Immigrant Advocacy Program

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ImmigrantAdvocacy_378x250Virginia relies on immigrants to fill many of  the toughest, lowest-paying jobs in the commonwealth. The Immigrant Advocacy Program represents low-wage immigrant workers in court and administrative proceedings, counsels them about their rights under federal and state law to be paid for their work, recovers unpaid wages they have earned, and fights workplace discrimination. With a special focus on day laborers and migrant farmworkers, we seek to stop unjust employment practices and assist hard-working immigrants throughout Virginia who face discrimination and exploitation.

Since the Immigrant Advocacy Program’s creation in 1998, we have helped migrant farmworkers, day laborers and other low-wage immigrant workers win judgments and settlements representing many millions in wages they earned but were never paid.

Publications

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Fact Sheet (PDF) : English Español
    Details on the new deferred action program which temporarily protects people who came to the U.S. as children from deportation and allows them to apply for a work permit. Please also see our Powerpoint presentation intended to guide advocates through the application process.

Resources

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Powerpoint (PPT) : English Español
  • National Immigration Forum
    Advocates and builds public support for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees to the United States.
  • National Immigration Law Center
    Protects and promote the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members. NILC’s staff specializes in immigration law and the employment and public benefits rights of immigrants.
  • Farmworker Justice
    Empowers migrant and seasonal farmworkers to improve their living and working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety and access to justice.
  • National Council of La Raza
    Reduces poverty and discrimination, and promotes improving opportunities, for Hispanic Americans.
  • National Employment Law Project
    NELP’s Immigrant and Nonstandard Worker Project seeks to protect and promote employment rights of low-wage workers.
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia
    Uses lobbying, litigation and public education to promote civil liberties and civil rights in the state.
  • Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO)
  • An alliance among organizations in Virginia that serve or support the interests of the Latino/Hispanic community in order to empower the community and secure equal treatment, equal opportunity and equal representation for Latinos/Hispanics.
  • Creciendo Juntos (Growing Together)
    An interagency and intercommunity network for issues related to the Latino/Hispanic community in the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County and surrounding areas.
  • Colaborando Juntos (Working Together)
    An innovative network of government, nonprofit, faith, private and community volunteers who work with and for the Latino/Hispanic community and its well-being. CJ serves the Central Virginia region, working to increase public awareness of critical issues by encouraging partnerships and leveraging resources.

Partners

We host the listservs of the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO). If you are interested in joining these groups, contact IAP Legal Director Tim Freilich in our Charlottesville office.

The Immigrant Advocacy Program has received support from the Partnership For Equity of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Cafritz Foundation, Herb Block Foundation, Public Welfare Foundation, Washington Forrest Foundation, Arlington Community Foundation, Arlington County Bar Foundation, County of Arlington, County of Fairfax, City of Alexandria and many generous individuals.