Freedom House Detroit serves individuals and families seeking asylum. We provide legal services, shelter, food, clothing, mental health services, and access to medical care, language classes, and job skills training.
What is asylum? Why would I need it?
Asylum is a legal status that allows people fleeing harm in their home countries to live safely in another country. Asylum is reserved for people who have been (or will be) harmed because of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or particular social group, which can include victims of gang violence, victims of domestic violence, family membership, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, amongst many others.
I'm afraid to return to my home country. Can you help me apply for asylum?
If you are in the U.S. and fear returning to your home country because you belong to one of the groups listed above, then you may be eligible to apply for asylum. However, there are other factors that impact a person’s eligibility. We examine each case individually to assess if we are the right provider for your needs. If we cannot help, we will do our best to refer you to other resources.
Can you help me get out of my home country?
We know you are scared; we hope you are safe. There may be organizations in your country that can help. Legally, we can only help asylum seekers already inside the U.S.
I have a defensive case. Will you help me?
Both defensive and affirmative asylum seekers are eligible for services at Freedom House. You do not need to know which kind of case you have. If you are seeking asylum or think you may want to seek asylum and you are inside the U.S., then we may be able to help you.
How much do I have to pay for your services?
Our goal is to ensure that our services are affordable for the most vulnerable of asylum seekers. If you think you are eligible to receive services with us, please call us at 313.964.4320.
I am seeking asylum in Canada. Can you help me?
Do you have a spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew in Canada who is a citizen or permanent resident of Canada? If you do, we may be able to help.
Do I have to live at Freedom House to receive legal services?
Yes, to receive any services we provide, asylum seekers must live at Freedom House. (We also serve former residents of the House.)
What legal services should I expect to receive?
To develop trust and build a strong asylum case, our legal team works on-site at the House. We will guide you through the asylum process and help you apply for work authorization. We will represent you at your asylum interview or at court. If you are granted asylum, we can also help you reunify with your family and apply for a green card and citizenship.
Do you provide legal services for people not seeking asylum?
No. We specialize and handle asylum cases only. If you are in need of other legal or immigration services, please visit this webpage for a list of organizations that may be able to help you.
I already have an attorney. Can I stay at Freedom House?
If you are an asylum seeker receiving legal services from another organization, you may be eligible to live at Freedom House.
I think Freedom House can help me. What do I do next?
The first step to seeking any service with us is to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 313.964.4320. We will respond to your inquiry within three business days.
Freedom House cannot help me. What do I do?
If you do not qualify for our services or are seeking other immigration legal services, please click here.