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IJC elevates Jojo Annobil to CEO

In a major step forward for immigrant justice, Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC), the first and only fellowship exclusively dedicated to increasing legal representation for immigrants announces the elevation of its long-time Executive Director Jojo Annobil to Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This pivotal move recognizes Jojo’s transformative leadership and IJC’s crucial role in securing legal representation for all immigrants.
The new title reflects the organization’s rapid growth under Annobil’s direction as well as the new management structure designed to foster and sustain IJC’s upward trajectory. Since joining IJC as Executive Director in 2016, Jojo has spearheaded the organization’s national expansion, securing a major federal sub-grant last year, enabling IJC to provide critical legal services to unaccompanied migrant children. Additionally, under his leadership, IJC has forged groundbreaking partnerships with key organizations, further advancing the movement towards universal representation.
A Black immigrant from Ghana, Annobil brings over two decades of frontline experience to the fight for immigrant rights. His vision has transformed IJC from a New York City initiative to a national powerhouse, training over 400 young lawyers and college graduates who serve immigrant communities in more than 20 states. This expansion has filled crucial gaps in legal services, granting hope and justice to over 100,000 immigrants and their families with a staggering 90% success rate on completed cases.
 “Jojo has been instrumental in transforming IJC into an incubator of young talent in immigration law,” said William Zabel, IJC’s Board Chair. “This is a recognition of his extraordinary service and leadership in the growth of IJC serving our country’s vulnerable immigrant communities. We are moving ever closer to achieving our goal of quality legal counsel for all immigrants.”  
Beyond his role at IJC, Annobil actively contributes to the broader movement. He is a graduate of Fordham Law School and currently teaches an Immigrant Defense clinic at New York University School of Law. He also co-chairs the board of advisors at the Feerick Center for Social Justice and serves on the board of Directors of Acacia Center for Justice.

About IJC 
The first and only fellowship of its kind, Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC) identifies promising lawyers and advocates passionate about immigration, places them with legal services and community-based organizations where they can make the greatest difference and supports them with training and expert insights as they directly assist immigrants in need.