American Immigration Lawyers Association
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the national association of more than 15,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. AILA was established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members. AILA and the American Immigration Council’s immigration Justice Campaign fights for due process and justice for detained noncitizens. AILA also runs the Military Assistance Program, hosts an Annual Citizenship Day each September, runs a Pro Bono Clinic at its Annual Conference, and supports all of its chapters with their pro bono initiatives.
Immigration Justice Campaign
The Immigration Justice Campaign fights for due process and justice for detained noncitizens. The goal of the Campaign is to respond to the dramatic increase in arrests and detentions by expanding access to counsel for immigrants where the need is the greatest: in detention. The Campaign is training up the immigration bar with new tools and strategies and bringing in new pro bono allies to serve the many thousands of detained individuals who would otherwise go unrepresented. Through its partnerships with on the ground legal service providers, the Campaign offers opportunities to represent detained immigrants around the country including those being held in Elizabeth, NJ; Aurora, CO; Lumpkin, GA; Folkston, GA; Irwin, GA; Jena, LA; Youngstown, OH; and the family detention center in Dilley, TX. Additionally, the Campaign offers volunteer opportunities that are entirely remote. To learn more about
how you can help and to sign up for the Campaign, click here.
AILA Military Assistance Program (MAP)
AILA MAP is a collaborative effort between the AILA and the Legal Assistance Offices of the United States Military Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG) to expand immigration legal assistance for members of the military. As the diversity of our military changes, increasing numbers of service men and women must deal with immigration legal matters within their immediate families. Attorneys in JAG offices seldom have immigration expertise, so AILA MAP enlists experienced AILA lawyers to assist in these cases on a pro bono basis so service members do not have the stress and fear that a family member could be deported while they are deployed overseas. Utilizing volunteers from AILA chapters across America and two international chapters, we match volunteer attorneys with military personnel stationed around the globe. For more information or to volunteer, please click here to visit the website, or contact MAP coordinator Erin Lynum at email@example.com.
AILA National Citizenship Day
As a single-day, nationwide event, AILA Citizenship Day provides free or low-cost assistance to eligible legal permanent residents who wish to apply for U.S. citizenship, utilizing partnerships between AILA chapters across the country and grassroots organizations. AILA’s Citizenship Day includes more than 25 chapters participating annually. AILA has developed a comprehensive index of materials available online at www.aila.org/citizenshipday. These materials provide a chapter wishing to participate in a Citizenship Day event with everything necessary to sponsor a successful event. If your chapter has never participated and you are interested in spearheading an event, contact AILA for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org.