Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. – Ohio Immigrant and Refugee Rights Center (OIRRC)

ABLE works to ensure the availability of quality immigration legal services to members of the northwest and west central Ohio communities who are seeking a better life.

Our Statement on the Rights of Immigrants & Refugees

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) stands with other non-profit and legal services organizations, community groups, and concerned residents during this time of great concern for immigrants and refugees living in northwest and west central Ohio. Resources for legal services to low-income refugees and immigrants are nearly nonexistent in our 32-county service area. ABLE is the only provider of these services in northwest and west central Ohio. As lawyers and advocates who serve in the public interest, we remain committed to providing legal representation and legal counseling to vulnerable refugees and immigrants, working to protect their rights under our Constitution and laws.

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Farmworker Chronicles Podcast

Thousands of agricultural workers live in or migrate to Ohio to work in its number one industry, Agriculture. These workers are often an afterthought, stuck in the background, and the Farmworker Chronicles podcast aims to bring their stories to the forefront. Not of the people calling the shots but those who toil in the fields and harvest the food we eat, those who care for livestock and work in dairies. Co-hosts Gwen Short and Wendy Aviña want to know why they do this backbreaking work, how they got into the industry, and their hopes and dreams. They also seek to explore the dangers of these occupations and the history of worker protections in agriculture, especially those of farmworkers and foreign agricultural workers. Listen to the podcast on WGTE Public Media.



New report finds immigrants play vital role in Ohio economy

State and national philanthropy groups release data on Ohio’s immigrants; call for further resources Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), in partnership with a group of philanthropy organizations, has released a new report, Our Pathway to a Brighter Future: Ohio’s New Americans, revealing that immigrants play a crucial role in Ohio’s economy and that […]

Preparing Your Family for Immigration Enforcement

Whether you are a U.S. citizen, come from a mixed status family, or have immigrant friends, neighbors or coworkers, now is the time for us to protect one another. There are small things you can do to help keep families together—Know Your Rights! And make sure everyone in our community know their rights too. >> Preparing […]