and advocates who work on behalf of immigrants. Website: www.nationalimmigrationproject.org/
- Download “Know Your Rights” fliers and wallet cards: www.nationalimmigrationproject.org/tools.html
Navigate MN is a leadership development program for immigrant young adults in Minnesota facing financial, social and legal barriers to achieve their dreams through changing unjust systems. Through NAVIGATE, these young adults help their community and themselves by working to access college education, jobs and legal status. Website: www.navigatemn.org/about-us/
- Emilia Avalos, executive director, email@example.com or 612.314.6610
- Juventino Meza, justice research project director and Augsburg alumnus, firstname.lastname@example.org or 612.584.2022
- Address: 2525 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406
Pro Bono (Free) Attorneys
- Scott W. Wright, Faegre Baker Daniels, scott.wright@FaegreBD.com or 612.766.7772
- Katheryn M. Wasylik, Faegre Baker Daniels, kate.wasylik@FaegreBD.com or 612.766.7605
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services Volunteer Attorney Program
- Phone: 651.228.9823
- Address: 55 East 5th Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
- Services: Immigration, Bankruptcy, Employment and Family
United We Dream is an immigrant youth movement that provides opportunities for people to get involved in issues related to immigration, higher education, and more. Website: unitedwedream.org/
- Check out United We Dream “Deportation Defense Cards,” offered in many languages, at unitedwedream.org/thank-deportation-defense-card-handy-phone/
Volunteer Lawyers Network
- Phone: 612.752.6655
- Address: 600 Nicollet Mall, Ste 390A, Minneapolis, MN 55402
- Services: Immigration, Bankruptcy, Employment and Family