Legal Resources

Legal Resources

UCR students and their immediate family members can get FREE immigration services from the UC Immigrant Legal Services!

Provides legal advice and representation such as DACA, Advance Parole, Family Petitions, U-Visas, etc. 

UCR's immigration attorney is available for appointments on-campus, M-F, 9AM-4PM. To schedule an appointment please email from your UCR email address . In the email, please provide your name and phone number. Undocumented Student Program Coordinator will provide you a link to schedule an appointment with the immigration attorney. 

About UC Immigrant Legal Services Center

The University of California Immigrant Legal Services Center serves the immigration-related legal needs of undocumented and immigrant students in the University of California system.

Operating out of UC Davis School of Law, the groundbreaking program reaches out to students at UC campuses —UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Merced, UC San Francisco, UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, and UC Riverside—to provide, free of charge, the legal assistance they need in order to achieve their educational goals and reach their full potential.

Karina Gutierrez, UCR Immigration Attroney 

Karina A. Gutierrez was born in Mexico, and raised in Orange County where she completed her undergraduate studies at California State University, Fullerton as a double major in Psychology and Political Science. During college Karina was involved in various on-campus school programs; she co-founded a student organization called PATHE (people against trafficking and human exploitation)  to spread awareness on domestic and international human rights issues, among other social issues, as a senior she was a mentor to Freshmen students through the Freshmen Programs department, she was an intern with the AmeriCorp Jumpstart Program, and Legal clinic on campus. Thereafter, obtained her J.D. from Golden Gate University, School of Law in San Francisco where she was the Academic Director for Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, Editor of the Environmental Law Journal, and interned with several immigration rights organizations including Asian pacific Islander Outreach Program and Catholic Charities of the East Bay.

Prior to joining UC Immigrant legal service center she worked at Public Law Center, a non-profit legal service organization in Santa Ana, CA, where she handled a wide range of immigration petitions and conducted know your rights and family preparedness presentations.. She was also actively engaged with orange county grassroots organizations; Resilience OC, OC Iimmgrant Youth United (OCIYU), and OC Communities Organize for Responsible Development (OCCORD). Karina was also a guest speaker at various events and college campuses, primarily at Chapman University, School of law and Santa Ana College. During her time at Public Law Center, the Santa Ana City Council recognized her, among others, for her advocacy for Santa Ana's Universal Representation (deportation defense fund) and was actively engaged in the start of  the Orange County Rapid Response Network. She is currently on the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association Board of Directors, and a member of the Orange County Bar Association.

If you are not a UCR student, below are a few organizations that provide free or low cost services. 


Nonprofits (Service Based)

Advancing Justice 
Advancing Justice takes DACA cases pro-bono and provides services to the API community.     
Public Council
Public Council offers pro-bono legal representation for DACA cases.  
Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice - Emergency Response Network
The Emergency Response Team coordinates local networks of volunteers around the Inland Empire to operate a 24 hour hotline, respond immediately to immigration raids and operatives, document violations of rights and due process, and provide legal and humanitarian help to affected families.
San Bernardino Legal Services, Inc.
SBCSC, Inc. provides immigration legal representation to low income families in the Inland Empire. SBCSC, Inc is accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice- Board of Immigration Appeals.      
TODEC serves migrant communities in Riverside, San Bernardino, and Imperial Counties.
Liberia Del Pueblo, Inc.
(909) 888-1800 
Libreria Del Pueblo provides immigrants with a wide range of services and programs in San Bernardino coun
Inland Empire-Immigrant Youth Collective (IE-IYC)
The IE-IYC is a grassroots undocumented youth-led organization in the Inland Empire. Aims to to achieve equal access to higher education and justice for immigrant communities by empowering those who are most affected.
Immigrants Rising - Online DREAMer Legal Intake
E4FC's Dreamer Intake Service (DIS) is an online immigration screening tool for undocumented young people.        
Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
CARECEN provides services and low-bono legal representation for various cases, such as DACA, U-Visa, VAWA, etc.


Nonprofits- Informational (Does not provide assistance on individual's cases)

National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
NILC has various fact sheets and legal publications regarding immigration, DACA, access to health care and more.
UndocuMedia leverages digital and social media to empower the undocumented community throughout the US.       
United We Dream
United We Dream organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.
California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance 
CIYJA is an immigrant youth-led statewide alliance - 13 established organizations throughout California. Advocating for immigrant rights, and organize to help bring awareness to communities.     
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) 
ILRC works with and educate immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector to continue to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people.    
American Immigration Council 
Promotes laws, policies, and attitudes that honor our proud history as a nation of immigrants. Through research and policy analysis, litigation and communications, and international exchange, the Council seeks to shape a twenty-first century vision of the American immigrant experience.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) 
Do you know your rights? These easy-to-use resources were created by ACLU so you can have your rights at your fingertips.       
UCLA Labor Center - Dream Resource Center 
Dream Resource Center emerged as a national source for innovative research, education, and policy on immigration issues. DRC believes that young people deserve the right to learn, be healthy, and pursue their dreams – regardless of immigration status.
California Immigrant Policy Center
CIPC advances inclusive policies that build a prosperous future for all Californians, using policy analysis, advocacy and capacity building to unlock the power of immigrants in California.


Local Immigration Attorneys 

This is not an endorsement. Check in with each attorney for their cost/rate. We strongly advice individuals to follow the guides below when looking for an immigration attorney: 

Law Offices of Rosa Elena Sahagun
4505 E. Allstate Drive, Suite 102
Riverside, California 92501 
(951) 682-4525
Law Office of Russell Jauregui
560 N. Arrowhead Ave. #1A
San Bernardino, CA 92401
(909) 601-7322                         
Law Offices of Andrea J. Garcia
4480 Main Street, Suite B
Riverside, CA 92501
(844) 846-5221