Immigrant Advocacy Local & Statewide Advocacy

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The 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 on a larger scale.
On the federal level, we work for comprehensive immigration reform that recognizes the
contributions of immigrants and honors our tradition as a nation of immigrants.
On the state level, we educate our communities and elected officials regarding the importance
of Virginia’s immigrants – both documented and undocumented – to Virginia’s economy.
On the local level, we work to build and preserve a relationship of trust between local law
enforcement and our immigrant communities. Ill-considered enforcement of our broken federal
immigration laws by local police can destroy this trust and undermine community policing
efforts.

Resources

  • National Immigration Forum
    Advocates and builds public support for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees to the United States.
  • National Immigration Law Center
    NILC’s mission is to protect and promote the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.  NILC staff specialize in immigration law and the employment and public benefits rights of immigrants.
  • Farmworker Justice
    A nonprofit organization that seeks to empower 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
    Private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization focused on reducing poverty and discrimination, and improving opportunities, for Hispanic Americans.

Partners

  • Creciendo Juntos (Growing Together)
    An inter-agency and inter-community network for issues related to the Latino/Hispanic community in Charlottesville City, 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 wellbeing. CJ increases public awareness of critical issues by encouraging partnerships and leveraging resources. CJ serves the Central Virginia region.
  • National Capital Immigration Coalition (NCIC)
    The NCIC is a group of organizations that advocate, educate, and mobilize the immigrant community in the DC metro area toward citizenship and civic participation. NCIC will work for economic and social justice, to prevent the erosion of civil liberties and civil rights for all immigrants and enhance their quality of life.