Division of Student Services

Resources: Immigration

Note: the below are not necessarily eligible for off-campus Federal Work Study. Please find FWS eligible opportunities here.

Here are some organizations that fall under the loose heading of "immigration."

Immigration Legal Aid/Support:

Catholic Charities: This catholic organization partners with vulnerable communities (regardless of their religious or non-religious identification) in an attempt to achieve lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. They work to address the root causes of problems facing communities by advocating for just public policies and helping to change the social structures that contribute to suffering and injustice at home and around the world. In addition to this, the organization works to aid or assist people both locally and globally to meet their immediate, short-term needs. Examples include engaging in direct involvement by providing food, clothing, shelter, or monetary assistance to help those in need. Get involved here. Volunteer opportunities include shelter support, economic empowerment, family strength/support, justice for immigrants, and survivors of global distribution.

Address: 2740 SE Powell Blvd. Portland, OR 97202 | Phone: (503) 231-4866

SOAR: SOAR assists refugees in becoming self-sufficient, integrated community members. SOAR’s legal program began in 1992, in response to an influx of Haitian Asylum Seekers and expanded to serve not just refugees but all low income immigrants. SOAR Immigration Legal Services provides culturally competent, immigration-related legal representation and education to low income refugees and immigrants in and around the Portland metro area. Last year, SOAR Immigration Legal Services provided legal services, educational services and legal consultations to more than 2,000 people. Their caseload includes naturalization, adjustment of status, family reunification, temporary protected status, parole renewal, humanitarian parole, employment authorization, asylum counseling, refugee travel documents and Cuban removal defense. Find more information and ways to get involved here.

Address: 7931 NE Halsey St., Ste. 302, Portland, OR 97213 | Phone: (503) 384-2482

Immigration Counseling Services:  This organization provides affordable immigration legal services and free informational forums. Their mission has recently expanded to include work with unaccompanied children and survivors of human trafficking. Reach out directly by phone to find opportunities. One current position would assist staff with clerical, outreach, client coordination and communication tasks (must be fluent in spoken and written Spanish and adhere to strict confidentiality).

Address: 519 SW Park Ave, Suite 610 Portland, OR 97205 | Phone: (503) 221-1689

IMIrJ: IMIrJ is a coalition of individuals, faith leaders and diverse faith communities that responds actively and publicly to the suffering of immigrant communities in the U.S. Through advocacy and outreach, they educate the community about the injustices current immigration policies inflict on the entire community and provide real opportunities to take action for change. Check out volunteer opportunities here.

Address: 1704 NE 43rd Ave. Portland, OR 97213 | Phone: (503) 550-3510

Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization: IRCO's mission is to promote the integration of refugees, immigrants and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy and inclusive multi-ethnic society. Volunteer in all kinds of different areas with IRCO. See opportunities here.

Address: 10301 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR 97220 | (503) 234-1541

Political Activism: Milenio facilitates the involvement of Latinx people at all levels of public decision-making and politics in our state of Oregon. Milenio strives to improve education outcomes, advocates for immigration reform, incarceration, women's rights, LGBT rights, etc. The organization conducts analysis to inform, influence, promote and engage diverse sectors of the Latinx community, with an understanding that advancing Latinx people advances a shared future. Check out events here.             

Phone: (971) 221-8968

Causa: Causa works to improve the lives of Latinx immigrants and their families in Oregon through advocacy, coalition building, leadership development, and civic engagement. Latinx immigrants and their families are the heart of Causa and inspire, implement, and champion their work. Volunteer here.

Address: 700 Marion St. NE Salem, OR 97301 | Phone: (503) 409-2473

Voz Hispana Cambio Comunitario: VHCC seeks to sow the seeds of leadership in the community by developing community organizers and raising awareness among women, men, youth and children about a model of social change that benefits all minorities and immigrants regardless of their immigration status, so that all may reap the benefits of social justice. For more information about volunteering please email at          

Address: 820 Jefferson Street NE Salem, Oregon | Phone: (503) 269-5694

Oregon DreamActivist: Oregon DreamActivist is an undocumented-led organization. Their mission is to empower, educate and escalate in an effort to win the rights undocumented community members deserve. For more information and to receive updates follow on twitter. For information about volunteering and getting connected, message on Facebook or email

Community Organizing:

Latino Network:  This is a Latinx-led education organization, grounded in culturally-specific practices and services, that lifts up youth and families to reach their full potential.  Their work springs from the core belief in Latinx community self-determination—that is, the ability of community members to participate meaningfully in the decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their families. To get involved in volunteering, job opportunities, and community events visit their website. For more information about volunteer opportunities, please contact Justina Romo, Volunteer & Development Specialist, at

Address: 410 NE 18th Ave Portland, OR 97232 | Phone: (503) 283-6881


PDXLatinxPride: Their mission is to bring community together to share and celebrate the diverse and evolving latina, latino, and Latinx cultures, experiences, and identities by creating safe events for the queer and LGBTQ family. They hope to see a visible latina, latino, latinx queer and LGBTQ community in the Portland metro area where everyone is safe, celebrated and empowered. To volunteer click here and fill out their application. To contact visit this link, email, or message on Facebook.

Labor Rights:

VOZ Workers Rights Education Project: Voz is a worker-led organization that empowers diverse day laborers and immigrants to improve working conditions and protect civil rights through leadership development, organizing, education and economic opportunity. They provide disenfranchised day laborers with leadership development opportunities as well as classes aimed at providing the skills needed to secure long-term employment. For volunteer and internship opportunities visit their website.          

Address: 240 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Portland, OR 97232 | Phone: (503) 234-2043

Portland Jobs with Justice: Portland Jobs with Justice is a coalition of over 120 faith, labor, community, and student organizations taking action for workers rights and economic justice, through an intersectional racial and gender justice lens. JwJ mobilizes support for labor and community struggles at rallies, on picket lines, in educational settings and at meetings and hearings. To volunteer apply here.          

Address: 1500 NE Irving Street Suite 585 Portland, OR 97232 | Phone: (503) 236-5573


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