The Rural Immigration Project provides legal representation and education to immigrant individuals and families living in rural Minnesota, primarily in the southwestern area.
While the bulk of ILCM’s clients (approximately 54 percent) reside in Ramsey, Dakota, and Washington counties, ILCM traditionally only provided comprehensive services to residents of Ramsey and the 32 counties of southern Minnesota. ILCM only served residents of all other Minnesota counties through statewide projects that focused on providing immigration services to persons who had been victims of domestic violence or other serious crimes, and persons who were in detention. However, recognizing the need for services throughout Minnesota, ILCM’s board voted in 2009 to extend our services to Minneapolis and throughout the State of Minnesota. ILCM opened a full-time office in Worthington in December 2009 and for the first time since ILCM was created in 1996, ILCM is working to meet the overall legal service needs of the entire statewide immigrant community.