Mission: To work with immigrants, community-based organizations, and the legal sector to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people.
About the Organization: Founded in 1979 by law professor Bill Ong Hing, the works to help immigration law professionals and advocates develop their expertise, educate immigrant communities to advocate for themselves, and shape immigration law and policy. To that end, ILRC provides legal training, technical assistance, policy updates, and educational materials to attorneys, nonprofit organizations, public defenders, and other immigration advocates, and engages in advocacy and civic engagement efforts designed to advance immigrant rights. The organization's areas of expertise include , , (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), , applications for permanent residency, and for those facing deportation.
Current Programs: ILRC's projects and initiatives include , a collaboration with the and that helps immigrants apply for citizenship; the , which works with public defender offices and criminal defense organizations on behalf of non-citizens facing criminal charges; and the , a national network of legal-service providers, faith-based organizations, businesses, foundations, and community leaders. In addition, through its program, ILRC offers expert legal assistance to legal professionals assisting immigrant clients, while its include know-your-rights "" designed to help individuals defend themselves against unconstitutional actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
ILRC's program in is focused on listening to the concerns of, providing up-to-date legal and policy information to, and supporting leadership development in immigrant communities. And the organization's spans federal, state, and local levels, including, most recently, to the nomination of Lee Francis Cissna to direct the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Website: Visitors to the ILRC site can search the organization's and the latest practice alerts; browse ; and learn about the organization's . They also can learn more about the organization's take on the latest developments in immigration policy, subscribe to the ILRC , and/or make a .
Funding: The Immigrant Legal Resource Center is funded by individuals, foundations, and government grants.