Borealis Philanthropy Awards $2.2 Million for Immigration Litigation

Borealis Philanthropy Awards $2.2 Million for Immigration Litigation

Borealis Philanthropy, a Minneapolis-based philanthropic intermediary, has announced grants totaling $2.2 million to thirty-six organizations fighting injustices in immigration enforcement.

Awarded through the organization's Immigration Litigation Fund, a donor collaborative that includes the Ford, JPB, NoVo, Reis, and Open Society foundations, the grants will support efforts to challenge discriminatory, dehumanizing, and unlawful immigration enforcement policies and practices, with a focus on both high-profile national cases and situations that embody the daily indignities and cruelties that immigrants face. Among other things, ILF grantees are pursuing litigation to end Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrests near courthouses, abusive conditions in immigrant detention facilities, unlawful delays in credible fear interviews that prevent people from obtaining asylum, and litigation to stop local law enforcement from coordinating with ICE.

Grant recipients include the D.C.-based American Immigration Council, Bronx Defenders, the Community Justice Project in Pennsylvania, The Door in New York City, the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, New York City-based Safe Horizon, the New York City-based Legal Aid Society, and the National Center for Youth Law.

"We deeply appreciate the partnership between the Four Freedoms Fund and the ILF, and how we collaborate and learn from each other," said Anita Khashu, director of the Four Freedoms Fund at NEO Philanthropy. "Four Freedoms Fund makes grants to pro-immigrant organizations across the country that engage in advocacy, organizing, civic engagement, and defense of rights. We see the ILF's focus on impact litigation and protecting the integrity of the courts as an essential and complementary strategy that helps fill a critical gap in resources."

For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Borealis Philanthropy website.

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