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Legal Help

Hartford Public Library is recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Access Program (OLAP) to offer legal advice by its qualified legal specialists.  As a not-for-profit organization, we are able to offer these services at low cost to the public. Questions? Call 860-695-6354 or 860-695-6337   Email


Follow THESE STEPS to get ready for your consultation with a legal specialist. 

Only Attorneys or BIA Accredited Representatives can provide legal advice. Notary publics, businesses, immigration consultants are NOT able to give immigration legal advice. THE WRONG HELP CAN HURT!  Customers wishing to fill out online forms themselves are advised to visit the USCIS official website at  DO NOT apply at  OR   Make sure the address ends with .gov   At you can check your case status, download forms, and schedule an appointment with a USCIS Immigration Officer.  

Area immigration service providers    

Protect Yourself Against Raids & Enforcement Actions 

Refugee Resettlement and Background Information       


The Cultural Orientation Resource Center (COR) provides orientation resources for refugee newcomers and service providers. Publications include refugee background information on the:   

Office of United Nations Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Primary purpose safeguarding the rights and well-being of refugees.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Refugee Settlement (ORR) Oversees federally funded refugee resettlement programs in the US.

U.S. State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) Promotes United States’ population and migration policies.  


Suggested readings: 

Suggested films:

  • Blood Diamond (2007 Feature Film,143 min.) 
  • God Grew Tired of Us (2007 Documentary, 90 min.) 
  • Hotel Rwanda (2005 Feature Film, 122 min.) 
  • The Killing Fields (1984 Feature film, 142 min.)  
  • The Letter, an American Town, and the Somali (2003 Documentary, 76 min.)  
  • The Lost Boys of Sudan (2004 Documentary, 87 min.)  
  • Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008 Documentary, 72 min.) 
  • Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire (2005 Documentary, 90 min.)

Other Resources

Immigration Policy Center   
Immigrant Rights  
Migration Policy Institute 
National Partnership for New Americans  
Immigration Learning Center  
U.S. Immigration History  
U.S. Department of State 

Brookings Institution Of note: state-of-metropolitan-america-indicator-map 
Federation for American Reform (FAIR) 
Grant Makers Concerned with Immigration and Refugees (GCIR)  
New York Times: Immigration Explorer Interactive Map: 1880-2000   
New York Times: Mapping America: Every City Every Block   
WRAPS Refugee Processing Center

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