NIJC in the News

June 29, 2015

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released new guidance on detaining transgender immigrants. NIJC and a coalition of immigrant and LGBT rights advocates welcomed these long-overdue developments but called on ICE to truly protect LGBTQ individuals by ending the policy to detain them.

Women in the World, The New York...

June 25, 2015

NIJC hosted a three-day summit for human rights and legal experts to strategize best practices to help unaccompanied children navigate the complex and broken U.S. immigration system. NIJC's Lisa Koop and Alexandra Fung explain some of the challenges unaccompanied children face....

June 25, 2015

"La Junta de Apelaciones de Inmigración concedió asilo en Estados Unidos a un inmigrante mexicano por la persecución que sufriría en su país por ser VIH positivo y considerado gay, informó hoy el Centro de Justicia Inmigrante de Chicago (NIJC)."...

June 15, 2015

The Supreme Court ruling in Kerry v. Din found that the government is not required to provide a detailed reason for denying the spouse’s visa application. In the case, a U.S. citizen was permanently separated from her spouse on a bare, unexplained allegation that her Afghani husband had been involved in supporting terrorism. The...

June 1, 2015

The Supreme Court issued a decision which maintained important protections for immigrants facing deportation following minor convictions for possession of drug paraphernalia. The Court cited NIJC's amicus brief in its decision and Progress Illinois quoted NIJC's Chuck Roth about the impact of this decision....

May 26, 2015

The National Immigrant Justice Center and Women's Refugee Commission wrote letters to the editor of The New York Times calling for an end to the United States' inhumane practice of detaining women and children, most of whom are seeking asylum....

May 20, 2015

Women and children seeking asylum in the United States are 16 times more likely to win their cases if they have a lawyer. However, in Chicago the vast majority of women and children (about 85%) represent themselves in court. NIJC worked with The Chicago Reporter to examine what's going on and why this is such a huge problem....

May 12, 2015

The U Visa is a special form of relief for survivors of serious crimes who cooperate with police and authorities in the investigation of the perpetrator. U Visas can be life changing for a victim, but some law enforcement refuse to sign the certification form confirming the crime occurred, which is required for an individual to purse the visa....

April 6, 2015

"The number of immigrants being held in detention centers across the U.S. is the lowest it’s been in nearly a decade, possibly signaling a change in a federal mandate called a 'bed quota.'" NIJC's policy director, Royce Benstein Murray, spoke to the press about why immigration detention should be used only as a last resort and how a different...

March 25, 2015

Unaccompanied immigrant children often have very unique and special immigration cases, but they do have legal options. NIJC's Lisa Koop talked to The Elkhart Truth about children who have come to NIJC's Indiana office and how to make sure these children get the relief for which they are eligible....