Unaccompanied Children's Program

MIRC represents all unaccompanied children who come to Michigan in federal immigration custody.  We also represent children who have been released from custody and other children who may be eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS).  Our unaccompanied children's team has represented every child brought to Michigan in federal immigration custody after being unlawfully separated from family at the border. 

The Unaccompanied Children's Program is hiring attorney and non-attorney positions- check out the job postings... more

Farmworker & Immigrant Worker Rights

Wage theft and workplace exploitation exist in our immigrant communities because of weak state laws, current attacks on federal workplace protections, and lack of enforcement by state and federal agencies, but also because of our immigration laws and how those laws are used by employers to exert power and control over workers who assert their rights. At MIRC, we deeply understand the interplay between immigration and workplace rights and in alliance with our community partners, we represent and support Michigan’s... more

Naturalization and Citizenship

MIRC has a particular interest and focus on promoting naturalization. To learn more about citizenship and naturalization generally, visit our friends at Michigan Legal Help

If you are interested in applying for naturalization, you have come to the right place. MIRC is proud to provide free naturalization assistance as an affiliate... more

Coalition Building

MIRC staff take active leadership roles in regional, statewide and national coalitions and organizations including the Michigan Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (MCIRR), Protecting Immigrant Families Michigan (PIF MI), Drive Michigan Forward, Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Kalamazoo (TRHT Kzoo), the American Immigration Lawyers... more

MIRC VAWA/U Pro Bono Panel

MIRC’s Pro Bono Panel provides assistance to victims of domestic abuse or serious crimes who qualify for relief pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) or the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (VTVPA, more commonly known by the "U" and "T" visas it provides). These two legal protections help vulnerable immigrants and their dependents to come forward and escape violent relationships or situations where they would otherwise not do so because of their undocumented or expired immigration status. VAWA self-petitions are for battered spouses and children of United... more

Immigrant Rights Impact Litigation

MIRC engages in impact work addressing key immigrant rights issues in the state of Michigan. As part of these efforts, MIRC staff directly represents clients facing barriers to realizing their rights and accessing services due to their immigration status, and also generates legal analysis of policies that have the potential to adversely impact the immigrant community. MIRC places special emphasis on issues affecting immigrant children and the children of immigrants.

For example, MIRC is currently co-counseling a case American Civil Liberties Union alleging violation of the... more

Welcoming Michigan Finds New Home at Global Detroit

After 10 successful years at the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC), Welcoming Michigan has moved to a new organizational home at Global Detroit. Over the years Welcoming Michigan has worked with community based organizations and local governments across the state to create more immigrant-friendly communities. The move came as MIRC refocused its work on immigration law and policy.

Welcoming Michigan is a statewide program aimed at fostering mutual respect and understanding among U.S.-born and foreign-born Michiganders. The project partners with organizations and... more