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National Lawyers Guild Committees

Center for Democratic Communications
The Center for Democratic Communications (CDC) is an organization devoted to protecting the right of all people to have access to a system of media and communications, based upon the principles of democracy and cultural and informational self-determination.

National Police Accountability Project of the National Lawyers Guild
The National Police Accountability Project is dedicated to curtailing police abuse of authority through coordinated legal action, public education, and support for grassroots and victims’ organizations combating police misconduct. 

Sugar Law Center for Economic Justice
The Sugar Law Center is a national public interest political legal litigation center.


ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project
The Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP) of the American Civil Liberties Union works to defend the civil and constitutional rights of immigrants through a comprehensive program of impact litigation and public education. The IRP files constitutional and class action lawsuits protecting the historic guarantee to judicial review, enforcing fair employment practices, and maintaining constitutional safeguards against detention practices and biased asylum adjudication.

American Bar Association (ABA) Immigration Pro Bono Development Project
The ABA Immigration Pro Bono Development Project/Bar Activation Program promotes immigrants’ equal access to our justice system. The Project works to institutionalize, within the national, state, and local bar, the unmet legal needs of immigrants, refugees, and newcomers by awarding grants to bar-sponsored programs to create or expand immigration pro bono programs.

American Immigration Council (AIC)
The American Immigration Council was established in 1987 as a tax-exempt, not-for-profit educational, charitable organization. The Council is dedicated to increasing public understanding of immigration law and policy and the value of immigration to American society; to promoting public service and excellence in the practice of immigration law; and to advancing fundamental fairness and due process under the law for immigrants. Working closely with leading immigration experts throughout the country, AIC has established four core program areas: Legal Action Center, Immigration Policy Center, Public Education Program, and Exchange Visitor Program.

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
AILA is a national bar association of over 6,700 attorneys who practice and teach immigration law. Working closely with leading immigration experts throughout the country, American Immigration Law Foundation has established three core program areas: the Legal Action Center, the Public Education Program, and an Exchange Visitor Program. Through these programs, the Foundation sponsors numerous awards programs, publishes policy reports, engages in impact litigation, and provides policymakers and the public with complete and accurate information about the benefits of immigration.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice
The mission of Asian Americans Advancing Justice is to promote a fair and equitable society for all by working for civil and human rights, as well as empowering Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and other underserved communities.

Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC)
CLINIC operates as a legal support agency for a rapidly growing national network of Catholic immigration programs. Beyond its menu of trainings and technical support services to member agencies, CLINIC organizes national programs for particularly needy populations and directly represents vulnerable groups that its local partner agencies cannot. The work of CLINIC and its network focuses on the most vulnerable, such as INS detainees, refugees, asylum-seekers, families in need of reunification, and victims of trafficking and domestic violence.

The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies
Part of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies seeks to enhance the protection of women’s human rights by providing expertise and resources in the cases of women asylum seekers. The Center provides expertise to representatives handling the claims of women asylum seekers, and seeks to educate decision makers on relevant legal and factual norms and to contribute to the formulation of national and international policy and practice.

Educators For Fair Consideration (E4FC)
E4FC's mission is to empower undocumented young people to achieve their academic and career goals and actively contribute to society. E4FC offers an array of programs and services that holistically address the needs of undocumented young people through direct support, leadership development, community outreach, and advocacy.

Families for Freedom
Families for Freedom offers advocacy and deportation defense resources for directly affected noncitizens and their families.

iAmerica is a national campaign driven by diverse organizations, created to offer informational tools and interactive opportunities for immigrants and their families to become full participants in our nation’s democracy. The website is a centralized platform with accessible and credible essential services and information for immigrant families.

Immigrant Defense Project (IDP)
IDP promotes a transformation of the criminal justice and immigration systems so that they do not result in the exile of immigrants from their homes and families in the United States. The agency also seeks to minimize deportation and detention under current laws for immigrants facing criminal charges or subsequent deportation. The IDP serves as a legal resource and training center for criminal defense attorneys, criminal justice and immigrant advocates, and immigrants fighting against deportation and detention; supports community-based advocacy against unjust immigration laws and their aggressive enforcement; and promotes immigrant-protective impact litigation results by recruiting and mentoring pro bono attorneys to provide legal assistance to immigrants challenging their detention or removal order in federal court.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
ILRC staff attorneys provide on-site and telephone consultation, training workshops and seminars, and educational curricula on immigration issues to pro bono attorneys and non-profit agencies serving immigrants throughout the United States. ILRC also offers litigation support in select cases, including representing clients, filing amicus briefs, serving as expert witnesses, and providing analyses of rules and laws, both proposed and enacted.

Immigration Advocates Network (IAN)
The Immigration Advocates Network is a free national online network that supports legal advocates working on behalf of immigrants’ rights.

Immigration Policy Center (IPC) of the American Immigration Council
The IPC website contains a wealth of information about current immigration trends, including self-published reports, current statistics, legal updates, recent media coverage of immigration issues, public education materials, and more.

Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force
Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing information, support, and a variety of resources to gays and lesbians with immigration concerns.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS)
"In response to God’s love in Christ, we welcome the stranger, bringing new hope and new life through ministries of service and justice. Our work is a ministry. We are called as Lutheran Christians and others of goodwill, to show love for God and neighbor by caring for and walking with uprooted people."

NALEO Education Fund
The NALEO Educational Fund is a nonpartisan 501 (c)(3) organization that facilitates the full participation of Latinos in the American political process. They provide professional development opportunities and technical assistance to the nation’s Latino elected and appointed officials, and monitor and conduct advocacy on issues important to the Latino community.

National Guestworker Alliance
The National Guestworker Alliance (NGA) is a membership organization of workers who enter the United States on temporary work visas. The NGA organizes in labor camps across the United States and partners with local workers to fight for the rights and dignity of guestworkers and to strengthen U.S. social movements for racial and economic justice.

National Immigrant Justice Center
The National Immigrant Justice Center (formerly the Midwest Immigrant & Human Rights Center) ensures human rights protections and access to justice for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers through direct legal services, policy reform, impact litigation, and public education. NIJC is a program of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, an anti-poverty human rights organization that provides housing, health care, and human services to improve the lives of impoverished Chicagoans.

National Immigration Legal Center (NILC)
NILC is a national support center whose mission is to protect and promote the rights and opportunities of low income immigrants and their family members. NILC staff specialize in immigration law and the employment and public benefits rights of immigrants. The Center conducts policy analysis and impact litigation and provides publications, technical advice, and trainings to a broad constituency of legal aid agencies, community groups, and pro bono attorneys.

National Immigration Forum
The purpose of the National Immigration Forum is to embrace and uphold America’s tradition as a nation of immigrants. Employing an effective combination of advocacy, media work, targeted research, and public education, the Forum provides accurate, reliable data to our nation’s policymakers, the press, and the public about the invaluable contributions of newcomers to our multi-ethnic society.

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR)
NNIRR is a national organization composed of local coalitions and immigrant, refugee, community, religious, civil rights and labor organizations and activists. It serves as a forum to share information and analysis, to educate communities and the general public, and to develop and coordinate plans of action on important immigrant and refugee issues.

The National Partnership for New Americans
The National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) is a national partnership of 29 regional immigrant rights organizations who provide large-scale services for their communities and work to advance local and state policy.

Not One More
#NotOneMore is a campaign made up of individuals, organizations, artists, and allies to expose, confront, and overcome unjust immigration laws.

PICO National Network
PICO is a national network of faith-based community organizations working to create innovative solutions to problems facing urban, suburban and rural communities.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)
TRAC is a data gathering, data research and data distribution organization at Syracuse University. It is a source for comprehensive, independent and nonpartisan information about U.S. federal immigration enforcement.

United We Dream
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. Its nonpartisan network is made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. UWD organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.

Washington State Defenders Association
In recognition of the severe immigration consequences facing noncitizen defendants accused and convicted of crimes, the Washington Defender Association established the Immigration Project in 1999. The mission of WDA’s Immigration Project is to defend and advance the rights of noncitizens within the criminal justice system, noncitizens facing the immigration consequences of crimes, and noncitizens facing the detrimental impacts of selective state and federal enforcement policies post-9/11. 

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Domestic Violence and Immigrants

ASISTA seeks to enhance the security, independence, and full participation in society of immigrant and refugee survivors of gender-based violence by promoting integrated holistic approaches and educating those whose actions and attitudes affect women who experience violence. It provides comprehensive, cutting edge technical assistance and resources to those assisting non-citizen survivors of violence in the immigration law arena and trains lawyers, domestic violence and sexual assault advocates, law enforcement personnel, and civil and criminal court judges. 

Battered Women's Justice Project (BWJP)
Part of the Domestic Violence Resource Network, BWJP is a federal Office on Violence Against Women–funded technical assistance center on domestic violence. The Project offers training, technical assistance, and consultation on the most promising practices of the criminal justice system in addressing domestic violence. The BWJP website contains a searchable resource database for attorneys, judges, and other justice system personnel dealing with domestic violence cases including immigration (such as a recently published toolkit that provides guidance on domestic violence and immigration). 

Casa de Esperanza
Casa de Esperanza is a national Latina organization whose mission is to mobilize Latinas and Latin@ communities to end domestic violence. Casa de Esperanza also directs the National Latin@Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a network of individuals and organizations interested in ending domestic violence and promoting the health and well-being of Latin@ communities.

Futures Without Violence (FWV)
Futures Without Violence is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the elimination (prevention) of domestic violence. The goal of FWV is to create a society where domestic violence is not acceptable, tolerated, or excused. To achieve this goal, FVPF is committed to mobilizing concerned individuals, allied professionals, women’s rights, civil rights, and other social justice organizations, and children’s groups to join the campaign to end domestic violence against all women and children through public education/prevention campaigns, public policy reform, model training, advocacy programs, and organizing.


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Human Rights

Amnesty International
Amnesty International is a worldwide campaigning movement that works to promote all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards.

Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
The Washington College of Law (WCL) has a long commitment to human rights and to the rule of law internationally. Established in 1990, the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law serves to coordinate many of WCL’s human rights efforts.

Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. HRW stands with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice. HRW investigates and exposes human rights violations and holds abusers accountable. HRW challenges governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law. HRW enlists the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all.

Index on Censorship
Index on Censorship, the bimonthly magazine for free speech, widens the debate on freedom of expression with some of the world’s best writers. Through interviews, reportage, banned literature, and polemic, Index shows how free speech affects the issues of the moment.

International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission
Every day, in countries throughout the world, the fundamental human rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgendered people, and people with HIV and AIDS are violated. These abuses include: murder; incarceration; forced psychiatric "treatment"; torture; arbitrary arrest and detention; denial of the freedoms of association, press, and movement; denial of the right to seek refuge/asylum; immigration restrictions; forced marriage; the revocation of parental rights; and numerous other forms of discrimination. IGLHRC’s mission is to protect and advance the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.

Library of Congress - Country Studies/Area Handbook Program
This website contains the online versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Army. At present, 101 countries and regions are covered.

University of Minnesota Human Rights Library
Links to more than 6500 human rights documents and materials.

World Organization for Human Rights USA
The World Organization for Human Rights USA is a nonprofit human rights monitoring, reporting, and advocacy group, and a U.S. affiliate of the international World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), a worldwide network of over 200 human rights organizations, each focusing attention on their own government’s compliance with international human rights standards, and a member of the SOS Torture Network, an electronic information clearinghouse circulating case alerts involving major torture-related abuses worldwide.

Resource Center of the Americas
The Resource Center of the Americas, the Minneapolis-based non-profit publisher of AMERICAS.ORG, is devoted to the notion that every person in this world is entitled to the same fundamental human rights. Our starting point for promoting these rights is learning and teaching about the peoples and countries of the Americas—their history, culture, and politics. We focus especially on the global economy, a system in which a minority flourishes while millions of people lack adequate food, shelter, and employment.

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U.S. Government

Department of Homeland Security

Executive Office for Immigration Review

Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs

Department of State - Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

THOMAS -- U.S. Congress Legislative Information

Government Printing Office - Superintendent of Documents

FedWorld Information Network


Ethnomed is a website containing medical and cultural information on immigrant and refugee groups.

International Association of Democratic Lawyers
Since IADL’s founding in 1946 in Paris, IADL members have participated in the struggles that have made the violation of human rights of groups and individuals and threats to international peace and security legal issues under international law. From its inception, IADL members throughout the world have protested racism, colonialism, and economic and political injustice wherever they interfere with legal and human rights, often at the cost of these jurists’ personal safety and economic well being.

Migration News
The purpose of Migration News is to provide a monthly summary of recent immigration developments that can be read in sixty minutes or less. Many issues also contain summaries and reviews of recent research publications.

National Center for Health Statistics: How to Obtain U.S. Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Certificates

Public Counsel
Public Counsel is the largest pro bono law office in the nation. It is the public interest law firm of the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations, as well as the Southern California affiliate of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

The Impact Fund
The Impact Fund is the only foundation dedicated to providing funding and technical assistance and representation for complex public interest litigation in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and poverty law.

"UE" is the abbreviation for United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, a democratic national union representing some 35,000 workers in a wide variety of manufacturing, public sector, and private non-profit sector jobs. UE is an independent union (not affiliated with the AFL-CIO) proud of its democratic structure and progressive policies.

Federal Courts Finder (Emory Law Library)

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National Immigration Project - Links and Resources
© Photo by Fred Askew

Workers watch as supporters of fair immigration policy pass by.

New York City May 20, 2006