University of Minnesota Rochester Resources

Have a resource? Email details to immigration@umn.edu. Tell us if the resource is specific to one campus or system-wide. Resources should support immigration needs (legal, counseling or other support services) and be available to students, staff or faculty.

LEGAL RESOURCES

LEGAL RESOURCES

In this column are legal resources serving the university and Minnesota.

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc.

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc.

Eligibility: low-income and senior citizen (people over 60 year old) in southern Minnesota
Telephone: 1-888-575-2954 or (507) 377-7401
Hotline hours: M-F 9a- 11:45 a and 1p-3p
Web: http://www.smrls.org/#
Services:

  • Free, high-quality legal help to low-income people in critical civil matters.

Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association

Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association

Nonprofit working with the Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (see above)
Eligibility: Low-income individuals in need of immigration services, particularly refugees and asylees
Telephone:  (888) 575-2954 (toll free available M-F 9a-12p and 1p-3:30p
Web: http://imaa.net/
Hours: M-F 8:30 a-5p
Location: 2500 Valleyhigh Drive NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Services:

  • Assists low-income refugees and asylees to navigate permanent residency, citizenship and other immigration procedures.
  • Works in conjunction with the Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services;
  • Interpreting and translation services for immigration and legal documents;
  • Provides services to recently arrived refugee students and parents to improve academic achievement, practice leadership competencies and skills, and enhance emotional and parent/family relationships;
  • Social services to address needs of new Americans of all ages, connecting individuals and families to stable housing, transportation, immigration assistance, human services, community resources, cultural orientation, financial education, training opportunities and employment support.

Legal Assistance of Olmsted County

Legal Assistance of Olmsted County

Nonprofit serving Olmsted, Dodge and Fillmore counties
Eligibility: Free civil legal services to low-income people in Olmsted, Dodge and Fillmore counties; free legal clinics available for advice (but not representation) for all income levels.
Email: info@laocmn.org
Telephone: 507-287-2036
Web: www.laocmn.org
Location: 1700 N. Broadway, Suite 124, Rochester, MN
Services:

  • Free legal clinics for residents of Olmsted, Dodge and Fillmore counties. Volunteer attorneys provide free legal advice but do not represent cases.

Volunteer Lawyers Network

Volunteer Lawyers Network

Eligibility: Serves low-income people in Minnesota. Call the in-take line or complete the online intake form to see if you qualify.
Email: VLN@vlnmn.org
Client In-take Line: 612-752-6677
Online In-Take: https://www.vlnmn.org/intake
Web: https://www.vlnmn.org/
Hours: M, W, Th 9a-1p
Services:

  • Volunteer lawyers provide legal services in most types of civil issues, such as housing, bankruptcy, family, criminal expungement and debt collection.

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

Eligibility: Immigrant and refugee families whose household income is 187.5 percent below federal poverty guidelines.
Email: oficinalegal@ilcm.org
Telephone: 651-641-1011
Client Line: 1-800-223-1368
Client In-take hours: M, T, W 12p-1:30p Th 6p-7:30p
Web: https://www.ilcm.org/
Hours: M-F 9a-5p
Location: 450 North Syndicate Street, Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55104 Also has legal staff in Worthington, Austin and Moorhead.
Services:

  • Provides free brief legal advice and full representation to immigrants and refugees in Minnesota with immigration-related cases.

Advocates for Human Rights

Advocates for Human Rights

Eligibility: Represents asylum seekers
Email: hrights@advrights.org
Telephone: 612-341-3302
Immigrant Client Line: 612-341-9845
Web: http://www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org/
Location: 330 Second Avenue South, Suit 800, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Services:

  • Partners pro bono attorneys with local immigration law experts to deliver client-centered legal case management for asylum seekers;
  • Advocates for U.S. immigration policies that respect human rights and monitors U.S. compliance with international human rights obligations;
  • Works to combat anti-immigrant sentiment through public outreach and education.

LawHelpMN.org

LawHelpMN.org

An online resource to help people of low and moderate incomes find free legal aid programs in their communities and answer questions about legal rights and forms. Information is specific to Minnesota and offered in several different languages. See section on immigration and immigrants.

COUNSELING SERVICES

COUNSELING SERVICES

Below are counseling services available to students, staff and faculty.

Learn to Live

Learn to Live

Eligibility: Free for all Student Services Fee-paying UMN students on all system campuses.

Web: Visit Learn to Live and enter code “UMN”

Services:

  • Free online programs for stress, depression and social anxiety.
  • Resources include individual assessments and self-paged programs.

Counseling Services

Counseling Services

Eligibility: UMN Rochester students who paid the Student Services Fee
Telephone: 507-258-8017
Email: rkotovic@r.umn.edu
Web: https://r.umn.edu/student-life/student-services/student-engagement-team
Location: USquare 374 (SESC), Rochester
Services:

  • Personal counseling, healthy habits, decision making and relationship counseling.

Employee Assistance Program

Employee Assistance Program

Eligibility: all benefits-eligible employees on all system campuses, along with spouse and dependent children.
Telephone: 888-243-5744 or 612-625-2820
Web: https://humanresources.umn.edu/benefits/employee-assistance
Services:

  • Can meet with counselor on-campus or off-campus arranged with counselor;
  • Up to eight counseling sessions at no cost.

OTHER SUPPORT SERVICES

OTHER SUPPORT SERVICES

These services are intended to provide social support to those affected by immigration policy and enforcement. 

Minnesota Immigrant & Refugee Rights Helpline

Minnesota Immigrant & Refugee Rights Helpline

Eligibility: Free resource for immigrants and refugees living in Minnesota and whose household income is 250 percent below federal poverty guidelines.
Telephone: 651-287-3715
Helpline Hours: T 1p-3p and Th 6p-8p
Services:

  • Know Your Rights Legal Guidance;
  • Questions about President Trump’s immigration executive orders;
  • Travel ban questions;
  • Immigration court and detention information;
  • Advice for emergency family planning.

Community Health Service, Inc.

Community Health Service, Inc.

Eligibility: Primarily for agricultural workers; Income-based sliding fee scale for charges.
Telephone: 507-529-0503
Location: 1926 Collegeview Rd SE, Rochester, MN 55904
Services:

  • Prenatal & Chronic Disease care; case management and voucher referrals; dental, medical, vision care services
  • Bilingual Spanish-speaking staff