State & National Immigration Policy Groups & Campaigns

Unless otherwise noted websites are in English only.

The American Civil Liberties Union’s website has an entire section on Immigrants’ Rights with materials and video including an overview. Subsections cover topics such as ICE and border patrol abuses, state and local law, etc. Among the ACLU’s resources are The Latest (updated daily making it good source for ongoing issues); Act, which emphasizes legislation and regular reports, such as, Freezing Out Justice: How immigration arrests at courthouses are undermining the justice system (2018, 10 pp).

American Friends Service Committee has research on militarization of the border, sanctuary, detention, and deportation. The AFSC’s four-part webinar series from 2018, Changing systems, changing ourselves: Anti-racist practice for sanctuary, accompaniment and resistance, explores the history of racial exclusion, undoing racism in today’s context, accompaniment, real case-studies, and practical skills around ICE/court accompaniment, sanctuary, and detention/prison visits.

American Immigration Council aims to positively shape how we think and acts towards immigrants and immigration. AIC works for a fairer and more just system that opens doors to those who need protection and unleashes the energy and skills that immigrants bring. AIC also provides advice and training to attorneys, hosts programs and writing contests, and publishes material on a wide range of immigration related topics. Nice infographic about NY immigrants.

Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) was formed to bring Black voices together to advocate for equality and justice in our laws and our communities. African Americans and black immigrants are stronger together and can win by becoming leaders in the fight against structural racism and systemic discrimination.

BAJI educates and engages African American and black immigrant communities to organize and advocate for racial, social and economic justice. Organizing committees in New York, Georgia, California, and Arizona build coalitions and initiate campaigns for racial justice, provide training and technical assistance, and work with faith communities to initiate dialogue.

Fair Immigration Reform Movement, a project of the Center for Community Change, works on a number of campaigns related to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), civic rights, prosecutorial discretion, the Flores Amendment, Temporary Protected Status, securing public services, rights under the Immigration and Nationality Act, and more.

Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) this New York City-based group is involved in litigation, legal training, advocacy, and community defense. IDP also has resources for lawyers, communities, and judges.

Here’s a sample of IDP’s materials: Community Responses to Stop the Deportation Dragnet and Emergency Preparedness. Most resources are available in Spanish, English, and other languages. For more from IDP see Helplines and Ways to Help.

Paul Kjelland, JustSeeds

Immigrant Legal Resource Center (San Francisco) Materials can be downloaded in eight languages, including Spanish and English. For instance, Know Your Rights and What Immigrant Families Should Do Now (2017, 2 pp) has practical tips on how to protect yourself during an immigration raid or other action and suggestions for planning for unfavorable actions by ICE or other immigration authorities.

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) has a national network of attorneys trained to represent unaccompanied children; social services coordinators who connect children– and caretakers – with medical and mental health care, educational opportunities, and crisis intervention; a family separation response team; reintegration support for children returning home alone from the U.S.; and public education and outreach. 

National Immigration Law Center (offices in Berkeley, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.) engages in litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, shapes messages and communications, conducts trainings, publishes educational materials, and provides legal counsel and strategic advice to support and strengthen other groups’ advocacy work. Education materials cover public charge, affidavits of support, rights, raids, demonstrating, and more.

New York Immigration Coalition offers information, resources, and training on a wide range of issues including a statewide policy agenda, civic participation, education, health, and more. Their free Know Your Rights Community Toolkit (16 pp) is available in 13 languages including Spanish and English. They also have one-page comics in Spanish, English, and French warning against common frauds perpetrated against immigrants. Substantial resources related to the Covid-19 pandemic, here.

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants aims to protect the rights and address the needs of forced and voluntary migrants worldwide. The website includes lots of resources and clear policy statements. The Albany field office provides a range of volunteer opportunities and services including help with housing, employment, interpretation, health and mental health, and legal issues.

United We Dream (UWD) is led by immigrant youth who develop their own campaigns to protect, defend, and secure access to education. The website has a range of guides, toolkits, and research reports, e.g., Mental Health in a Post-DACA Era, Immigration Relief Screening, and The Wall Between Undocumented Families and Health. More UWD material is in the Education section.