Our Mission is to welcome immigrants and refugees in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and to uphold the dignity and preserve the rights of those who need to be protected. For those immigrants and refugees of limited financial means, we are an advocate that provides high quality, low cost immigration-related legal counsel. Through all of our actions, our highly-trained compassionate staff seeks to support and empower this under-served community.
In 2013, our parent organization, Allegheny Center Alliance Church (ACAC), reached out to serve the refugee population in Pittsburgh’s Northside. Out of the community’s need for immigration legal services, several volunteers began providing limited pro-bono legal advice under the umbrella of Christian Legal Aid (CLA) through Monday night clinics. Recognizing the overwhelming need for comprehensive low-cost legal representation, Glenn Hanna, Jennifer Tinker and Marjorie Sellers began the long process of filing for Department of Justice Recognition and Accreditation. In May of 2018, the Christian Immigration Advocacy Center (CIAC) was born. The following month, CIAC received it’s 501(c)3 status and has just accepted it’s seed funding from its parent organization. In the coming months, CIAC will begin providing low-cost, comprehensive legal care to those in need. CIAC will continue to apply for grants which will ensure sustainability and longevity.