As of October 1, 2022, Immigrant Legal Center (ILC) and Refugee Empowerment Center (REC) have officially merged under ILC leadership solidifying services and support for immigrants in our community.
Through this merger, we bring together a wealth of expertise, experience, and resources that allow our staff to provide a holistic blend of high-quality services to our newest friends and neighbors in Nebraska and southwest Iowa.
Clients and partners will continue to experience the high-quality immigration legal services and refugee resettlement services you have come to expect from ILC and REC, and our services and processes remain unchanged.
Frequently Asked Questions
The ILC board will oversee the newly merged organization which will operate under the leadership team of:
- Erik Omar, Executive Director
- Anna Deal, Legal Director
- Roxana Cortés-Mills, Associate Legal Director
- Monica Meier, Director of Social Work
- Tanya DeWolf, Director of Refugee Services
- Rick Rummel, Director of Finance and Administration
- Cailan Franz, Director of Development and Communication
There will be no change to our service model. Our legal team and refugee services team will continue to operate in the same fashion. Clients and partners will continue to experience the high-quality immigration legal services and refugee resettlement services you have come to expect from ILC and REC, and our services and processes remain unchanged.
Yes, you can continue to designate your donation to refugee services.
Yes, you can continue to designate your donation to immigration legal services.
The REC 501(c)(3) has been be dissolved and the combined organization will operate under ILC’s EIN number which is 74-3195841.
The Nebraska Immigration Legal Assistance Hotline, operated by ILC, is a centralized hotline for low-income individuals seeking immigration legal assistance. Any person seeking immigration legal assistance can contact NILAH to be connected with the service provider who can best meet their needs in the shortest amount of time. Learn more about NILAH at immigrantlc.org/nilah or call 1-855-307-6730.
Reception and placement services are provided through a contract with the Department of State. Eligible individuals with refugee status are connected to REC through our national volunteer resettlement agency (VOLAG), the Ethiopian Community Development Council.
There is specific programming available to Afghan and Ukrainian arrivals. Individuals from Afghanistan and Ukraine who are in the United States without permanent status can contact 402-676-5478 to learn more about programming they may be eligible for.
Employment support services are available for immigrants within 5 years of arrival to the United States. To schedule a consultation with an employment specialist, contact 402-676-5478.
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Immigrant Legal Center has 10 offices located in Nebraska and southwest Iowa.
- Immigrant Legal Center (Main Office)
4223 Center St, Omaha, NE 68105
- Refugee Empowerment Center, a program of Immigrant Legal Center Office
1111 N 13th Street, Suite 128, Omaha, NE 68102
- Centro Hispano (Columbus Office)
3020 18th Street, Suite 7, Columbus, NE 68601
- Centro Latino of Iowa (Council Bluffs Office)
300 W Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
- United Church of Christ (Crete Office)
440 E 12th Street, Crete, NE 68333
- College Park at Grand Island (Grand Island Office)
3180 West U.S. Highway 34, Grand Island, NE 68801
- Goodwill (Lexington Office)
2401 Plum Creek Parkway, Suite 2, Lexington, NE 68850
- Immigrant Legal Center (Lincoln Office)
1221 N Street, Suite 221, Lincoln, NE 68508
- Immigrant Legal Center (Nebraska City Office)
611 Central Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410
- Immigrant Legal Center (Scottsbluff Office)
615 S Beltline Highway West, Scottsbluff, NE 69361
- Unity in Action (South Sioux City Office)
3900 Dakota Avenue, Suite 11, South Sioux City, NE 68776