If you need to find more information about the topics discussed in this issue of the Nonprofit Quarterly, there are many places to tap—in addition to the organizations and networks mentioned in the various articles here on community development, asset-building, health, employment, and immigration reform. Here is a baker’s dozen of good organizations to contact if you want to learn more about serving, advocating for, and promoting immigration reform.
Migration Policy Institute
1400 16th St NW, Ste 300, Washington, DC 20036, 202-266-1940
A nonpartisan think tank that publishes studies and analysis of immigration Offers a large number of studies on immigrants’ economic conditions, effects of welfare reform on immigrants, and immigrant experiences with the criminal justice system.
National Immigration Law Center
3435 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2850, Los Angeles, CA 90010, 213/639-3900
Serves low-income immigrants and their families through impact litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, coalition building, and community support.
National Immigration Forum
220 I St. NE, Suite 220, Washington, DC 20002, 202/544-0004
Provides information to policy makers, media and the public about the benefits of immigration and multiculturalism. Produces a variety of publications and resources including Immigration Policy Handbook.
American Immigration Lawyers Association
918 F St. NW, Washington DC 20004, 202/216-2400
A national bar association including 7,200 lawyers and law professors who specialize in immigration law. Provides its members with continuing legal education, information, professional services, and expertise through chapters, national committees and publications including its monthly journal, AILA’s Immigration Law Today.
Seeks to promote better understanding of immigration law and policy through education, policy analysis, and assistance to attorneys. Documents contributions of immigrant communities, generate curriculum for public education, and an Exchange Visitor Program which matches small to midsize businesses with foreign workers to train international personnel.
Pew Hispanic Center
1615 L Street, NW Suite 700 Washington, DC 20036-5610, 202.419.3600
The Pew Hispanic Center is a project of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan “fact tank” that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It is supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts.
National Council of La Raza
1111 19th St. NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036, 202/785-1670
Premier Latino rights organization. Does policy analysis on the national level. Provides capacity building support for Latino community-based organizations. Calls for nondiscriminatory immigration policies at the borders and within the United States. Monitors access and efficiency of naturalization process. Supports migrant and seasonal farmworkers through the Farmer Justice Fund, Inc.
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
310 8th St., Suite 307, Oakland, CA 94607, 510/465-1984
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A network of over 200 immigrant, labor, and civil rights groups. Promotes a broader notion of social justice based on racial equality, economic justice, and human rights. Current campaigns include Migrant Rights are Human Rights and Campaign to End INS Raids. Publishes Network News.
A national network of more than 175 foundation staff and trustees representing 115 foundations. Seeks to promote awareness and understanding among grantmakers about national and international migration trends, public policies and other issues affecting immigrants and refugees. Also seeks to increase financial support for projects and activities benefiting immigrant and refugee communities by highlighting these issues. Publishes biannually The New Americans.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service / Detention Watch Network
700 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21230, 410/230-2700
Founded in 1939, has resettled 280,000 refugees and advocated on their behalf. Has programs in resettling unaccompanied refugee children and advocating for the rights of detained asylum seekers. Newsletters include FYI, Detention Watch Network News and RefugeeWorks.
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
The McCormick Pavilion, 415 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20017, 202/635-2556
Provides legal and nonlegal support though its legal immigration program. Works to strengthen the network of Catholic organizations providing immigration services. Subsidiary of the United States Catholic Conference.
The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for more than 200 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees. As the coordinating body for organizations that serve one of the largest and most diverse newcomer populations in the United States, the NYIC has become a leading advocate for immigrant communities on the local, state, and national levels.
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
2000 L Street, NW, Suite 610, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 833-6130
The LULAC mission is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States. Believes the nation needs an effective and practical immigration system that will reflect the best of America’s values.
It should be no surprise to know that not everyone agrees on immigration reform. There are some very active groups on the national scene opposing some of the themes of immigration reform that are reflected in this issue of the Quarterly. For more information on what the immigration reform opponents, or perhaps more correctly, the advocates for restricting immigration and often penalizing individuals and families in this nation without full documentation, have to say, these two organizations provide comprehensive information on that political line.
A national, nonprofit, public-interest, membership organization of concerned citizens who share a common belief that our nation’s immigration policies must be reformed to serve the national interest. FAIR seeks to improve border security, to stop illegal immigration, and to promote immigration levels consistent with the national interest—more traditional rates of about 300,000 a year. FAIR is concerned that immigration should not undermine wage and job opportunities for America’s own poor and that illegal immigration should be ended through improved enforcement of immigration laws plus new technology
The Center says that it is pro-immigrant, wants fewer immigrants admitted to the U.S., but with a warmer welcome. It publishes backgrounders and reports on topics such opposing “amnesty”, job creation for “illegals” in the economic stimulus program, and the potential of a “northward flood of Mexicans”