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 15 states and 38 different cities. Since inception, IJC Fellows have substantially increased the capacity of 80+ non-profit organizations

Over 90% of the Justice Fellows who have graduated from the fellowship program have secured employment practicing immigration law.

New Jersey
Manhattan
The Bronx
Brooklyn
Staten Island
Queens
Long Island
Westchester County
Bronx Defenders
Part of the Solution (POTS)
Project Hospitality
City Bar Justice Center
Immigration Equality
Legal Aid Society
Legal Services NY
New York Legal Assistance Group
The Door
Urban Justice Center
Brooklyn Defender Services
Brooklyn Public Library
Center for Family Life
Central American Legal Asisstance
Chinese American Planning Council
Make The Road NY
Mexican Consulate
Arab American Association NY
Atlas DIY
Catholic Charities Community Services
Empire Justice Center
Faith In New York
Human Rights First
Kids in Need of Defense
MinKwon
Neighborhood Defender Service
Pace Community Law Practice
Public Health Solutions
Safe Horizon
American Friends Service Committee
Catholic Migration Services
Catholic Migration Services
Immigrant Justice Corps AWC Project
Lutheran Social Services
Queens Public Library
Safe Passage Project
Sauti Yetu
New York 37 organizations 33 organizations
61 fellows
27 organizations
59 fellows
25 organizations
52 fellows
25 organizations
46 fellows
22 organizations
41 fellows
Connecticut 1 organization
2 fellows
2 organizations
4 fellows
New Jersey 2 organizations 4 organizations
8 fellows
3 organizations
4 fellows
2 organizations
4 fellows
1 organization
1 fellow
Texas 1 organization 1 organization
2 fellows
3 organizations
5 fellows
4 organizations
7 fellows
3 organizations
8 fellows
4 organizations
8 fellows
Maryland 1 organization
3 fellows
1 organization
2 fellows
1 organization
9 fellows
1 organization
8 fellows
1 organization
2 fellows
Florida 1 organization
2 fellows
2 organizations
3 fellows
2 organizations
5 fellows
2 organizations
3 fellows
2 organizations
2 fellows
California 3 organizations
3 fellows
4 organizations
4 fellows
3 organizations
3 fellows
3 organizations
4 fellows
Arizona 1 organization
1 fellow
2 organizations
2 fellows
Minnesota 1 organization
2 fellows
Nevada 1 organization
1 fellow
1 organization
2 fellows
Virginia 1 organization
1 fellow
1 organization
2 fellows
Louisiana 2 organizations
3 fellows
3 organizations
4 fellows
Georgia 1 organization
1 fellow
Illinois 1 organization
2 fellows
New Mexico 1 fellow
Pennsylvania 1 organization
2 fellows
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
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
41
Fellows
77
States
4
Locations
  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas
Host Organizations
41
Fellows
78
States
6
Locations
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas
Host Organizations
44
Fellows
83
States
10
Locations
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas
Host Organizations
42
Fellows
86
States
10
Locations
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Maryland
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Virginia
Host Organizations
42
Fellows
78
States
11
Locations
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Virginia
Host Organizations
44
Fellows
76
States
15
Locations
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Virginia

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.

Since inception, IJC has mobilized 327 Fellows (240 lawyers and 87 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 256 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 10,000 complex cases and nearly 90% of cases completed have had successful outcomes, avoiding deportation and separation of families.

20k
Total cases closed to date
$4.6mil
In application fee waivers secured on behalf of low-income clients
90k
Total immigrants and family members served to date by Justice and Community Fellows