HOUSTON IMMIGRATION LEGAL SERVICES COLLABORATIVE (HILSC)
“Creating a collaborative takes people out of their silos and gets them to think about their work differently. Without a coordinator or convener, it’s hard to set aside the time to create those connections. A collaborative creates the space for people to come together and see the deficiencies in Houston’s immigration services and see how they collectively can address those gaps.”
– Andrea Guttin, Legal Director
What We Do
HILSC coordinates the Immigrant Rights Hotline with a back-end database to help guide the hotline operator as they answer queries.
The Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative (HILSC) consists of over 50 legal and non-legal immigration service providers. The collaborative is driven entirely by its membership, with organizations given the option to sit on HILSC’s Executive Committee. HILSC is deeply committed to a vision that all immigrants be provided legal assistance while seeking legal status and navigating the complexities of the U.S. immigration system.
In order to achieve its vision, HILSC plays a critical convening, coordinating, and communication role in the Houston immigration services community. It creates a network of organizations to increase the effectiveness, efficiency, and quantity of services to assist low-income immigrants. This support helps immigrants access information and legal representation in order to make empowered decisions about their lives.
This website is a project of the Legal Empowerment and Immigration Network, a group convened by NYU School of Law’s Bernstein Institute for Human Rights and Global Justice Clinic. The website is part of a multi-year documentation initiative to make visible the powerful impacts of legal empowerment programs to advance the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants in the U.S.Interested in joining the network or want to find out more information? Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.