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Parish Best Practices
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Immigration Resources

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American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants Rights Project
Works to defend the civil and constitutional rights of immigrants through a comprehensive program of impact litigation and public education. Extensive list of current updates, legal and legislative documents.

American Friends Service Committee
A faith based organization working towards social justice, including immigrant rights.

American Immigrant Lawyers Association
National association of attorneys who practice and teach immigration law.

Catholic Legal Immigration Network
CLINIC acts aims to enhance and expand delivery of legal services to indigent and low-income immigrants principally through diocesan immigration programs and to meet the immigration needs identified by the Catholic Church in the United States. The network employs roughly 1,200 attorneys and "accredited" paralegals who, in turn, serve 400,000 low-income immigrants each year. CLINIC and its member agencies represent low-income immigrants without reference to their race, religion, gender, ethnic group, or other distinguishing characteristics.

Detention Watch Network
National coalition of organizations and individuals working to educate the public and policy makers about the U.S. immigration detention and deportation system and advocate for humane reform. View the map of detention centers to find groups organizing visitation programs near you.

Dream Activist
Multicultural, migrant youth-led, social media hub for the movement to pass the DREAM Act and pursue the enactment of other forms of legislation that aim to mend the broken immigration system.

Fair Immigration Reform Movement
A project of the Center for Community Change led by low-income immigrant and non-immigrant grassroots community organizations working for immigration reform and immigrant rights.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center
The ILRC is a national resource center that provides trainings, materials and advocacy to advance immigrant rights. As a legal services organization, the ILRC trains lawyers and paralegals on ever-changing and complex immigration law. They develop leadership by encouraging immigrants to play leading roles in confronting and reshaping the laws and policies that perpetuate racial, economic and social injustice. And they educate and empower those in the immigrant community so that they may organize and advocate for the rights and privileges that best define our democratic traditions.

Justice for Immigrants: The Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform
Works to mobilize a network of Catholic and non-Catholic institutions and people in support of comprehensive immigration reform. Many downloadable fact sheets and advocacy tools for both individuals and organizations.

Immigration Policy Center
Through its research and analysis, IPC provides policymakers, the media, and the general public with accurate information about the role of immigrants and immigration policy on U.S. society.

Interfaith Immigration Coalition
A partnership of faith-based organizations committed to enacting fair and humane immigration reform that reflects our mandate to welcome the stranger and treat all human beings with dignity and respect. Coalition members work together to advocate for just and equitable immigration policies, educate faith communities, and serve immigrant populations around the country.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Provides services and resources related to global migration.

Migration Information Source
Provides a compilation of data and facts from numerous global organizations and governments, and global analysis of international migration and refugee trends.

National Immigrant Justice Center
Dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers; provides direct legal services to and advocates for these populations through policy reform, impact litigation, and public education.

National Immigration Forum
A non-profit advocating and building support for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees and are fair and supportive to newcomers in the United States. Very current immigration information, including policy alerts.

National Immigration Law Center
A non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.

National Immigration Project
A national-level legal advocacy group specializing in defending the rights of immigrants facing deportation and incarceration. Policy updates are available on the homepage.

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
A national alliance working to promote a just immigration policy in the United States and to defend and expand the rights of all immigrants and refugees, regardless of immigration status. Up to date fact sheets and publications.

Pew Hispanic Center
A nonpartisan research organization that seeks to improve understanding of the U.S. Hisapnic population and to chronicle Latino's growing impact on the nation.

Reform Immigration For America
A united national effort that brings together individuals and grassroots organizations with the mission to build support for workable comprehensive immigration reform.

United Church of Christ
A Chirstian response to immigrants. Including resources for worship and Bible study.

U.S. Catholic Bishops and Immigration
A collaboration between the US Bishops' Department of Migration and Refugee Services and the Catholic University of America.

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Migration and Refugee Services
Migration and Refugee Services carries out the commitment of the Roman Catholic bishops of the United States to serve and advocate for immigrants, refugees, migrants, and people on the move.

Northwest Based
Catholic Community Services: Refugee and Immigration Services
A ministry of the Archdiocean Housing Authority, assisting refugees, immigrants and their families.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
A non-profit working to advance the legal rights and dignity of low-income immigrants in Washington State by pursuing and preserving their legal status through legal representation, education and public policy.

One America With Justice For All
Supports and mobilizes targeted immigrant communities and allies to work for human dignity and systemic change. Good source for post-Sept 11th analysis and Seattle-based trainings and resources.

As of March 1, 2003, the Immigration and Naturalization Service was divided into separate agencies and transferred from the Justice Department to the new Department of Homeland Security. The new agencies separate immigration services and enforcement functions. For more information, see:

Print Materials

Archdiocese of Seattle. Pastoral Plan For Hispanic Ministry: From Guests to Hosts, 2007.

Interfaith Worker Justice. For You Were Once a Stranger: Immigration in the U.S. Through the Lens of Faith. 2007.

Jesuit Conference, Kino Border Initiative and Jesuit Refugee Service USA. Documented Failures, The Consequences of Immigration Policy on the U.S.-Mexico Border. 2013

Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Services. Locking Up Family Values: The Detention of Immigrant Families. 2007.

One America & UW Human Rights Center for Human Rights. The Growing Human Rights Crisis Along the Northern Border. 2012

Mother Jones Magazine. 164 Anti-Immigration Laws Passed Since 2010? A MoJo Analysis. 2012

Seattle University School of Law. Voices From Detention: A Report on Human Rights Violations at the Northwest Detention Center, Tacoma, WA. 2008. PDF

US Bishops Pastoral Letter. Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope. 2003.

US Bishops Pastoral Letter. Welcoming the Strangers Among Us: Unity in Diversity. 2000.

US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Unlocking Human Dignity: A Plan to Transform the US Immigrant Detention Systems. 2015.

Washington State Catholic Conference. Call To Unity: Justice in Immigration Policies. 2006. PDF

Resources for Teachers

Community Education Center - American Immigration Council
Works to increase public understanding of immigration policy and to advancing fundamental fairness under the law for immigrants. Excellent resources for teachers with a downloadable curriculum.

Immigration - Stories of Yesterday and Today
Online resources from Scholastic includes stories of immigrant children in history and today and downloadable lesson plans

Tool Kits & Advocacy Guides

Catholic Legal Immigration Network. Tool Kit for Communities to Advocate Against ICE Partnerships with Local Law Enforcement Agencies, 2010.

Justice for Immigrations, US Bishops Conference. Enriching Our Diversity: A Parish Outreach, Education, and Organizing Manual. 2012

Justice for Immigrations, US Bishops Conference. Parish Kit.

Network. Just the Facts: Undocumented Immigrants in America. 2011.

Network. Engaging Impasse on Immigration. 2010.

Network and USCCB. Make Immigration Reform Your Lenten Promise. 2014.

United Methodist Women. How To Guides for Organizing on Behalf of Immigrant Rights.

United States Student Association. Federal Dream Act Organizing Kit, 2009.

Unitarian Universalist Assocations of Congregations. Immigration Kit.

DVDs (Available on loan from IPJC)

De Nadie (2005)
80 minutes. $9.95.
The story of a Central American immigrant's difficult journey to the United States in search of a better life.

Dying to Live: A Migrant's Journey (2005)
33 minutes, $25. Discussion Guide Available.
Dying to Live is a profound look at the human face of the immigrant. It explores who these people are, why they leave their homes and what they face in their journey.

Honoring Human Dignity and the Common Good (2010)
DVD recordings of a Woodstock Theological Center Forum on Immigration with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Gasper Lo Biondo, SJ, Donald Kerwin, Jill Marie Gerschutz and Octavio Gonzalez

Lives for Sale (2007)
A joint production between Maryknoll, Lightfoot Films, Inc. and PBS. 60 minutes. $19.95 from Orbis Books.
A one-hour investigative documentary exposes the painful,rarely seen human side of illegal immigration including the growing black market trade in human beings.

Lost in Detention (2011)
PBS Frontline documentary. 60 minutes. $19.95 from PBS. Investigate's the Obama Administration's immigration enforcement strategies and journeys into the secretive world of immigrant detention.

Sin País (2010)
A documentary which follows the story of the family in California as they are separated by deportation. 20 minutes.

The Least of These (2009)
Documentary on family detention in America. 62 minutes. $19.95
The film explores the government rationale for family detention, conditions at the facility, collateral damage, and the role and limits of community activism in bringing change.

The Other Side of Immigration (2010)
55 min. $19.95. Based on interviews with men and women in the Mexican countryside, this documentary explores why so many people leave small Mexican towns to work in the United States and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind.

Other Media Resources (not available from IPJC)

The New Americans (2004)
Follows four years in the lives of a diverse group of contemporary immigrants and refugees as they journey to start new lives in America. Series Guide and Activity kit available for download.  

Papers (the movie) (2009)
The story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status. 88 minutes.

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