Immigration

Organizations

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Amnesty International

In Their Own Words:

We work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. Currently the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization, we investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.

New York, NY
http://www.amnestyusa.org
Border Angels

In Their Own Words:

Border Angels is an all volunteer, non profit organisation that advocates for human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice with a special focus on issues related to issues related to the US-Mexican border. Border Angels engages in community education and awareness programs that include guided trips to the desert to place water along migrant crossing routes as well as to the border to learn about the history of US-Mexico border policy and experience the border fence firsthand.

MA
http://www.borderangels.org/
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

In Their Own Words:

CHIRLA’s mission is to achieve a just society fully inclusive of immigrants. CHIRLA organizes and serves individuals, institutions and coalitions to build power, transform public opinion, and change policies to achieve full human, civil and labor rights. Guided by the power, love, and vision of our community, CHIRLA embraces and drives progressive social change. CHIRLA was formed in response to the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 which made hiring undocumented workers illegal, thus creating a situation ripe for worker exploitation and abuse which have increased since that time.

Los Angeles, CA
http://www.chirla.org/
Colibrí Center For Human Rights

In Their Own Words:

The Colibrí Center for Human Rights is a family advocacy nonprofit based in Tucson, Arizona. We work with families, forensic scientists and humanitarians to end migrant death and related suffering on the U.S.-Mexico border. Our work approaches the crisis on the border through a human rights perspective.

MA
http://www.colibricenter.org/
Define American

In Their Own Words:

Define American is a nonprofit media and culture organization that uses the power of story to transcend politics and shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America.

MA
https://defineamerican.com.
Families for Freedom

In Their Own Words:

Founded in September 2002, Families for Freedom is a New York-based multi-ethnic human rights organization by and for families facing and fighting deportation. We are immigrant prisoners (detainees), former immigrant prisoners, their loved ones, or individuals at risk of deportation. We come from dozens of countries, across continents. FFF seeks to repeal the laws that are tearing apart our homes and neighborhoods; and to build the power of immigrant communities as communities of color, to provide a guiding voice in the growing movement for immigrant rights as human rights. FFF has evolved into an organizing center against deportation. We are source of support, education, and campaigns for directly affected families and communities — locally and nationally.

New York, NY
http://familiesforfreedom.org/
Green Valley – Sahuarita Samaritans

In Their Own Words:

The Green Valley-Sahuarita Samaritans is an organization comprising of people of conscience who offer humanitarian aid to migrants in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands.

Sahuarita, AZ
http://gvs-samaritans.org
Human Rights First

In Their Own Words:

Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. We believe American leadership is essential in the global struggle for human rights, so we press the U.S. government and private companies to respect human rights and the rule of law. When they fail, we step in to demand reform, accountability and justice. Around the world, we work where we can best harness American influence to secure core freedoms. We know it is not enough to expose and protest injustice, so we create the political environment and policy solutions necessary to ensure consistent respect for human rights. Whether we are protecting refugees, combating torture, or defending persecuted minorities, we focus not on making a point, but on making a difference. For more than 35 years, we’ve built bipartisan coalitions and teamed up with frontline activists and lawyers to tackle global challenges that demand American leadership.
Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York, Washington D.C. and Houston. To maintain our independence, we accept no government funding.

New York, NY
http://www.humanrightsfirst.org
ICE-Free NYC

In Their Own Words:

The ICE-FREE NYC campaign is comprised of New Yorkers of all backgrounds who want Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) presence completely out of our city, which means an end to ICE collaboration with all New York City agencies. We are individuals, families, community members and organizations working for safer neighborhoods and an immigration legacy all New Yorkers can be proud of. ICE-Free NYC’s current efforts are to educate the public and public officials about the current environment and share stories about how New Yorkers are affected by our city’s collaboration with ICE which is shattering lives, families and communities through racial profiling, detention and deportation.

New York, NY
http://www.icefreenyc.com
Kino Border Initiative

In Their Own Words:

The Kino Border Initiative (KBI) is a binational organization that works in the area of migration and is located in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. The KBI’s vision is to help make humane, just, workable migration between the U.S. and Mexico a reality. Its mission is to promote US/Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and a spirit of bi-national solidarity.

Nogales, AZ
https://kinoborderinitiative.org
Literacy Works

In Their Own Words:

Speaking English, reading, and writing are essential to daily pursuits and long-term goals.
Literacy Works’ builds a strong network of adult literacy programs, connects learners and tutors to opportunities, and empowers diverse organizations to effectively serve adults with low literacy.
We believe:
-Literacy is a basic human right
-Literacy supports the economic needs, civic participation, and creative aspirations of individuals and communities alike
-All adults bring vital knowledge, wisdom and life experience to their education
-When organizations, educators and learners collaborate, meaningful learning experiences result

Chicago, IL
http://www.litworks.org
MALDEF

In Their Own Words:

MALDEF strives to implement programs that are structured to bring Latinos into the mainstream of American political and socio-economic life; providing better educational opportunities; encouraging participation in all aspects of society; and offering a positive vision for the future.

Boston, MA
http://www.maldef.org/
Mariposas Sin Fronteras

In Their Own Words:

Mariposas Sin Fronteras is a Tucson, Arizona-based group that seeks to end the systemic violence and abuse of LGBTQ people held in prison and immigration detention. MSF provides solidarity to LGBTQ people in detention through visits, letters, bond fundraising, case support, advocacy and post-detention hospitality.

Tuscon, AZ
https://mariposassinfronteras.org
National Immigration Forum

In Their Own Words:

The National Immigration Forum is one of the leading immigrant advocacy organizations in the country, with a mission to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.

Washington, DC
http://immigrationforum.org/
National Immigration Law Center

In Their Own Words:

Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

At NILC, we believe that all people who live in the U.S.—regardless of their race, gender, immigration and/or economic status—should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Over the years, we’ve been at the forefront of many of the country’s greatest challenges when it comes to immigration issues, and play a major leadership role in addressing the real-life impact of polices that affect the ability of low-income immigrants to prosper and thrive.

Los Angeles, CA
https://www.nilc.org/
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