Arizona SB 1070 at the U.S. Supreme Court: What it means for the Midwest

DePaul University College of Law Lewis Building Room 241 25 East Jackson Street Chicago, IL

This month the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Arizona v. United States regarding the constitutionality of Arizona SB 1070, the notorious “papers please” immigration law that allows local police officers to arrest and question residents simply for “looking” undocumented. The Court's ruling could determine whether states have the right to pass their own immigration laws and in what circumstances state laws may trump federal immigration provisions. The Supreme Court's decision will have ramifications for communities across the United States. 

Film screening: The Crossing

Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601

NIJC is partnering with Human Rights Watch on its Chicago Film Series taking place June 6-20 at the Gene Siskel Film Center. The series highlights the heroic stories of activists and survivors facing human rights issues around the globe. Join NIJC and HRW for the series’ closing film, The Crossing, screening Monday, June 20th at 6 pm.


Words Matter: the U.S. Debate over Immigration, the Media, and the 2016 Election

National Press Club, 529 14th St NW Fl 13 Washington, DC 20045

NIJC Executive Director Mary Meg McCarthy will be moderating an event held by the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration on Friday, May 6 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Among the panelists will be former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. Registration is required. Please note event time listed is in Eastern Time.

NIJC Trivia Night

The Kerryman, 661 N. Clark Street, Chicago, 60654

Join NIJC's Junior Leadership Board for the 4th annual Trivia Night on Thursday, April 28! Tickets are $40/individual and $150/team of four, and include appertizers and an open bar. Proceeds benefit NIJC's work to protect human rights and due process for immigrants. Get tickets here.


E Pluribus Unum: The Immigration Conundrum, A syposium presented by the Seventh Circuit Bar Association Foundation

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Thorne Auditorium

NIJC Executive Director Mary Meg McCarthy; NIJC Leadership Board members Gabrielle M. Buckley, Marketa Lindt, Jim Morsch; Court of Appeals and District Court judges; academics; and practitioners will be speaking at the Seventh Circuit Bar Association Foundation’s symposium, “E Pluribus Unum: The Immigration Conundrum,” on March 3 and 4 at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

17th Annual Human Rights Awards

The Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel, 200 North Columbus Drive

Since 2000, the National Immigrant Justice Center’s Human Rights Awards luncheon has honored human rights champions and celebrated the contributions of business, civic, and philanthropic leaders. The luncheon provides critical funding for NIJC to ensure that it can continue to promote human rights and access to justice for immigrants.

Happy hour with NIJC

Barcocina, 2901 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago

Join the National Immigrant Justice Center’s Junior Leadership Board for a happy hour benefiting NIJC!

NIJC Happy Hour
When: Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Where: Barcocina, 2901 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago
Tickets: $40, includes drink tickets and appetizers, all proceeds benefit NIJC

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DACA & Admin Relief Info Session

Solorio Academy High School, 3500 W Norman Bobbins Pl, Chicago, IL 60632

Representatives from the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) will provide a basic overview of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, administrative relief, and other forms of relief.

This event is hosted by the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) participants. For  more information, please contact Cindy Agustin at 

Summer Happy Hour

Moe's Cantina River North, 155 W. Kinzie, Chicago, IL 60654

It's finally starting to warm up outside, so why not toast to a good cause!? Join the National Immigrant Justice Center's (NIJC) Junior Leadership Board for a happy hour benefiting NIJC. Your ticket includes two drinks and appetizers, and we'll have some great raffle prizes. Get tickets here.

DREAMers Conference Series | Spring 2015

Cordell Reed Student Union-Rotunda, Chicago State University, 9501 South King Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
The Chicago Public Schools will host a Spring DREAMers Conference on Saturday, March 14th at Chicago State University.
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