I’ve been doing some research and gathering feedback on which designs people are interested in for the Fall 2017 collection and which nonprofits for pro immigration reform they’d be proud to support.
I have studied, lived, and worked in Washington DC for the past 11 years now and daaaaaaamn has it gone by in a blink of an eye.
While I’ve been researching organizations that champion legal representation, education, healthcare access and civil rights for undocumented low-income immigrants across the nation, I’d like to start with local organizations.
Before I list the few I’ve looked into thus far, I’ll admit that I’m biased to start with CASA de Maryland because it’s the one that one of my friends, Luisa, worked at when we were housemates about three years ago. I’ve also done small pro-bono work for AIJ in the past.
To create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in low-income immigrant communities.
National Immigration Forum
The National Immigration Forum convenes a broad constituency from across the country in constructive conversation and dedicated work to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.
Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition
The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition strives to ensure equal justice for all immigrant men, women, and children at risk of detention and deportation in the DC metropolitan area and beyond through direct legal representation, know your rights presentations, impact and advocacy work, and the training of attorneys defending immigrants in the immigration and criminal justice arenas.
Ayuda envisions a community where all immigrants overcome obstacles in order to succeed and thrive in the United States. We realize our vision by advocating for low-income immigrants through direct legal, social and language services, training and outreach in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.
Americans for Immigrant Justice
To protect and promote the basic human rights of immigrants through a unique combination of free direct services, impact litigation, policy reform, and public education at local, state, and national levels.
Council on American-Islamic Relations
CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
National Immigration Law Center
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 immigrants with low income.
At NILC, we believe that all people who live in the U.S. 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 we play a major leadership role in addressing the real-life impact of policies that affect the ability of low-income immigrants to prosper and thrive.
Native American Rights Fund
NARF’s practice is concentrated in five areas: preserve tribal existence; protect tribal natural resources; promote Native American human rights; hold governments accountable to Native Americans; and develop Indian law and educate the public about Indian rights, laws, and issues.
Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights
The mission of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is 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.
The Young Center is a champion for the best interests of children who arrive in the United States on their own, from all corners of the world. We serve as trusted allies for these children by accompanying them through court proceedings, advocating for their best interests, and standing for the creation of a dedicated juvenile immigrant justice system that ensures the safety and well-being of every child.
Position Statement: Every young immigrant deserves to be safe. Young children who flee violence, abuse and poverty need an advocate, not an adversary. The Young Center is their champion in an immigration system that is not designed to treat children as children. We help assure that their needs are put foremost and their best interests take priority. They’ve taken the first step to improve their futures, and we step in, with their assent, to help them move forward.