Immigrant Advocacy Program

Our Immigrant Advocacy program supports low-income immigrants in their efforts to find justice and fair treatment.  In addition to representing clients with individual legal issues, we promote systemic reforms to reduce the abuse and exploitation of immigrants, and advocate for state and local policies that promote integration and protect immigrants from aggressive immigration enforcement. 

We represent low-wage immigrants in legal proceedings, counsel them about their rights and help them take steps to empower themselves and prepare for the worst, recover unpaid wages they have earned, combat workplace and housing discrimination, and fight for their civil rights. 

We represent immigrants across Virginia, from the tomato fields of the Eastern Shore to restaurant kitchens in Charlottesville to luxury apartment construction sites in Arlington. Our work aims to end the mass detention and deportation of immigrants, with a special focus on child refugees fleeing violence and individuals and communities targeted for enforcement by overzealous federal immigration agents.

Beginning in 2017, we have expanded our efforts to serve the thousands of immigrant farmworkers living in isolated areas throughout Virginia.  We meet workers at the labor camps, mobile home parks and motels where those who pick, pack and process Virginia’s crops reside, sometimes for only a few months each year.  The degraded living and working conditions of many farmworkers would offend those who enjoy the food they produce through their toil. Physical isolation, language barriers and insecure immigration status make farmworkers particularly vulnerable to exploitation, through wage theft, labor trafficking and other offenses.


  • 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.


We host the listservs of the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO). If you are interested in joining these groups, contact Edgar Aranda-Yanoc, organizing coordinator in our Falls Church 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.

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