Helping Immigrants in America

Statue of Liberty? by jordi.martorell via flickr

Statue of Liberty? by jordi.martorell via flickr

Are you looking for a way to support immigrants in the United States? Here are some organizations doing good work to advocate for and represent immigrants around the country.

To add suggestions (or corrections) to this list, please contact us and include the link, a brief description, and the location(s).

ACLU National, ACLU Regional Center for Border Rights (New Mexico), ACLU Southern California

American Gateways – Central Texas nonprofit that serves refugees and immigrant survivors of persecution, torture, conflict, and human trafficking through exceptional immigration legal services at no or low cost, education, and advocacy.

American Immigration Council – Washington, D.C. based national organization that does rapid-fire policy and legal research, litigation, and provides support to immigration attorneys around the country.*

Catholic Charities – Find your local branch here. Catholic Charities welcomes refugees and immigrants, and member agencies help them get settled in their new homes and communities.

CAIR Coalition – Washington, D.C. area immigrant services and rights organization.

CARA Pro Bono Family Detention Project – Collaboration between CLINIC, AIC, RAICES, and AILA to provide free legal representation to women and children detained in family detention centers.

Central American Legal Assistance (CALA) – provides free or low-cost legal services to New York’s immigrant community. Our mission is to protect and defend Central and South American asylum-seekers and to expand the civil rights of all immigrants.

CLINIC – Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. provides immigration advocacy and training, with national offices in the DC Metro Area.

Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project – Los Angeles based immigrant rights and services organization that works to educate, defend, and advocate for immigrants as they navigate the complex immigration system.

Greater Boston Legal Services – Boston legal services group that provides direct services and advocacy for immigrants.

HIAS – New York & Washington, D.C. organization that advocates for the protection of refugees and assure that displaced people are treated with the dignity they deserve.

Hogar Immigrant Services, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia – Seeks to “welcome the stranger” by providing direct legal representation to immigrants, naturalization workshops, and English and citizenship classes in a variety of locations throughout northern Virginia.**

Human Rights First – National human rights organization with offices in Washington D.C., New York, and Houston that works on many human rights issues, including refugees and asylum seekers.

Human Rights Initiative – Dallas based non-profit assisting survivors of violence from all over the world.

Immigrant Defenders Law Center –  Los Angeles based social justice law firm that defends our immigrant communities against systemic injustices in the legal system.

Immigration Equality – New York City and D.C. based organization that provides direct services and advocacy on behalf of LGBT asylum seekers.

Irish International Immigrant Center – Boston immigration services provider, serves non Irish immigrants as well as having a robust J-1 visa program for Irish students.

Justice for our Neighbors – Virginia based Methodist ministry that welcomes immigrants by providing affordable, high-quality immigration legal services to low-income immigrants, engaging in advocacy for immigrant rights, and offering education to communities of faith and to the public.

KIND – Locations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle, WA. KIND represents unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings.

Legal Aid Society – New York City based nonprofit that whose immigration unit provides deportation/removal defense, family based petitions, VAWA self petitions, appeals, and other immigration related direct services.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) – National organization with locations in Baltimore and D.C. that supports refugees, children, and migrants.

Make the Road New York – New York City based organization that focuses on community organization, legal support and adult education of Latino, working class, and immigrant communities.

National Immigration Forum – Washington D.C. advocacy organization whose mission is to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.

National Immigration Law Center – Locations in D.C., Los Angeles, and Berkeley, CA. Focuses on impact litigation, policy & advocacy, and strategic communications.

National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild – Boston based national non-profit that provides legal assistance and technical support to immigrant communities, legal practitioners, and advocates working to advance the rights of noncitizens.

National Immigrant Justice Center – Locations in Chicago, Indiana, and Washington, D.C. NIJC provides direct legal services to and advocates for these populations through policy reform, impact litigation, and public education.

New York Immigration Coalition – NYIC is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees.

Northwest Immigrant Right’s Project – Washington based promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education.

PAIR Project – Boston organization that works to secure safety and freedom for asylum-seekers who have fled from persecution throughout the world and to promote the rights of immigrants unjustly detained.

Pennsylvania Immigrant Resource Center – PIRC provides free, effective legal representation, legal services, education and advocacy to help immigrants obtain or protect their legal status.

Public Counsel – California based not-for-profit law firm that works to protect the legal rights of disadvantaged children; representing immigrants who have been the victims of torture, persecution, domestic violence, trafficking, and other crimes; and fostering economic justice by providing individuals and institutions in underserved communities with access to quality legal representation.

RAICES – with offices in San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, and Fort Worth, Texas, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services provides counsel and representation in a full range of defenses against deportation.

Tahirih Justice Center – D.C. metro, Baltimore, and Houston based advocacy and direct services organization that focuses on the serving victims of gender-based violence (including immigrants).

United We Dream – National organization representing and advocating for DACA recipients (DREAMers).

YMCA of Houston – Provides immigration services to Houston, Texas.

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights – National organization with multiple locations that works to promote the best interests of unaccompanied immigrant children with due regard to the child’s expressed wishes, according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and state and federal law.

* Amy Grenier (co-editor) and Paul McDaniel (contributor) are former employees of the American Immigration Council.

** Stacy Jones (contributor) is currently employed by Hogar Immigrant Services.

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