UnLocal, Inc. was founded by Michele Lampach and Laura Stein in 2006, originally conceived as an online resource for immigrant New Yorkers to provide information about New York-based social services. UnLocal, Inc. volunteers conducted a needs assessment by organizing a meeting of immigrant leaders and services providers, wrote a business plan in collaboration with NYU’s Stern School of Business and created an internship program at the International High School of Prospect Heights, in which recent immigrant teens participated in the business plan process. However, in 2007, the development of UnLocal, Inc. was put on hold so Michele could attend law school.
In 2011, UnLocal became active once again. Michele, then a new lawyer joined CUNY’s Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN) Incubator for Justice, an incubating space for individuals and non-profits aimed at serving communities underserved by legal services. With CLRN’s support, UnLocal revised its mission and became a direct legal services provider and education organization for New York’s City’s undocumented immigrants.