Why we must abolish a 1996 law that has destroyed thousands of families (VIDEO)

In June of 1999, Astrid Morataya, then a lawful permanent resident, pled guilty to a minor drug distribution offense. The circumstances were questionable – Astrid consistently denies she was involved with drugs and no drugs were ever recovered on her. The guilty plea, in the aftermath of the Illegal Immigration and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA), which went into effect 20 years ago today on September 30, 1996, would have a devastating effect on Astrid’s life.

Media coverage on Chicago refugee symposium

September 19, 2016

On September 19, 2016, NIJC and twelve other human and immigrant rights organizations in Chicago held an event discussing the U.S. response to the global refugee crisis. The panel of experts, including NIJC's Lisa Koop and a former NIJC client, emphasized the challenges refugees face in winning protection in the United States and how our country can do more to protect refugees. The Chicago event took place alongside the United Nations General Assembly summit on refugees and migrants.

340+ Civil & Human Rights Organizations Tell DHS: Stop Detaining Immigrants in Private Prisons

September 14, 2016

More than 340 immigrant rights, faith-based and civil- and labor-rights organizations delivered a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson Wednesday calling for the government to end its use of private prison companies to detain immigrants.

Agencia EFE / La Opinión: Inmigrantes, las víctimas a largo plazo de guerra antiterrorismo tras el 11-S

September 9, 2016

Directora ejecutiva de NIJC Mary Meg McCarthy habla de cómo la injusticia y persecución que sufren inmigrantes han aumentado desde los atentados de 11 de Septiembre. Leer el artículo.


StoryCorps / WBEZ: 'Instead Of Making It A Secret, I Felt Like We Could Make It A Way For People To Know'

September 9, 2016

Siblings Rafael and Karla, who are former NIJC clients, talk about some of the challenges they faced growing up undocumented, including when Rafael and his brother Carlos were detained by immigration officials as teenagers. Listen to their story.

The Hill: DOJ urged to improve data collection on deaths in police custody

August 30, 2016

NIJC is one of the more than 60 groups who called on the Department of Justice to do a better job when it comes to collecting and reporting data about deaths in police custody. Read the article.


Media coverage of private prison corporations profiting off detaining refugee families

August 14, 2016

Private prison companies make a sickeningly large profit to jail families seeking asylum--more than $1 billion for one facility in Dilley, Texas. NIJC obtained and exposed problematic contracts between the U.S. government and these corporations through its Transparency Project, and has advocated for an end to private prisons in immigration detention.

Progress Illinois: Obama Administration Expands Refugee Program For Central Americans

July 26, 2016

The Obama administration announced it would expand the Central American Minors Program, which offers protections to refugee children and their families. The expansion is an important step, but too many refugees are still excluded. Read the article.

Progress Illinois: Chicago Aldermen, Immigrant Advocates Propose Strengthening 'Welcoming City Ordinance'

July 19, 2016

NIJC and other immigrant rights groups worked with the City of Chicago to strengthen Chicago's "Welcoming City Ordinance" to make our city an even safer and more welcoming place for all immigrants, including refugees. Read the article.

Seventh Circuit Rules That Noncitizens Who Are Prosecuted for Working Without Proper Documents May Avoid Deportation

August 26, 2016

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that a mother of three from Ecuador who has lived in the United States for more than ten years should not face certain deportation due to a conviction for using improper documents to work. In Arias v.

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