NIJC in the News

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.

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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.

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February 13, 2016

NIJC's Lisa Koop explains just how critical it is that refugees have lawyers when seeking protection in the United States. Read the article.

January 25, 2016

NIJC was among more than 270 human rights, civil rights, and legal advocacy groups who called on the Obama administration to grant Temporary Protected Status to people fleeing brutal violence in the Northern Triangle region of Central America.

NBC News:...

January 5, 2016

In the first few days of 2016, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began home raids targeting Central American families, primarily women and children, who recently fled violence and death in their home countries and are seeking protection in the United States. NIJC spoke to national and local media outlets condemning these inhumane...

December 14, 2015

An op-ed in The Guardian insists that we must develop a more robust inspections process to prevent human rights abuses in immigration detention. The piece mentions NIJC and Detention Watch Network’s report exposing how the ineffective inspections process perpetuates widespread abuse of detained immigrants....

December 12, 2015

NIJC Executive Director Mary Meg McCarthy offers her expert opinion about how recent proposals to block Muslims from immigrating to the United States are un-American and would reverse America’s legacy as a country that welcomes those seeking safety....

December 12, 2015

The Associated Press turned to NIJC’s Chuck Roth for his legal opinion about one man’s lawsuit against the U.S. government for rejecting his wife’s visa without a real explanation, thereby separating their family indefinitely. NIJC submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in a similar case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year....

December 10, 2015

Many immigrant children who flee violence in Central America and come to the United States seeking safety have to represent themselves in court because they don't have legal counsel. Without a lawyer and access to legal counsel, there is no way for these children to have a fair chance at justice. NIJC's Alexandra Fung comments on the dire...