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Make an appointment for a video, phone, or in-person consultation

All of our legal clinics are now open for in-person consultations by appointment only. We will continue to do video and phone consultations as well.

Make an Appointment

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Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center helps clients with more than just immigration issues. We offer free and low-cost legal services to anyone who needs it in the Detroit area and is unable to afford a traditional attorney.

We help find solutions for a wide variety of legal needs:

  • Immigration, deportation, naturalization
  • Family and custody issues 
  • Housing and landlord/tenant issues
  • Traffic and driver’s license
  • Probate, wills, and end of life matters
  • Unfair contracts and employment practices
  • Expungements
  • Starting a small business and entrepreneurship

If you need help, please visit one of our clinics or reserve an online consultation.

Free Legal Clinics

All people and legal issues are welcome.  There is no test or qualification to receive help. Everyone who comes to the clinic will work with a trained team of legal professionals who will examine their needs and advise the best solutions. We do as much as we can to help clients solve issues in the clinic; including writing wills, completing immigration forms, responding to legal complaints, and much more. All of the work we do at our legal clinics is free of charge to all clients.

For those clients who need professional help outside the clinic; we may take them on as legal representation clients at our discretion.

Our goal is that each client leaves the clinic ready to take the next steps to resolve their issue. Clients are welcome to continue visiting us until their issue is resolved.

We welcome clients who can afford it to consider making a donation to SWIRC so that that we can extend our services to help others.

Come see us at one of our clinic locations

12-5 pm

99 Wayne St., Pontiac 

12-6 pm

2826 Bagley Ave., Detroit

12-5 pm

15491 Maddelein St., Detroit

Video or Phone Consultations

We provide a limited number of online consultations each week via video or phone conference. A consultation provides the same opportunity as a visit to one of our clinics to speak with an attorney at no charge and receive whatever help we can offer to resolve your legal issue.

Online consultations are 30 minutes long and are free of charge. We can use most video platforms, including WhatsApp, Apple FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Zoom, and Facebook Messenger.

Make a Video or Phone Appointment   Haga una cita de video o teléfono

Legal Representation

Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center represents clients in area courts and before certain government bodies on a wide variety of legal issues. We are best known for our work on immigration matters and are skilled at helping persons with the following needs:  naturalization, DACA renewals, adjustment of status, special immigrant visas, family-based visas, employment-based visas, asylum, immigration appeals, and temporary protected status.

We also represent clients in lawsuits, minor criminal matters, civil issues, and before various administrative bodies in the region. When clients seek representation on matters beyond our capabilities, we are happy to provide a referral to another free or reasonably priced legal services provider.

Anyone seeking full representation must first come to one of our legal clinics or do an online consultation.

All full representation clients are asked to make a donation to SWIRC for the work we do, but no one is denied help for being unable to pay.

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