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Legal resources for immigrants to prevent fraud

  • The State Bar of California provides consumer legal information in Spanish and takes complaints about attorneys and unlicensed legal services providers.
  • The state Office of the Attorney General has information on immigration consultants in seven languages.
  • The FTC has information about immigration fraud, including a wallet-sized card detailing how to spot scams that target immigrants.
  • The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website has brochures and posters in 14 languages that describe immigration scams and can be downloaded.
  • The American Bar Association, as part of its “Fight Notario Fraud” campaign has training materials, case law and other resources for attorneys on its website.
  • As part of its Stop Notario Fraud campaign, the American Immigration Lawyers Association has a list of state immigration laws, lists of disciplined consultants on its website and state-by-state definitions of the unauthorized practice of law.
  • California Rural Legal Assistance Inc. offers a variety of services and programs to low-income residents in rural areas, including immigrants.
  • CHIRLA is another good resource for immigrants with questions about their rights.

Read our story about immigration fraud.