Immigration Resource Links

The Advocates for Human Rights - A non-governmental, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of internationally recognized human rights. The Advocates documents human rights abuses, advocates on behalf of individual victims, educates on human rights issues, and provides training and technical assistance to address and prevent human rights violations.

The American Bar Association - Has expressed a call for comprehensive immigration reform.

American Civil Liberties Union - Advocates for the rights of immigrants, refugees and non-citizens, challenging unconstitutional laws and practices, countering the myths upon which many of these laws are based.

American Immigration Lawyers Association - A coalition for immigration lawyers and legal advocates that provides a database to search for lawyers in your area.

American Immigration Council - edicated to increasing public understanding of immigration law and policy and the value of immigration to American society.  This site has targeted policy information and curricula for attorneys, teachers, and immigrants.

America's Voice - A community-based communications organization committed to bringing about common sense immigration reform by mobilizing voters nationwide.

Amnesty International USA - Advocates for the rights of asylum-seekers in the United States, and for the humane and dignified treatment of refugees and migrants worldwide.

Catholic Charities USA - Runs a "Justice for Newcomers" site with background on immigration, policy papers, and a call to action.

Catholic Legal Immigration Network (Clinic) - Advocates for transparent, fair and generous immigration policies. 

Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law  - A non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, CA, that focuses on the human rights and domestic civil rights of insular minorities including immigrants, refugees, children, and indigenous peoples.  They have several websites that can be accessed from the one linked on this page concerning aspects of immigration such as legalization for undocumented immigrants, protections for immigrant victims of domestic violence, and issues concerning unaccompanied minors.

Church World Service - Relief, development, and refugee assistance ministry of 35 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations in the United States.

December 18 - A Brussels-based non-profit organization working for the promotion and protection of the rights of migrants worldwide. Website offers resources, upcoming events, and highlights news relating to migrants' rights worldwide.

Detention Watch Network - Has compiled resources for advocacy on immigration issues including tips for effective advocacy, an overview of provisions of the proposed legislation, and an outline of talking points.

Forced Migration Online - Provides academic, on-line resources, including journals, dealing with issues of forced migration internationally.

Families for Freedom - Multi-ethnic defense network by and for immigrants facing and fighting deportation.

Human Rights Watch - A non-profit that supports struggles for human rights internationally and provides educational support for advocates and those interested in getting involved in international efforts to promote human rights.

The Immigrant Child Advocacy Center - An affiliate of the University of Chicago, ICAC trains law students and volunteers to act as Child Protection Advocates for migrant children who are trafficked, smuggled, or separated from their families in the midst of the immigration or refugee process.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center - Works with immigrants and citizens to make critical legal assistance and social services accessible to all, regardless of income, and to build a society that values diversity and respects the dignity and rights of all people.

Immigration Advocates Network - A free national online network which supports legal advocates working on behalf of immigrants' rights. Includes an immigration library, calendar of events, news, alerts, and more.

Immigration Policy Center - The research arm of the American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF). Established in 2003 with the mission to provide policymakers, academics, the media, and the general public with access to accurate information about the effects of immigration on the U.S. economy and society.

International Committee of the Red Cross - An an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance.

International Organization for Migration - Promotes humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.  Also available in Spanish.

Justice for Immigrants - The website of  US. Council of Catholic Bishops' Justice for Immigrants Campaign includes immigration basics, statements on immigration from bishops, and educational tools for parishes.  Also available in Spanish.

Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Services - A national organization that provides services to migrants and refugees and tries to create a network of organization to promote public policy changes surrounding immigrant and refugee rights.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) - Leading Latino legal organization.  The website provides information about the litigation, advocacy, and educational efforts MALDEF uses to bring Latinos into the political and socioeconomic mainstream of society.

The Migration Information Source - An online resource providing authoritative data from numerous global organizations and governments, and global analysis of international migration and refugee trends.

National Council of La Raza- The largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S. The site provide news updates and resources about immigration, civil rights, and justice.

National Immigration Forum - A site that documents policies and recent immigration news and publications nationwide.

National Immigrant Justice Center - Provides direct legal services to and advocates for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, with a focus on the Midwest.

National Immigration Law Center - A site dedicated to news and information relating to changing immigration law, including the Dream Act, public benefits, and employment issues.

National Legal Sanctuary for Community Advancement - Provides legal defense, policy advocacy, and public education to protect the needs of targeted Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian communities.

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights - This group is committed to promoting immigrant and refugee rights as part of a global movement for economic and social justice.

Reform Immigration for America - A national coalition of grassroots organizations committed to ensuring comprehensive, just immigration reform quickly.

Rights Working Group - A national coalition of over 250 local and national organizations dedicated to protecting due process and human rights for everyone in America, regardless of citizensihp or immigration status.

Somali Family Care Network - Committed to increasing the economic and social opportunities of all Somali groups in the U.S. by creating a network of Somali organizations and refugee service providers.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - The branch of the Homeland Security Department that deals with immigration issues. This site contains the most up-to-date government immigration policies and immigration statistics as well as study materials for the citizenship test.   

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops - Has a Migrant and Refugee Services program which takes a global look at immigration issues, with updated information about U.S. policies and a forum on how to take action.

The Visitor - Information about the Social Action Campaign surrounding the movie The Visitor, in which an American college professor and a young immigrant couple grapple with the treatment of immigrants and the legal process post-9/11.

We Are America - We Are America raises the voice of immigrants in the dialogue around our country's broken immigration system. A story bank of video, audio, photo and text stories tell about real people and what they have at stake as new immigrants to the United States.

Witness for Peace - A politically independent, nationwide grassroots organization of people committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience. Mission is to support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing U.S. policies and corporate practices which contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - Protects and supports refugees and assists in their return or resettlement.

Urban Institute - Provides links to several recent academic publications categorized according to their specific connection to the different aspects of immigration in the United States.

USA for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - A non-profit organization which builds support in the United States for the humanitarian work of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.


Minnesota Organizations

The Advocates for Human Rights - A non-governmental, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of internationally recognized human rights. The Advocates documents human rights abuses, advocates on behalf of individual victims, educates on human rights issues, and provides training and technical assistance to address and prevent human rights violations. 

aMaze - A non-profit organization of parents, educators, and other caring adults which challenges bias through the Families All Matter Book Project in schools, faith communities, after-school programs, and anywhere else children are together. This project is a tool for engaging children - and adults - in important conversations about diversity, including the theme of immigration.

Catholic Charities of Minneapolis/St. Paul - Runs a Migrant and Refugee Services program in the Twin Cities.

Center for Victims of Torture - As many as 500,000 torture survivors are living in the United States. These individuals were brutalized by repressive regimes abroad because of what they believed, what they said or did, or what they represented. Many survivors, their families, and their communities suffer the lingering, debilitating effects of their horrific traumas in silence. The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) exists to heal the wounds of government-sponsored torture on individuals, their families and their communities, and to stop its practice.

Centro Campesino - Provides a voice and support to migrant workers and immigrants in rural Minnesota.  They have also created a community health promoter program to provide culturally competent health education to their communities.

Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio - The preeminent health and human services provider for Latino families in Minnesota, CLUES strives to provide culturally-competent family-centered care to those in need.

Ethnic Trends - Provides information on ethnic capital. Run by Dr. Bruce Corrie, Dean of the College of Business and Organizational Leadership at Concordia University in Saint Paul.

HACER - A non-profit research organization that attempts to use increased knowledge about Latino and immigrant communities in Minnesota as a community empowerment tool.  They provide reliable statistics and reports, which are available to the public.  Also available in Spanish.

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota/Oficina Legal - Provides high-quality legal services to low-income immigrants in Minnesota. Educates immigrant and nonimmigrant communities about immigration issues and engages in legislative advocacy.

Jewish Children and Family Services of Minneapolis, MN - Provides refugee resettlement services.

Jewish Community Action - Brings together diverse communities to promote social and economic justice issues in Minnesota.

Justice for Immigrants Minnesota - A Minnesota coalition of religious communities, dioceses and parishes working towards comprehensive immigration reform. Their website has advocacy information and resources for parishes to educate about immigration.

Lutheran Social Service - Provides legal services on refugee settlement and also takes photos for immigration applications.

Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance - Provides general civil legal services to low-income and elderly people through its three member corporations: Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis (LASM), St. Cloud Area Legal Services, and Western Minnesota Legal Services. 

Midwest Coalition for Human Rights - A network of 46 advocacy organizations, service providers, and university-based human rights centers collaborating to promote and protect human rights in our Midwest region, in the U.S., and internationally.

Minnesota Compass - Quickly access information about Minnesota's diverse and burgeoning immigrant population

Minnesota Council of Churches - Refugee Services - An ecumenical ministry welcoming persecuted people from around the world.

Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network -  A community membership-based organization devoted to advocating on behalf of immigrant rights through civic engagement, organizing, youth development, policy advocacy, and media justice.

Neighborhood House - A multicultural, multilingual community center in Minnesota with programming for all ages. Is often a first stop for new immigrants and refugees.

New America Media - A network of ethnic media organizations, including a database of affiliates and supporters. It serves over 50 million readers daily.

New Sanctuary Movement - An interfaith, multi-denominational effort to accompany and protect immigrant families facing human rights violations.

New to America - Information and resources for refugees and immigrants from the federal government

Pew Hispanic Center - This site chronicles the Latino experience in America, with a number of policy papers and reports on immigration issues.

Sabathani Community Center - Provides a range of family, youth, senior, and life skills programs to meet the needs of the multi-cultural community it serves in South Minneapolis.

World Relief - Minnesota - Provides refugee resettlement services.