The Vision

Our Mission

We  provide immigrants and refugees of limited financial means with high quality, low cost immigration-related legal counsel.  We also refer clients to complementary services offered through our partnerships for the support and empowerment of this underserved community.

We welcome each immigrant and refugee with the love of Christ and uphold their dignity as we represent them, give them voice and defend their rights.  

In the provision of legal services, CIAC does not discriminate for any reason, including race, religion, gender, color, national origin, age or disability.

Our work is strengthened through cooperation with other legal service providers, government agencies, foundations, businesses, individuals, non-faith based organizations, clergy and other Christian ministries in the Pittsburgh area.  We collaborate with these and other community partners to offer services that are effective and fiscally sound.

Our Story

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, which CIAC received in May of 2018.  The following month, CIAC received it’s 501(c)3 status and accepted it’s seed funding from its parent organization. Since August of 2018,  CIAC has been providing low-cost, comprehensive legal care to those in need.  CIAC will continue to apply for grants which will ensure sustainability and longevity.