National Pro-Immigrant Organizations


The following list is not by any means exhaustive. For local and regional groups you may also want to see the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights website:



815 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20006, 202/637-5000,

Rescinded support of restrictive 1996 immigration legislation in February, 2000.  Opposes guest worker programs that deny equal rights.  Actively organizes and represents both documented and undocumented immigrants.  Opposes employer sanctions.  Opposes I-9s, citizenship certification which employers can use to exploit undocumented workers.


American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

4201 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20008, 202/244-2990,

Formed in 1980 to combat anti-Arab prejudice and promote the Arab culture.  Provides legal advice and action alerts for immigrant rights.  Supporter of  “Fix ‘96”.  Especially concerned with U.S. stereotypes of Arabs and the effects on immigrants’ First Amendment rights.


American Civil Liberties Union—Immigrants’ Rights Freedom Network

125 Broad St., 18th Floor, New York, NY 10004-2400, 212/344-3005,

Has projects on Expedited Removal, Judicial Review, Mandatory Detention, and Workers' Rights, with special emphasis on immigrant rights as protected by the fifth and fourteenth amendments.  Supports immigrants through advocacy, education and litigation.  Litigated three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court that ended indefinite detention of immigrants whose home countries refuse to take them, ended the retroactive application of deportation laws and reinstated the right of judicial review in deportation cases.  Publishes “Know your Rights” pamphlets in English, Spanish and Arabic.  Coalition member of “Fix ‘96.”


American Friends Service Committee

1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102, 215/241-7000,

A Quaker organization open to people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service.  Local offices house a variety of programs dealing with immigrant rights, including the Des Moines, Iowa and Newark, NJ Immigrant Rights Projects, the Houston Immigration Law Enforcement Monitoring Project, the Arizona Border Rights Project and the San Diego U.S.-Mexico Border Program.  For a complete list see 


American Immigration Law Foundation

918 F St. NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20004, 202/742-5600,

Seeks to promote better understanding of immigration law and policy through education, policy analysis, and assistance to attorneys.  Does impact litigation.  Has an American Heritage Project which documents contributions of immigrant communities, a public education project which creates curriculum material, and an Exchange Visitor Program which matches small to midsize businesses with foreign workers to train international personnel. 


 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.


Asian American Legal and Defense Education Fund

99 Hudson St., 12th Floor, New York, NY 10013, 212/966-5932,

Created to promote economic and political rights of Asian Americans.  Does advocacy work through litigation and education on various issues including bilingual services, immigrant rights and sweatshop eradication.  Won political asylum for Chinese immigrants on board the Golden Venture freight, grounded in New York in 1993. Member of the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium with the Asian Pacific American Legal Center.


Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO

815 16th St., NW, Washington, DC 20006, 202/842-1263,

The only national organization of Asian Pacific American union members. It organizes and works with Asian Pacific American workers, including many immigrants, to build a labor movement and address exploitative conditions in the garment, electronics, hotel and restaurant, food processing, and health care industries.  Has launched a national "Campaign for Worker Justice" to end sweatshops and hate crimes, to protect the right to unionize and to a living wage, and to guarantee the rights of immigrants in general.


Border Information and Outreach Service

Box 2178, Silver City, NM 88062, 505/388-0208,

A project of the Interhemispheric Resource Center.  Provides information and analysis on the U.S.-Mexico border and border policies shaping U.S.-Mexico relations in order to resolve regional problems and achieve social justice.  Produces a variety of publications including the periodical, Borderlines.


Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law

256 S. Occidental Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90057, 213/388-8693,

A nonprofit, public interest legal foundation dedicated to furthering and protecting the civil, constitutional, and human rights of immigrants, refugees, indigenous peoples, children, and the poor.


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 Clearinghouse for Immigrant Education

National Coalition of Advocates for Students,100 Boylston St., Suite 737, Boston, MA 02116, 617/357-8507,

A database and networking service that facilitates public access to literature, research, and reform strategies on effective education tactics for students who are immigrants. Offers customized searches of its database and free reviews of the collection on selected topics. Is available to assist schools, parents, advocates, students, and others who support the scholastic success of immigrant students and who are working to build a multicultural U.S. society.


Equal Rights Advocates

1663 Mission St., Suite 250, San Francisco, CA, 94103, 415/621-0672,

A feminist organization that specializes in legal and advocacy work.  Works to expand the rights of immigrant women and low-income women.  Works with high-tech assembly and garment sweatshop workers to gain fair pay and safe working conditions.  Publications include From War on Poverty to War on Welfare: The Impact of Welfare Reform on the Lives of Immigrant Women and The Broken Promise: Welfare Reform Two Years Later.


Farmworker Justice Fund

1010 Vermont Ave. NW, Suite 915, Washington, DC 20005, 202/783-2628,

Twenty-year-old organization dedicated to advocacy, legislative, and legal work to protect the rights of seasonal and migrant farmworkers. Focuses primarily on wages and working conditions, immigration policy and welfare reform issues, women's issues, occupational safety and health and access to the justice system.  A subsidiary of National Council of La Raza.


Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees,

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.


Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

333 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10001-5004, 212/967 4100,

Advocates on behalf of migrants and refugees at the international, national and community levels.  Provides advice and counseling, political advocacy, and legal representation.  Has resettled millions of Jews from around the world.


Immigrant Legal Resource Center 

1663 Mission St., Suite 602, San Francisco, CA 94103, 415/255-9499,

Offer consultation, training workshops and seminars, and educational curricula on immigration issues to probono attorneys and nonprofit agencies serving immigrants. Also offer litigation support in select cases.


Immigrants Support Network

PO Box 177, Budd Lake, NJ 07828, 847/566 9964,

Represents foreign workers, primarily on high-tech (H1-B) visas, attempting to gain permanent residency through their employment.  Founded and operated by immigrants. Works in both legislative and legal fields to reduce the paperwork, waiting period, and restrictions that workers face when attempting to gain employment and residency in the United States. 


Institute for Policy Studies

733 15th St NW, Suite 1020, Washington, DC 20005, 202/234-9382,

Multi-issue progressive policy think tank.  Sponsors the Campaign for Migrant Domestic Worker Rights—a coalition supporting domestic workers employed under special service worker visas by international bureaucrats and diplomats.  Focuses publicity on workers’ conditions.  Provides legal aid and other resources.


International Center for Migration, Ethnicity, and Citizenship

Graduate Faculty, New School University, 65 Fifth Ave., Room 230, New York, NY 10003, 212/229-5399,

Founded in 1993 and based at the New School University, engages in scholarly research and public policy analysis on international migration, refugees, and the incorporation of newcomers.  Encourages dialog between academics, professionals, members of NGOs, and public officials on issues related to migration and societal adaptation.


International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

1360 Mission St., Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94103, 415/255-8680,

Seeks to protect and advance the human rights of all people and social groups subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.  Manages an Asylum Program that provides documentation and legal support services to asylum seekers and their advocates.  Pressures international government organizations and human rights groups to closely monitor and report on rights violations of sexual minorities and people with HIV.


Lawyers Committee for Human Rights

333 Seventh Ave., 13th Floor, New York, NY 10001, 212/845-5200,

Extensive international network that protects the rights of workers and asylum seekers in the United States and abroad.  Supports extension and enforcement of labor laws worldwide.  


Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Taskforce

230 Park Ave., Suite 904, New York, NY 10169, 212/714-2904,

Supports gay, lesbian, bisexual asylum seekers, binational same-sex couples, and immigrants with HIV.  Offers hotline, publications, a quarterly journal, referral services, consultation, and speakers.  Extensive up-to-date information on immigration law.


Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

700 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21230, 410/230-2700,

Founded in 1939, has resettled 280,000 refugees and advocated on their behalf.  Maintains that all immigrants have the right to “a whole chance at life.” 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.


Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

634 South Spring St., 11th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213/629-2512,

Founded in 1968, is a leading nonprofit Latino litigation, advocacy and educational outreach institution.  Seeks to foster sound public policies, laws and programs to safeguard the civil rights of Latinos.  Has an Immigrant’s Rights Program.


National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium

1140 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20036, 202/296-2300

Established in 1991.  Works to advance the legal and civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans through litigation, public education and public policy.  Focuses its expertise on anti-Asian violence prevention, voting rights, immigration, naturalization, affirmative action, language rights and the census.


The National Association for Bilingual Education

1030 15th St. NW, Suite 470, Washington, DC 20005-1503, 202/898-1829,

The only national professional organization devoted to representing the interests of language-minority students and bilingual education professionals. Works to improve instructional practice, expand professional development programs for teachers, secure funding for these programs on the federal level, and defend the rights of language-minority Americans as communities move forward with educational reforms.


National Center for Farmworker Health

1770 FM 967, Buda, TX 78610, 512/312-2700,

A multifaceted organization dedicated to improving the health of the farmworkers.  Works to establish rehabilitation services for migrant and seasonal workers.  Operates Call for Health, a toll-free hotline that directs migrant workers to the nearest available medical services.


National Center for Human Rights Education

PO Box 311020, Atlanta, GA 31131-1020, 404/344-9629,

A social justice organization that focuses on human rights issues in the United States. Advocates for the effectiveness of using a human rights model for social, racial and economic justice. Fights for immigrant worker rights, the rights of migrant women, and extension of human rights to all immigrants.  Operates as both a training and resource center for social justice activists.


National Clearinghouse On Agricultural Guest Worker Issues

Clearinghouse on H-2A agricultural guest worker legislation and policies. Materials include bills pending in Congress and related materials such as opposition letters, contact information for Congress members and news articles.


National Coalition for Dignity and Amnesty of Undocumented Immigrants

c/o Asociacion Tepeyac de New York, 251 W 14th St., NY 10011, 212/633 7108,

A coalition of 300 organizations from 25 states working for legalization of undocumented immigrants.  They have presented or support various proposals, which do not include a guest worker program, for legalizing immigrants.


National Coalition for Haitian Rights

275 7th Ave. 17th Floor, New York, NY 10001, 212/337-0005,

Founded in 1982 to ensure fair hearings for Haitian asylum applicants in the United States through litigation, education and advocacy.  Also works to increase the political effectiveness of the Haitian-American community and to support human rights in Haiti.


National Council of La Raza 

1111 19th St. NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036, 202/785-1670,

Premier Latino rights organization. Does policy analysis and advocacy 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.  Opposes guest worker programs and supports migrant and seasonal farmworkers through the Farmer Justice Fund, Inc.


The National Farm Worker Ministry

438 N. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63130, 314/726-6470,

A church-based movement to support farmworkers as they organize to achieve equality, freedom, and justice. Formed in 1971 to meet the farmworkers' needs for church support in their struggles.  Currently works with several farmworker unions and organizations including FLOC and UFW.  Operates one of the only emergency assistance program for migrants who have lost jobs and living spaces due to natural disasters.   


 National Federation of Filipino American Associations

1444 N St. NW, Washington, DC 20005, 202/986-9330,

Seeks to build a national organization for Filipino Americans that will be recognized by Washington policy makers, private industry and other advocacy groups.  Offers trainings in entreprenurial skills and political leadership.  Awards scholarships, conducts policy studies and assists in community development.


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.  Works to affect public policy, unify families, and encourage naturalization. Produces a variety of publications and resources including Immigration Policy Handbook.  Participated in the “Fix ‘96” campaign.


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 Project of the National Lawyers Guild

14 Beacon St., Suite 602, Boston, MA 02108, 617/227-9727,

A network of law students, immigration lawyers, jailhouse lawyers, and legal advocates.  Seeks to ensure political, social and economic equality for immigrants.  Provides technical assistance and advice to lawyers and community groups, participates in impact litigation and development of new legal strategies, and produces publications.  Focus areas include immigrant women, border violence, HIV and immigrants, children in detention, incarcerated noncitizen defendants, ideological visa denials, and INS raids.


National Korean American Service and Education Consortium

50-16 Parsons Blvd., Flushing, NY 11355, 718/445-3939,

Seeks to empower and improve the lives of Korean Americans through grassroots organizing, advocacy, public education, and coalition building with other communities.  Assists those providing social services, especially to underserved communities, and promotes Korean culture as part of a multicultural country.


National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

310 8th St., Suite 307, Oakland, CA 94607, 510/465-1984,

A network of over 200 immigrant, labor, and civil rights groups.  Envisions and promotes a broader notion of social justice based on racial equality, economic justice, and human rights.  Has opposed guest worker programs that do not lead to legalization and employer sanctions. Current campaigns include Migrant Rights are Human Rights and Campaign to End INS Raids.  Publishes Network News.


Office of Migration and Refugee Services 

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 3211 4th St. NE, Washington, DC 20017-1194, 202/541-3000,

Promotes pro-immigration and pro-immigrant legislation from a Catholic perspective.  Seeks to assist the resettlement of refugees, to promote fair immigration and refugee policies, and to expand the capabilities of local churches to welcome immigrants and refugees.   Publishes National Migration Week.


Organization of Chinese Americans

1001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 601, Washington DC 20036, 202/223-5500,

Dedicated to securing the rights of Chinese-American and Asian-American citizens and permanent residents through legislative and policy initiatives at all levels of the government.


Service Employees International Union

1313 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20005,

Large union organization representing many immigrants, among others. Has campaigns defending the labor rights of janitors (through its Justice for Janitors campaign), nursing home workers, and hospital workers.


Southeast Asia Research Action Center 

1628 16th St. NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20009, 202/667-4690

Founded in 1979 to facilitate the relocation of Southeast Asian refugees into American society.  Seeks to advance the interests of Southeast Asian Americans by promoting community empowerment and leadership development through advocacy, coalition building, and support to community organizations.


Sweatshop Watch

310 Eighth St., Suite 309, Oakland, CA 94607, 510/834-8990,

A coalition of labor, community, civil rights, immigrant rights, women's, religious and student organizations and individuals seeking to eliminate sweatshop conditions in the global garment industry.  Advocates for a living wage along with safe and decent working conditions.  Seeks to hold accountable those who benefit the most from this exploitation.


Tomás Rivera Policy Institute

1050 North Mills Ave., Pitzer College, Scott Hall, Claremont, CA 91711-6101, 909/621-8897,

A nonprofit, policy research organization that provides information and analysis on the U.S. Latino population. Affiliated with the Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, and the University of Texas at Austin.  Publications include a range of studies and resources on immigrant communities.


Unite Union!

1710 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, 212/265-7000,

Formed after the merger of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) and the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) in 1995.  Supports legalization of all undocumented workers.  Opposes immigrant welfare restrictions, criminal deportation laws and employer sanctions.


United Farm Workers

PO Box 62, Keene, CA 93531, 661/823-6252,

First union to reach contract agreement between farmworkers and agricultural industry, Supports the legalization of all undocumented immigrants.  Petitions for the rights of all farmworkers, regardless of citizenship status.  Acts as a major force in union labor politics. 


The Urban Institute

2100 M St. NW, Washington, DC 20037, 202/833-7200,

A nonpartisan think tank that publishes studies and analysis of immigration in the United States.  Offers a number of studies on immigrants’ economic conditions, effects of welfare reform on immigrants, and immigrant experiences with the criminal justice system.


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