Spotlight on Advocacy and Service Organizations

In this section we feature the great work that is being done by so many organizations across the country. Some provide services to immigrants, while others perform critical political advocacy.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has Immigrants' Rights as one of its key issues and focuses for protecting the rights of individuals. The ACLU is a large, well-resepcted non-profit with nearly 200 staff attorneys nation-wide. Their focus is litigation where the case is likely to set an important precedent decision. To volunteer as an attorney or other capacity, find your local office. To donate, click here.

HIAS of Philadelphia is an immigrant resettlement nonprofit. While there is a strong connection to Jewish values and traditions, it serves immigrants of all nationalities and religions. With six attorneys and four accredited representatives, it is a large immigration nonprofit handling a wide range of legal services to immigrants. To donate, call 215-832-0900 or email

The Just for Our Neighbors program of North/Central Texas is a ministry of the United Methodist Church. It has four clinic sites in Dallas and Ft Worth. There is one attorney, one full-time staff and 3 part-time staff. They handle a wide variety of administrative cases and conduct outreach events on immigration issues. To donate, email or call 214-381-0901.

The Immigration Program of Catholic Charities Oklahoma City has four staff attorneys handling about 400 administrative cases and 20 removal cases per year for local immigrants at low cost or no cost. To donate to the Immigration Program, call 405-523-3000. To volunteer, email

The BIA Pro Bono Project is a program run by the government to help identify unusually compelling removal cases that a private attorney or nonprofit agency might be willing to take at no charge. Attorneys willing to take the identified cases on a pro bono (free) basis are assisted in getting the file quickly and are given extensions on deadlines.