Advocacy Groups

American Immigration Lawyers Association

Founded in 1946, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is a national bar association of over 5,200 attorneys who practice and teach immigration law.  AILA Member attorneys represent tens of thousands of U.S. businesses and industries, foreign students, entertainers, athletes, and asylum seekers, often on a pro bono basis. AILA is an Affiliated Organization of the American Bar Associations
Center for Applied Linguistics
CAL is a private, non-profit organization: a group of scholars and educators who use the findings of linguistics and related sciences in identifying and addressing language-related problems.  CAL carries out a wide range of activities including research, teacher education, analysis and dissemination of information, design and development of instructional materials, technical assistance, conference planning, program evaluation, and policy analysis.
Immigration Lawyers On the Web
Immigration Lawyers On The Web (ILW) was created in 1995 with the goal of becoming a key Internet source for immigration lawyers and immigration law.  This site contains a directory of over 600 immigration lawyers (searchable by language, state, and specialty), has daily and weekly newsletters on immigration news, offers immigration forms, and offers forums and chats with lawyers and immigrants.  Founded primarily by immigration lawyers, ILW is uniquely designed to offer knowledgeable, quality services to both lawyers and those who are seeking immigration help.
InterAction:  The American Council for Voluntary International Action is the nation's largest coalition of international development, disaster relief and refugee assistance agencies.  With more than 160 members operating in over 100 countries, InterAction works to overcome poverty, exclusion and suffering by advancing social justice and basic dignity for all.  For information about refugees enter refugee in the subject search.
Lawyer's Committee for Human Rights
Since 1978, the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights has worked to protect and promote fundamental human rights.  Its work is impartial, holding all governments accountable to the standards affirmed in the International Bill of Human Rights.  Its programs focus on building the legal institutions and structures that will guarantee human rights in the long term.  Strengthening independent human rights advocacy at the local level is a key feature of its work.
National Immigration Forum
The purpose of the National Immigration Forum is to embrace and uphold America's tradition as a nation of immigrants.  The Forum advocates and builds public support for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees and that are fair and supportive to newcomers in our country.
Refugee Council USA
Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) is a coalition of U.S. non-governmental organizations focused on refugee protection.  RCUSA provides advocacy on issues affecting the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, displaced persons, victims of trafficking, and victims of torture in the United States and across the world.  The coalition also serves as the principal consultative forum for the national refugee resettlement and processing agencies as they formulate common positions, conduct their relations with the U.S. government and other partners, and support and enhance refugee service standards.
Refugees International
Refugees International is a Washington based advocacy organization that serves as a voice for humanitarian action.  Founded in response to the forced repatriation of thousands of Indochinese refugees in 1979, Refugees International is a non-governmental organization serving refugees, displaced persons, and other disposed people around the world.
U.S. Committee For Refugees
USCR was founded in 1958 to coordinate the United States' participation in the United Nations' International Refugee Year (1959).  In the years since its formation, USCR has worked for refugee protection and assistance in all regions of the world.  USCR is a non-profit organization.  Recognizing the uniquely vulnerable condition of the refugee, USCR strives to make sure that when refugees flee, they have a place to flee to; that governments defend refugees' basic human rights, and that refugees are give a voice.