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The following organizations have developed outstanding legal services programs, materials and/or activities. We would like to add to this list organizations, national or local, which have come up with interesting solutions to resolve legal service problems and have Web-based information to share. If you think your organization should be featured, please send us your information.
American Bar Association Commission on Immigration Policy, Practice and Pro Bono
Directs the Bar Association's efforts to ensure fair and unbiased treatment, and full due process rights, for immigrants and refugees within the United States. The ABA runs a Web site dedicated to the issue of immigration fraud. Among other resources, this Web site contains a variety of legal resources and consumer education materials, and a national on-line referral system through which pro bono attorneys interested in bringing civil litigation against fraudulent notarios are connected with possible victims seeking legal relief.
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
AILA is the national association of attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. The AILA website offers a lawyer referral service, publications, and information on current immigration legislation.
American Immigration Council
Seeks to increase public understanding about our immigration law and policy. AIC conducts impact litigation and immigration policy research, and offers practice advisories and post 9/11 resources on its Web site.
American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee
Provides legal and policy information targeted to the Arab community.
Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC)
CLINIC provides a full range of legal and non-legal support services to Catholic Charities' and diocesan legal immigration programs. Its national programs support local Catholic entities either directly or by serving particularly vulnerable populations that local programs alone cannot.
Center for Gender and Refugee Studies
Has an extensive library on gender asylum law, including summaries of gender asylum cases; decisions by immigration judges, the BIA and U.S. federal courts; gender guidelines; international law; country condition memos; briefs; and scholarly articles.
Free or Low Cost Legal Service Providers
The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) lists organizations that provide pro bono (or nominal fee) legal services for immigrants and asylum seekers. Organizations are listed for nearly every state.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
ILRC staff attorneys provide onsite and telephone consultation, training workshops and seminars, and educational curricula on immigration issues to pro bono attorneys and nonprofit agencies serving immigrants throughout the United States. ILRC staff also offer litigation support in select cases.
Immigrants' Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU works to defend the civil and constitutional rights of immigrants through impact litigation and public education. The IRP files constitutional and class action lawsuits regarding judicial review, fair employment, unconstitutional detention practices, and biased asylum adjudication.
Legal Momentum Immigrant Women Program
Formerly the National Organization of Women, Legal Momentum provides technical assistance, training, and outreach materials for battered women's advocates, family lawyers, interpreters, social service, health care, law enforcement, and justice system personnel. This includes training, development, and distribution of educational materials and briefing papers, information on the provision of culturally sensitive services and ongoing legal advice on individual cases.
Legal Services Corporation
The LSC was established by Congress to ensure that low-income persons have access to the courts. The corporation provides grants to a network of programs that provide high quality legal assistance for those who cannot afford it. Its website provides information about LSC programs by state. Congress has placed restrictions on Legal Services as to which categories of immigrants may be served with LSC funding.
National Association of Judicial Interpreters and Translators
A non-profit organization dedicated to the furtherance of the court interpreting and legal translation profession. Offers training information as well as a directory of interpreters and translators working in over 110 languages.
National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
NILC is a national support center specializing 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 Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
Provides technical assistance, advice and resources to legal practitioners and community groups throughout the country. It sponsors seminars and produces publications on a variety of subjects to develop and improve legal and advocacy skills. It also participates in impact litigation and develops new legal strategies for advancing the rights of immigrants.
Political Asylum Research and Documentation Service
Offers a host of professional services from claim preparations to translations. Its Web site offers a list of the country's formost forensic and issue-specific experts, willing to contribute to asylum cases before immigration judges nationwide.
The Tahirih Justice Center
Specializes in legal services to and advocacy on behalf of immigrant and refugee women and girls fleeing gender-based persecution such as rape and incest, domestic violence, honor crimes, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, and persecution based on sexual orientation.
Women's Law Initiative
Offers general information, legal information, and links to other online resources for non-citizen women dealing with domestic violence. It also includes information on where you can find help in your community.