NIPNLG Welcomes New Staff: Fatou Toure, Cristina Velez and Matt Vogel

November 21, 2019 – We are enormously delighted to have such a talented group of individuals join NIPNLG to help advance our mission, by providing expert legal strategies, support, and advocacy to combat the onslaught of attacks on immigrant rights.
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NIPNLG Demands Action to End “Remain in Mexico” Program

November 19, 2019 – NIPNLG, along with 118 other organizations, and 122 academics wrote a letter urging Congress to #SaveAsylum and end the Remain in Mexico Program.
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NIPNLG and Partners File Amicus Brief: Christian Rocha v. William Barr

This brief lifts up the voices and stories of community members whose lives and families have been disrupted by arbitrary, prolonged detention that disregards the many years during which they have lived peaceful productive lives in the United States. The underlying issue is prolonged mandatory detention, without a bond hearing, of persons who were convicted of crimes many years ago. The amicus brief supports the position that such detention is a severe due process violations, and the role of the brief itself is to tell the stories of the people who are impacted by this arbitrary deprivation of liberty.
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A Message from Board Chair, Carlos Moctezuma García

November 6, 2019 – As a kid growing up along the South Texas border, my siblings and I learned the value of education and hard work from our parents, who labored tirelessly to ensure we had every opportunity to succeed. It wasn’t easy. We lived in the housing projects known as “El Campito” in McAllen, Texas. There was poverty, little or no formal education, and extremely limited access to resources.
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NIPNLG Submits Joint Report with NGO Partners to Universal Periodic Review

October 16, 2019 – The report addresses two areas of U.S. compliance with its international human rights law obligations: (1) discrimination based on sex and gender, and (2) violations of the human rights of refugees and migrants.
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Legal Internship Available for Summer 2020

October 15, 2019 – NIPNLG is seeking applicants for legal internships in our Washington, DC office. Legal interns are exposed to a wide range of legal research and writing projects, including amicus briefs, pleadings in affirmative lawsuits, practice advisories, legislative analyses, legal memoranda, and/or comments on proposed immigration regulations. Interns also assist with the National Immigration Project’s outreach and advocacy work.
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NIPNLG Submits Comment Opposing Expanded Expedited Removal Rule

September 18, 2019 – NIPNLG submitted public comment in response to the DHS request regarding the Designating Aliens for Expedited Removal rule, 84 Fed. Reg. 35409 (Jul. 23, 2019). According to Law Fellow, Amber Qureshi (pictured left), "the Rule will have immediate and longlasting effects on the equal protection, due process and statutory rights of individuals subject to expedited removal. DHS must halt implementation of the expansion of expedited removal immediately, and take steps to ameliorate the well-documented problems in the expedited removal process as it existed prior to the Rule."
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NIPNLG Announces Recipients of the 2019 Carol W. King and Daniel Levy Awards

September 9, 2019 – During the NLG Convention in Durham, NC, NIPNLG will honor Denyse Sabagh with the 2019 Carol Weiss King Award. NIPNLG will also honor IRAP, the International Refugee Assistance Project, with the 2019 Daniel Levy Award.
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NIPNLG Announces Sirine Shebaya as its Next Executive Director

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August 9, 2019 – Shebaya Joins with New Board Leadership, Including Carlos Moctezuma García as Chair of the Board. She is a long-time immigrants’ rights activist and civil rights lawyer who brings with her a wealth of experience working with and for immigrant communities of color, using litigation and legal advocacy tools to fight back against oppressive, racially discriminatory immigration enforcement policies.
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A Letter from Carlos Moctezuma García, Board Chair

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August 9, 2019 – I am excited to announce that Sirine Shebaya will serve as the next Executive Director of NIPNLG. After an exhaustive nationwide search and careful review of extremely talented candidates, the Board of Directors chose Sirine to lead the organization. I’m also excited to announce that I have stepped in as the new Chair of the Board of Directors.
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Resistance Lawyering: Fighting for Immigrant Communities and the Rule of Law

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July 31, 2019 – SAVE THE DATE! Join us on October 16 in Durham, NC to learn about innovative strategies to address the Trump administration’s continued assault on immigrant communities and the rule of law. NIPNLG presents its Fall 2019 CLE/Continuing Legal Education seminar during the annual NLG Convention #Law4thePeople.
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NIPNLG to Honor Lisa Brodyaga and Al Otro Lado at AILA

May 2, 2019 – Please join NIPNLG in paying tribute to two extraordinary honorees on the frontlines fighting injustice every day. Lisa Brodyaga has represented asylum seekers and other immigrants, and U.S. citizens, since 1978. Al Otro Lado is a non-profit providing cross-border legal services to refugees, deportees, and other migrants in Tijuana, Mexico and throughout Southern CA.
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We’re Hiring!

May 1, 2019 – NIPNLG is hiring! »

Federal Court Blocks Trump’s Termination of Humanitarian Status for Haitians

April 12, 2019 –Plaintiffs win preliminary injunction on claims that Trump violated federal statute and Equal Protection Clause in terminating humanitarian Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for tens of thousands of Haitians currently residing lawfully in the United States.

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Ilyce Shugall Selected As NIPNLG’s Next Executive Director

March 13, 2019 –The Board of NIPNLG announced its selection of Ilyce Shugall as the next Executive Director of the organization. Ilyce is a long-time immigrants’ rights advocate and former director of the immigration program at a community-based legal services organization in East Palo Alto, California.

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Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: The Fight to End 287G in Charlotte and Beyond

March 1, 2019 –Join us for a discussion on March 14th with some of the community organizers and lawyers who fought to end ICE collaboration in Mecklenburg County and currently fighting ICE retaliatory raids targeting the community for ending such collaboration.

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Outside Federal Court, Haitian Immigrants and Allies Decry Racism in Trump Decision to Terminate TPS for Haitians

January 7, 2019 – Haitian immigrants affected by the Trump administration's termination of TPS, along with Haitian community members, elected officials, faith and labor leaders and immigration advocates spoke out about the importance and possible impact of a critical lawsuit against the Trump administration over TPS termination for Haiti on Monday morning outside the federal courthouse in Brooklyn where the trial began today.

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Haitian Immigrants and Allies Decry Trump Termination of TPS at Opening of Federal Trial to Halt Possible Deportations

January 7, 2019 – Federal trial begins Monday, January 7, 2019 to protect more than 50,000 immigrants and their families from being forcibly separated by deportation.

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Deportation of Domestic Violence Survivor Halted After ICE Arrest at Courthouse

November 27, 2018 – The Charlotte Immigration Court terminated the deportation case of domestic violence survivor Maria (last name withheld) with the support of ICE. Termination of her deportation proceedings will allow Maria to remain with family and community, including her two young children, and pursue immigration relief as a key witness and victim of crime.
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Lawsuit Goes Forward Alleging Unlawful Conduct by Trump Officials Seeking to Deport Over 50,000 U.S. Haitians

November 13, 2018 – Today a federal judge in the Eastern District of New York ruled that a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for U.S. Haitians should go forward, rejecting the government’s motion to dismiss. Judge Kuntz issued his ruling after holding a two hour hearing.
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New Report: Three Ways DC Can Improve its “Sanctuary City” Policies to #AbolishICE from the City

November 1, 2018 – Mijente and NIPNLG released a new report that exposes the major ways that DC participates in raids and deportations of its community members, and calls on DC officials and community to end its collaboration as a concrete step towards the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
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NIPNLG Receives Law for the People Award from the National Lawyers Guild

October 31, 2018 – At the #Law4thePeople Convention from October 31-Nov. 4, 2018, NIPNLG was thrilled to be honored by the National Lawyers Guild with the Law for the People Award. The awards ceremony took place at the Conference in Portland, OR at the Benson Hotel.
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NIPNLG Announces Recipients of the 2018 Carol W. King and Daniel Levy Awards

October 30, 2018 – Annie Benson, Senior Attorney of the Washington State Defenders Association was awarded Carol W. King Award. Mijente, a digital and grassroots hub for Latinx and Chicanx movement building and organizing, was awarded the Daniel Levy Award.
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NIPNLG and Partners Launch New Toolkit to Fight Detention and Deportation

October 25, 2018 – NIPNLG, together with the #ReleaseMN8 campaign, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), and the University of Minnesota James H. Binger Center of New Americans, today launches the Southeast Asian American Solidarity Toolkit: A Guide to Resisting Detentions and Deportations from the #ReleaseMN8 Campaign. This one-of-a-kind resource provides organizing, advocacy, and legal tools, tips, and resources to support families whose loved ones are facing detention and removal.
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Lawsuit Seeks to Stop Retaliation against Immigrant Rights Activists

October 25, 2018 – Today, NIPNLG and the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine filed a lawsuit on behalf of NWDC Resistance, Detention Watch Network, and the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites in the Western District of Washington to stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) unconstitutional policy of retaliating against undocumented immigrants engaged in First Amendment-protected advocacy in support of immigrants’ rights.

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New Report: Who’s Behind ICE? The Tech Companies Fueling Deportations

October 25, 2018 – NIPNLG, Mijente, and the Immigrant Defense Project announce a new report that focuses on how tech companies and contracts are fueling immigration enforcement and highlights the long history of the technology industry’s “revolving door” relationship with federal agencies, how the technology industry and its products and services are now actually circumventing city- and state-level protections for vulnerable communities, and what we can do to expose and hold these actors accountable.

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Challenging a “Tier III” Terrorism Determination in Removal Proceedings

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) practices with respect to Tier III terrorist organizations are inconsistent, lacking in transparency, and harmful to noncitizens seeking immigration relief. This practice advisory will address three potential ways respondents can challenge Tier III determinations in removal proceedings.

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Wellness and Self-care for Immigration Professionals

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July 26, 2018 – Experiencing Vicarious Trauma. Ten Things to Remember, a podcast from Penelope Young Andrade, LCSW. Direct legal work with clients can be both rewarding and emotionally challenging. When working with individuals who have experienced trauma -- whether at the border, in a detention center, or elsewhere -- it is important to be aware of your own emotional responses.
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Congress Must Decriminalize Migration in Order to End Family Separation

July 11, 2018 – NIPNLG and more than 200 immigrant, faith, racial justice, and criminal justice allies issued a call to Congress to decriminalize migration by repealing the laws that make migration a crime-8 U.S.C. 1325 and 8 U.S.C. 1326. Federal laws that punish “unlawful entry” and “illegal re-entry” are the legal weapons behind the heart-breaking separation of parents and children by the Trump administration.
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Oppose Anti-Immigrant #poisonbills in the House


NIPNLG and its Immigrant Justice Network partners vehemently oppose the Ryan and Goodlatte anti-immigrant criminalization bills (HR 4760 and Ryan immigration bill). For analysis, talking points, social media toolkit, and voting recommendations visit

Program Book for AILA: Raha Jorjani


Raha Jorjani is an Immigration Defense Attorney with the Office of the Alameda County Public Defender in Oakland, California, and directs California’s first public defender Immigration Representation Unit. She was our honoree at AILA in San Francisco.

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Practice Advisory: Terminating Removal Proceedings for Activists Targeted for Political Speech

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This practice advisory provides information and background on Motions to Terminate removal proceedings based on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) violation of agency regulations.

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NIPNLG Surveillance Newsletter, June 2018

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A collection of surveillance and enforcement information that impacts immigrants. This edition examines new policies from DHS focused on the interior, and also includes a section on social media collection at the border, as the Administration has announced major new initiatives.

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Comments on Notice of a New System of Records: DHS/ALL-041 External Biometric Records (EBR) System of Records

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May 23, 2018 – The EBR is a new system of records that “allows the DHS to receive, maintain,and disseminate biometric and associated biographic information from non-DHS entities, both foreign and domestic...pursuant to formal or informal information sharing agreements or arrangements (“external information”) or with the express approval of the entity from which the Department received biometric and association biographic information.

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Statement to the Senate Immigration Subcommittee


May 23, 2018 – Statement by NIPNLG, ACLU, Immigrant Justice Network, Immigrant Defense Project, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, National Immigrant Justice Center, and the Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration “TVPRA and Exploited Loopholes Affecting Unaccompanied Alien Children”

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Vote “No” on The First Step Act

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May 22, 2018 – NIPNLG joins with other organizations urging representatives to Vote “No” in the following statement: “On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the 108 undersigned organizations, we write to urge you to vote NO on The FIRST STEP Act (H.R.5682). While well intentioned, this bill takes a misguided approach to reforming our federal justice system.”

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New Emails and New Memo Reveal New Depths of DHS and DOS’ Lawless Actions in Terminating TPS for Haitians

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May 15, 2018 – NIPNLG announced the release of additional emails and documents from DHS, particularly US Citizenship and Immigration Services, obtained through our FOIA litigation. DHS supplanted the mandatory process proscribed under our laws with a politicized fishing expedition to paint all Haitians as criminals and unauthorized immigrants.
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Download memo issued by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic Staff »

NIPNLG Proudly Announces its 2018 Member Honoree, Raha Jorjani

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May 15, 2018 – NIPNLG proudly announces its recognition of member Raha Jorjani at its annual member reception at the 2018 AILA convention. Jorjani is an Immigration Defense Attorney with the Office of the Alameda County Public Defender in Oakland, CA, and directs California’s first public defender Immigration Representation Unit.
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Sessions v. Dimaya: U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Unconstitutional Statute, Upholding Due Process Rights for Noncitizens

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April 19, 2018 – The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision to stop the federal government from sweeping noncitizens unfairly into removal (deportation) proceedings under an enduring but constitutionally vague legal statute. That statute, known as 18 U.S.C. §16(b), according to the Court, fails to meet the minimum test for fairness and due process under the law, and was therefore struck down. Justice Neil Gorsuch cast the deciding vote.
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Sample Statutory Motion to Reconsider and Terminate Removal Proceedings in Light of Sessions v. Dimaya »

NIPNLG v. DHS: Records Regarding the Termination of TPS for Haiti

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April 17, 2018 – USCIS Director who Removed “Nation of Immigrants” from Mission Found Directly Contradicting Agency’s Report. Documents released today as a result of Freedom of Information Act litigation present new evidence in the multiple lawsuits accusing the Trump administration of racial animus and violation of required procedures in its cancellation of temporary protected status for Haitians.

Download the complaint » (January 2018)
Read the press release » (April 17, 2018)
Download documents produced by DHS and DOS in response to the FOIA request and litigation » (April 16, 2018)
Download emails produced by DHS in response to the FOIA request and litigation » (April 16, 2018)

berks countyAsylum-Seeking Families Detained at Berks Seek to Intervene in State Licensing Case

April 11, 2018 – Families and legal representatives say interests not adequately represented by state agency. The Berks prison is one of only three in the country in which immigrant parents and children are incarcerated together, and it is the only one that had a state-issued license to operate.

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