Immigration Resources

Resources by the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center

The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center is hosting Immigration Workshops across the Northwest. Contact us today to set up a workshop!

Resources by SNJM

An SNJM Call to Global Community
This 8-page primer is an introduction to the causes and effects of migration. As an international congregation, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary have a unique lens through which they understand migration and its many forms in an era of globalization. Download now in English, Español, Français, Sesotho, and Português

Immigration Postcards — Immigration stories and reflections in a postcard format.

Immigration Resource Library

Organizations | Pacific Northwest Organizations | Government Organizations | Print Materials | Resources for Teachers | Toolkits & Advocacy Guides | DVDs | Other Media Resources  


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 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.

Center for Migration Studies of New York Think tank and an educational institute devoted to the study of international migration, to the promotion of understanding between immigrants and receiving communities, and to public policies that safeguard the dignity and rights of migrants, refugees and newcomers.

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. 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 Latinos’ 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.

Share the Journey Pope Francis launched Share the Journey, a two-year campaign in September 2017 aimed at raising awareness about migrants and refugees, our brothers and sisters who have fled their homes.

United Church of Christ A Christian 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.

Pacific Northwest Organizations

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.

Government Organizations

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:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services 

U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement

National Conference of State Legislatures Immigrant Policy Project

Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees

Print Materials

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.

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

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

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

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.

Resources for Teachers

Community Education Center – American Immigration Council Works to increase public understanding of immigration policy and to advance 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.

Toolkits & 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. Immigration Reform Fact Sheet

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 Associations of Congregations. Immigration Kit.


All DVDs available to loan from the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center

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. 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.