Our Impact

Founded in 2014, IJC has grown to a national footprint and championed a new model for serving immigrant families.

America’s immigration laws are extraordinarily complex, making the price of admission high, unjust, and inhumane.

Unlike criminal and family court proceedings, immigrants facing deportation in immigration court do not have a right to counsel if they cannot afford one. Those with representation are six times more likely to see a successful outcome.

Immigrant Justice Corps works to both empower new lawyers and advocates to join the immigration field and address the urgent need for direct legal services. IJC Fellows represent immigrants free of charge, delivering a 93% success rate in completed cases.

Increasing access to legal counsel.

Permanently expanding the pool of immigration legal talent.

From an initial class of 35 Fellows in the New York City area, IJC has scaled to 11 states and 33 different cities. IJC Fellows have substantially increased the capacity of 42+ non-profit organizations

92% of the 100 Justice Fellows who have graduated from the fellowship program have secured employment practicing immigration law.

Host Organizations
18
Fellows
35
States
1
Locations
  • Bronx
  • Brooklyn
  • Manhattan
  • Staten Island
Host Organizations
30
Fellows
70
States
2
Locations
  • Bronx
  • Brooklyn
  • Elizabeth
  • Long Island
  • Manhattan
  • Newark
  • Queens
  • Staten Island
  • White Plains
Host Organizations
35
Fellows
76
States
2
Locations
  • Bronx
  • Brooklyn
  • Elizabeth
  • Long Island
  • Lower
    Hudson Valley
  • Manhattan
  • Newark
  • Queens
  • Staten Island
  • White Plains
Host Organizations
40
Fellows
77
States
4
Locations
  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas
Host Organizations
38
Fellows
77
States
7
Locations
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Maryland (D.C.)
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Virginia (D.C.)
Host Organizations
49
Fellows
83
States
11
Locations
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Maryland (D.C.)
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Virginia (D.C.)

Recruiting & Training

Building the next generation of immigration lawyers and advocates.

There are more talented, committed new attorneys and advocates that want to pursue immigration law than there are entry points to our field.

IJC recruits among the most promising law students and young advocates around the country, mobilizes them to host organizations where they can directly meet the need for services, and trains them to become experts in immigration law.

IJC’s in-depth Fellow trainings and support include an annual three-week intensive with the nation’s leading immigration law experts and an annual two-day Fellow convening for Fellows to share experiences and best practices.

In our first five years, IJC has mobilized 210 Fellows (150 lawyers and 60 Department of Justice accredited representatives) to host organizations throughout the US. including speakers of more than 20 languages, including Spanish Arabic, Mandarin, French, Haitian Creole, Kiswahili, Hindi and Wolof.

Our 150 member strong alumni network is widely seen as a go-to resource of legal knowledge, expertise and mentorship.

Serving Our Clients.

Providing high-quality legal services for low-income immigrants.

Since its inception, Immigrant Justice Corps has defended immigrants in desperate need of a lawyer, often on a crisis basis. When our government has moved to inhumanely deter immigration through large-scale breaches of due process, we have supported groundswell legal responses to bring justice to harmful policies.

Since 2015, our rapid response trips have taken Fellows to detention centers in Texas and to border-rights work in Tijuana, Mexico.

Our Justice Fellows have opened more than 5,500 complex cases and 92% of cases completed have had successful outcomes, avoiding deportation and separation of families.

17k
Total cases closed to date
$3.9mil
In application fee waivers secured on behalf of low-income clients
75k
Total immigrants and family members served to date by Justice and Community Fellows