NIJC in the News

July 11, 2016

The New York Times published NIJC Executive Director Mary Meg McCarthy’s letter to the editor insisting that President Obama can and must do more to reduce deportations and provide protection to refugees fleeing violence in Central America....

June 27, 2016

NIJC's Lisa Koop and pro bono attorney Duane Sigelko talked about their recent trips to Greece to provide legal services to Syrian families, and similarities they saw with Central American refugees they have been representing in the United States....

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...