Other Immigration Organizations

Other Immigration Organizations

Other Immigration Organizations


Coalition of Irish Centers

The Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC) is a national umbrella group for all of the Irish Immigration Centers in the US. The CIIC was established in 1996 to promote the welfare of Irish immigrants in the US at a national level.The mission of the CIIC is to represent immigrant organizations throughout the United States who are committed to providing services to Irish immigrants. The Coalition provides support and assistance to the various centers in their work through advocacy, education and the exchange of information. CIIC member organizations are located in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Wisconsin.



Interfaith Immigration Coalition

The Interfaith Immigration Coalition is a partnership of faith-based organizations committed to enacting fair and humane immigration reform that reflects our mandate to welcome the stranger and treat all human beings with dignity and respect. Coalition members work together to advocate for just and equitable immigration policies, educate faith communities, and serve immigrant populations around the country. Through this coalition, hundreds of national and local faith-based organizations and faith leaders have called on Congress and the Administration to enact immigration reform consistent with these values.

Every first Monday of the month at 4 pm EST, the Interfaith Immigration Coalition will host national conference calls with different emphases.

If you would like to participate in the call, email bmefford [at] umc-gbcs.org for the call-in number. Join with people of faith from across the country to plan and strategize how to move just and humane immigration reform this congress!

The Irish Apostolate USA is one of the members of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition.

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Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.  (CLINIC)
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
415 Michigan Ave., NE, Suite 150
Washington, DC 20017
202.635.2649 fax

Mission Statement
To enhance and expand delivery of legal services to indigent and low-income immigrants principally through diocesan immigration programs and to meet the immigration needs identified by the Catholic Church in the United States.

CLINIC fulfills its mission by:
Providing a full range of legal and non-legal support services to 161 member agencies comprised of Catholic legal immigration programs.  Member agencies serve poor immigrants seeking family reunification, citizenship, and protection from persecution and violence.
Creating, funding and managing direct legal service projects that are national in scope and thus supplement local member agency capacity or expertise.
Representing archdioceses, dioceses, and religious congregations that need foreign-born priests, nuns and lay religious workers to serve immigrant communities in the United States.
Working in collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to advocate with the DHS, EOIR and the DOJ to improve immigration policies and practices.

CLINIC’s mission and activities are guided by the Catholic principle of subsidiarity. Subsidiarity leads CLINIC to respect the roles and capacities of its community-based member agencies. It encourages them to assume as much responsibility for local needs as they can. This allows CLINIC to focus its resources on needs that local member agencies cannot meet. In this way, CLINIC maximizes the productivity of its programs nationwide.


National Immigration Forum
National Immigration Forum
50 F Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-347-0040
Fax: 202-347-0058

The mission of the National Immigration Forum is to embrace and uphold America’s tradition as a nation of immigrants. The Forum advocates and builds support for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees and are fair and supportive to newcomers in the United States.

Our principle goals are to achieve the following:
Fair immigration policies:  We work to reunite families torn apart by unreasonable and arbitrary restrictions; secure fair treatment of refugees who have fled persecution; legalize the status of hard working immigrants caught in legal limbo; promote citizenship as a pathway to full political participation; secure equitable access to social protections; and protect immigrants’ fundamental constitutional rights.
Immigration policies that strengthen the U.S. economy: We work with an unusually diverse range of allies – immigrant, ethnic, religious, civil rights, labor, business, state and local government, and other organizations – to forge and promote a new vision of immigration policy. We advocate policies that are consistent with global realities, foster economic growth, attract needed workers to America, and protect the rights of workers and families.
Help newcomers and the communities where they settle: We work to help newcomers gain access to the supports they need to climb the ladder of social and economic mobility, and to help localities weave immigrants into the fabric of community life. This includes striving to build bonds of mutual understanding between established residents and new immigrants.

American Immigration Lawyers Association

American Immigration Lawyers Association
918 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004-1400
Phone: 202-216-2400
Fax: 202-783-7853

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the national association of over 10,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. AILA Member attorneys represent tens of thousands of U.S. families who have applied for permanent residence for their spouses, children, and other close relatives to lawfully enter and reside in the United States. AILA Members also represent thousands of U.S. businesses and industries who sponsor highly skilled foreign workers seeking to enter the United States in a temporary or –having proven the unavailability of U.S. workers — permanent basis. AILA Members also represent foreign students, entertainers, athletes, and asylum seekers, often on a pro bono basis. Founded in 1946, AILA is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that provides its Members with continuing legal education, information, professional services, and expertise through its 35 chapters and over 50 national committees. AILA is an Affiliated Organization of the American Bar Association and is represented in the ABA House of Delegates.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.


National Immigration Law Center 
National Immigration Law Center
3435 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2850
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: 213-639-3900  Fax 213-639-3911

Our 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.  We conduct policy analysis and impact litigation and provide publications, technical advice, and trainings to a broad constituency of legal aid agencies, community groups, and pro bono attorneys.


Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) 

The Immigration Advocates Network (“IAN”) is an exciting and innovative resource for non-profit advocates and service providers.  IAN is a collaboration of leading immigrants’ rights organizations designed to increase access to justice for low income immigrants.  IAN will promote more effective and efficient communication among existing immigration organizations by providing easily accessible and comprehensive online resources in a password-protected website for legal service providers, pro bono attorneys and advocates.  By establishing a website for non-profit organizations with timely information and links to other sites, we will enhance our collective advocacy efforts, share information, and support the work and visibility of our members.

IAN is a collaborative effort of:

  • ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • American Immigration Law Foundation
  • Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
  • Immigrant Legal Resource Center
  • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights
  • National Immigration Law Center
  • National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
  • Pro Bono Net

America’s Voice

America’s Voice stands with the majority of Americans who support real, comprehensive immigration reform. We are joined by leaders from the law enforcement, local government, business, labor, civil rights, and faith communities who agree that Congress should restore the integrity of the nation’s immigration system. Opponents of reform offer no ideas beyond building a border fence. They have consistently misinformed the public, and have offered no solutions. Americans don’t want endless debate. They want action.

Their goal is to create the public momentum for reforms that will transform a dysfunctional immigration system into a regulatory system that works. To achieve this, they conduct cutting edge public opinion research, perform rapid response communications in English and Spanish, and support courageous leaders who are standing up for real immigration reform.

U.S. Citizenship and Information Bureau (USCIS)


On March 1, 2003, service and benefit functions of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) transitioned into the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The President nominated Eduardo Aguirre to lead the USCIS; he was confirmed by the Senate on June 19, 2003. The USCIS is responsible for the administration of immigration and naturalization adjudication functions and establishing immigration services policies and priorities. These functions include:

  • adjudication of immigrant visa petitions;
  • adjudication of naturalization petitions;
  • adjudication of asylum and refugee applications;
  • adjudications performed at the service centers, and
  • all other adjudications performed by the INS.

The USCIS oversees immigration benefits as: citizenship, lawful permanent residency, family- and employment-related immigration, employment authorization, inter-country adoptions, asylum and refugee status, replacement immigration documents, and foreign student authorization.

The USCIS website has free immigration forms, which can be downloaded with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Bureau of Consular Affairs – U.S. State Department

This Federal Government site contains valuable information on Immigration Visas and Citizenship issues and lists numerous other web sites with other relevant information. It has information on the current DV Lottery Instructions, and has free immigrant and non-immigrant application forms.