NIJC in the News

June 6, 2016

Illinois has one of the most backlogged immigration court systems in the country. This has devastating effects on individuals, many of them asylum seekers, suffering long waits until their cases are adjudicated. NIJC's Ashley Huebner explains to the Chicago Tribune....

June 1, 2016

"For unaccompanied immigrant children seeking asylum in the U.S., where they apply seems to make a world of difference. Youngsters whose applications are handled by the U.S. government's regional offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles are far more likely to win approval from asylum officers than those applying in Chicago or Houston, according...

May 25, 2016

Ireri Unzueta Carrasco was denied renewed DACA because she participated in peaceful civil disobedience actions as part of the national movement to win relief for undocumented students and stop deportations. NIJC is representing Ireri in her suit against the government, challenging their claim that her civil disobedience makes her a "threat to...

May 21, 2016

Despite being a part of our communities, undocumented immigrants live every day in fear. NIJC's Lisa Koop explains the important role undocumented immigrants play in Elkhart Co., Indiana and the challenges they must overcome to live "normal" lives....

May 13, 2016

Despite bitter backlash from the public after conducting raids at the beginning of 2016, the Obama administration reportedly decided to resume raids on families fleeing violence in Central America in the summer of 2016. NIJC joined the many voices in opposition of this misguided policy.

The Nation:...

May 10, 2016

A federal judge granted $20,000 in damages to Jhon Erik Ocampo, a U.S. citizen represented by NIJC who spent a week in immigration detention before the government realized its mistake. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. 

Huffington Post:...

April 14, 2016

PRI's The World features NIJC's LGBT Immigrant Rights Inititiative Attorney Keren Zwick and client Gretta, who came to the United States to seek asylum from persecution she suffered because of her transgender identity, only to face further abuse while she was detained for more than two years by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

March 15, 2016

A mother who is an NIJC client and fled gang threats petitioned the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to stop her deportation to El Salvador where she will likely be murdered. The DHS Asylum Office rejected the woman's request for protection, calling into question the credibility of the asylum screening process.

Reuters...

March 10, 2016

NIJC Executive Director Mary Meg McCarthy and Kids In Need Of Defense President Wendy Young co-authored a letter to the editor of The New York Times insisting that immigrant children need a lawyer in court in order to have a fair hearing....

February 25, 2016

A report by NIJC, ACLU, and Detention Watch Network, revealed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's negligence and failure to comply with medical standards led to the deaths of immigrants in detention.

Associated Press:...