Programs

Americans take pride in our country’s legacy of providing refuge to men, women, and children fleeing persecution and torture in their native countries. The National Immigrant Justice Center’s Jeanne and Joseph Sullivan Project for Protection of Asylum Seekers provides free legal representation to people fleeing persecution and torture in their...

Immigrants accused of even minor offenses are highly vulnerable to mandatory detention, deportation, and permanent exile. In 2010, the Supreme Court in Padilla v. Kentucky held that criminal defense lawyers must advise their clients about the potential immigration consequences of criminal pleas. Yet, criminal defense lawyers face many...

Immigrant women come to the United States for reasons as varied and dynamic as the women themselves. Some dream of better lives for themselves and their children. Some are seeking to reunify with spouses, parents, and children from whom they’ve been separated. Some are fleeing gender-...

The Detention, Democracy & Due Process (D3P) Project works to repair failures in the U.S. immigration system and uphold the due process protections of immigrants in the United States. Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) seeks to use law as an instrument for change, arguing landmark cases before the U.S. Courts of...

The Immigrant Children’s Protection Project represents and advocates for detained and non-detained immigrant children who face the possibility of deportation to a dangerous homeland. Each year, tens of thousands of children arrive in the United States without a parent or guardian. Denied their childhood, many minors come to escape violent gang...

Harsh immigration laws prevent thousands of immigrants and their families from living securely, even when eligible for immigration status. Those who are able to apply for lawful status must contend with misinformation and with major backlogs in the immigration court system. Without the assurances of lawful status and work authorization, many...

The Counter-Trafficking Project provides comprehensive legal services and case management for children and adult survivors of human trafficking. The program has helped more than 130  survivors of trafficking become self-sufficient and move closer to fully integrating into our society. Law enforcement and social service agencies identify...

The National Immigrant Justice Center’s LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative is proud to work at the intersection of immigrant and LGBT Rights.  We rely on the support of pro bono attorneys to provide comprehensive immigration services to those who identify as lesbian, gay,...