NIJC in the News

April 18, 2014

NIJC and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of asylum seekers who have faced months in detention while they await reasonable fear determinations, the first step in seeking protection in the United States when someone is forced to return following a deportation order.

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April 14, 2014

Three-quarters of those who are deported from the United States are removed without ever seeing a judge or having a day in court. The majority of those who do have the opportunity to present their cases in court do so without legal counsel and are forced to represent themselves. The accelerating rate of deportations has come at a steep cost to...

April 14, 2014

An egregious case of sexual assault in a Minnesota jail that also holds those who are only charged with immigration violations has raised concerns about the security and conditions of jails with which Immigration and Customs Enforcement contracts....

April 8, 2014

In April 2014, more than 1,200 women from 70 organizations across the country fasted for immigration reform that keeps families together and treats women fairly. Several women from NIJC participated in a 24-hour fast. In its blog carnival, MomsRising.org shared NIJC Director of Policy...

April 2, 2014

"More than a decade after Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act, or PREA, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, published standards to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and assault in immigration detention facilities... Protection from sexual abuse in immigration detention is particularly important for lesbian,...

March 28, 2014

Un estudio del Illinois Immigration Legal Aid Collaborative (IILAC), dirigido del Centro Nacional de Justicia para Inmigrantes, muestra que la capacidad actual de los organizaciones que ofrecen ayuda legal económica a inmigrantes en Illinois no serían suficiente si se apruebe una reforma migratoria....

March 21, 2014

NIJC's Mary Meg McCarthy discusses the process of "seeking asylum" in the United States on WBEZ's Morning Shift. Listen to the segment below.

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March 13, 2014

The Department of Homeland Security finally released regulations for the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), which will apply to some facilities holding immigrants. While this is a remarkable accomplishment, many advocates, including NIJC, are concerned about the gaps in protections and how quickly and uniformly the new rules will be...

March 10, 2014

El Departamento de Seguridad Nacional publicó las reglas de la ley para eliminar las violaciones en las cárceles (PREA) que ahora se aplicara a cárceles de inmigración. Es un gran logo pero hay grupos vulnerables como minorías sexuales que todavía no recibir protección suficiente en las cárceles de inmigración....

February 26, 2014

Keren Zwick, managing attorney for NIJC's LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative, led a workshop at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights' immigration integration summit focusing on the LGBT immigrant community. NIJC Leadership Board member Michael Jarecki also led the workshop....