National Immigration Law Center
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Our mission is to defend & advance the rights & opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.

What we do


Impact Litigation

NILC engages in lawsuits that defend the fundamental and constitutional rights of all Americans, including low-income immigrants and their families, often in coordination with other local and national civil rights organizations. NILC’s legal victories have secured vital due process rights for detained Salvadorans, ensured that Los Angeles-area immigrants would not be trapped in limbo as they sought to become U.S. citizens, and challenged government regulations that would have resulted in millions of workers losing their jobs. NILC currently is at the forefront of several legal battles to stop unconstitutional state attempts to regulate immigration law that would result in racial profiling and deny fundamental rights to all, especially people of color.

Policy Analysis & Advocacy

As experts in the complex interplay between immigration law and public safety net programs, access to education, workers’ rights, and other issues affecting immigrant communities, NILC educates policy members on the impact their policy goals may have on this too often overlooked population. NILC fact sheets and briefing papers have long been used by policymakers interested in ensuring the future prosperity of their constituents.

Education & Training

NILC helps build the capacity of thousands of attorneys, advocates, and organizers about laws and policies affecting their immigrant members or clients. In addition, we create toolkits and other resources to inform advocates and other organizers about important changes to immigration law, and convene strategy sessions where a cross-section of advocates develop agendas to defend and advance civil rights for all Americans.

Technical Assistance

NILC provides thousands of hours of pro bono technical strategic support to lawyers, civil rights groups, community and labor organizers, labor unions, service providers, and others interested in understanding the complex immigration system to advance the interests of their clients and members.