Mission: To work with immigrants, community-based organizations, and the legal sector to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people.
About the Organization: Founded in 1979 by law professor Bill Ong Hing, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center works to help immigration law professionals and advocates develop their expertise, educate immigrant communities to advocate for themselves, and shape immigration law and policy. To that end, ILRC provides legal training, technical assistance, policy updates, and educational materials to attorneys, nonprofit organizations, public defenders, and other immigration advocates, and engages in advocacy and civic engagement efforts designed to advance immigrant rights. The organization's areas of expertise include asylum, citizenship and naturalization, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), enforcement, family-based applications for permanent residency, and removal defense for those facing deportation.
Current Programs: ILRC's projects and initiatives include CitizenshipWorks, a collaboration with the Immigration Advocates Network and Pro Bono Net that helps immigrants apply for citizenship; the Defending Immigrants Partnership, which works with public defender offices and criminal defense organizations on behalf of non-citizens facing criminal charges; and the New Americans Campaign, a national network of legal-service providers, faith-based organizations, businesses, foundations, and community leaders. In addition, through its technical assistance program, ILRC offers expert legal assistance to legal professionals assisting immigrant clients, while its community resources include know-your-rights "Red Cards" designed to help individuals defend themselves against unconstitutional actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
ILRC's program in civic participation is focused on listening to the concerns of, providing up-to-date legal and policy information to, and supporting leadership development in immigrant communities. And the organization's policy advocacy work spans federal, state, and local levels, including, most recently, opposition to the nomination of Lee Francis Cissna to direct the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Website: Visitors to the ILRC site can search the organization's areas of expertise and the latest practice alerts; browse publications, seminars, webinars, and trainings; and learn about the organization's projects, collaborations, and partnerships. They also can learn more about the organization's take on the latest developments in immigration policy, subscribe to the ILRC listserv, and/or make a donation.
Funding: The Immigrant Legal Resource Center is funded by individuals, foundations, and government grants.