Emergency Preparedness for Immigrant Families: A 50 State Resource

Purpose and Disclaimer

This resource contains select national and state-by-state resources to guide immigrants, legal service providers, and advocates as they assist families at risk of detention or deportation in planning to protect their families and property.

Disclaimer: The resources listed are for informational purposes only and are not intended to constitute legal advice. CLINIC does not specifically endorse the organizations or resources listed. Consular contact information was updated in April 2019. Other resources were current on the specific access date listed. This webpage will be updated periodically.


Families at risk face a series of challenges and difficult decisions in preparing for the possibility of being separated from one another. Planning to ensure children (as well as other dependents) and financial assets are taken care of is crucial, and preparation can be complex. Each state has its own set of laws, legal forms, and processes related to appointing a guardian for a dependent or for financial planning.

CLINIC strongly urges families to work with qualified attorneys to assist with these procedures, as state laws and legal forms may not clearly apply to a detention or deportation scenario. For example, a legal form may be intended for a parent preparing for the possibility of becoming ill, but not applicable for the possibility of detention or deportation. Attorneys with expertise in these areas of law can guide families in making the best decision for their situation.

Clinic Planning Resources for Immigrant Families

Partner Organizations' Planning Resources for Immigrant Families

Consular Hotlines

Mexican Consular Hotline: 1-855-463-6395. In addition, a number of Mexican consulates have emergency or 24-hour telephone numbers.

Other Hotlines: Selective consulates of other nations have emergency or 24-hour telephone numbers that may be obtained on consular websites or by dialing the main numbers for these consulates.

State-by-state Listing of Specific Resources in the 50 States and the District of Columbia

State Bar Associations and Pro Bono Bar Associations: State bar associations can assist with referrals to attorneys and organizations with expertise in the areas of law relevant to immigration and family law matters, such as, guardianship of minors, as well as estate planning.

Consular Contact Information: Country consulates throughout the United States and embassies' consular sections can assist their nationals with information and services, including responding to emergencies, and locating resources. CLINIC urges all non-U.S. citizens to register with their local consulate office to learn more about the resources and services they offer. The below state-by-state listing includes consular contact information by the nations of El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Liberia, Mexico, Nepal, and South Sudan.

Other Resources: This section lists additional state-specific resources that may be most helpful when planning ahead, as well as in emergencies. Resources include information about guardianship of minors and powers of attorney in support of dependent adults. Please note that a single link may lead to multiple resources.

For comments, questions, or new resources, please contact advocacy@cliniclegal.org.

To filter the list below for a specific state.

Alabama State Bar Association

Alabama State Bar
Alabama State Bar: For the Public

Consular Contact Information


Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta
1700 Chantilly Dr., N.E
Atlanta, GA
(404) 266-2233

El Salvador

Consulate General of El Salvador in Atlanta
6735 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30340
(770) 591-4140


Consulate General of Honduras in New Orleans
One Canal Place
365 Canal St., Suite 400
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 708-1781


Consulate General of Guatemala in Atlanta
2750 Buford Hwy., N.E., Suite 135
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 320-880


Consulate General of Haiti in Miami
259 S.W. 13th St., Suite 3
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 859-2003


Consular Services of the Embassy of Nepal
2730 34th Pl., N.W
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 667-4550

Consulate General of Nepal in New York
216 E. 49th St., 4th Floor
New York, NY 10017
(917) 675-6783


Consular Services of the Embassy of Liberia
5201 16th St., N.W
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 723-0437

Consulate General of Liberia in New York
228 E. 45th St., Suite 602
New York, NY 10017
(212) 687-1025

South Sudan

Embassy of South Sudan
1015 31st St., N.W., Suite 300
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 600-2238

Other Resources

Volunteer Lawyers Association Alabama State Bar: Guardian and Conservator by Court Appointment (accessed July 10, 2017)
Alabama Legal Help: Powers of Attorney (accessed July 10, 2017)
Madison County Alabama: Alabama Guardians (accessed July 10, 2017)
Madison County Alabama: Conservatorship/Guardianship (accessed July 10, 2017)