National Advocacy & Research Organizations

National Advocacy & Research Organizations

American Civil Liberties Union, Immigrants’ Rights Project

Provides access to ACLU materials relating to immigration, including “Briefing Papers” and position statements. Link to an archive of materials presented to Congress via correspondence or in-person testimony.

Asian American Justice Center

Learn about the work of the only national legal advocacy organization that works to protect and advance the civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans.

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

View current and past issues of APIAHF’s Policy Updates. Contains background information for the group’s projects, including the API Health Information Network, and Asian and Pacific Islanders’ California Action Network.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Well organized site that contains an extensive selection of CBPP reports drawn from all the areas of their expertise in policy issues affecting low- and moderate-income persons. Most documents are downloadable in their entirety as either web files (HTML) or portable document format files (PDF).

Center for Law and Social Policy

Download the past two issues of CLASP Update (reports on welfare reform developments). Extensive publications library contains complete text of CLASP reports on TANF, Child Care and Support, Legal Services for the Poor, and other topics.

Children’s Defense Fund

Contains links to CDF reports and analyses of issues relating to the impact of poverty on children.

Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse (Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO)

Download documents relating to civil rights cases, particularly injunctive and class-action cases.  The immigration portion of the collection focuses on relatively recent class actions and cases involving large numbers of plaintiffs — e.g., suits about immigration detention conditions, civil rights violations during workplace raids, allegations of RICO violations by employers of undocumented workers.

Food Research Action Center

View FRAC’s descriptions of federal food programs (Food Stamps, WIC, School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program). Contains statistical profiles regarding hunger, poverty, and unemployment rate data for all 50 states.

Immigration Advocates Network

IAN is a free national online network that supports legal advocates working on behalf of immigrants’ rights. Resources available: Library, Podcasts, Calendar, Agency Watch, Listservs, Videos, Alerts, Webinars, News, Member Search.

Immigration Law Help

Immigration Law Help was designed to address the lack of reliable information available to low-income immigrants by providing an easy-to-use online directory of legal services providers. In addition to the ability to search for nonprofit legal services by state, county, and detention facility, the website allows users to find organizations by languages spoken, types of legal and other services provided, and specific areas of legal assistance. It is available in English and Spanish.

Immigration Policy Center   

IPC is the research arm of the American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF). IPC was established in 2003 with the mission to provide policymakers, academics, the media, and the general public with access to accurate information about the effects of immigration on the U.S. economy and society.

Interfaith Worker Justice   

Interfaith Worker Justice calls upon religious values in order to educate, organize, and mobilize the religious community in the U.S. on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and working conditions for workers, especially low-wage workers.

Migration Policy Institute

MPI is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC, dedicated to analysis of the movement of people worldwide.

National Center for Law and Economic Justice

NCLEJ uses a coordinated strategy of impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and support for low-income grassroots groups to: uphold the right to fair treatment; protect the civil rights of low-income people; and support community empowerment.

National Center for Youth Law

Download selected NCYL analyses and reports examining health, child welfare, public benefits, and other issues in PDF format.

National Council of La Raza

The official web site of the nation’s largest constituency-based Hispanic organization that works to reduce poverty and discrimination, and improve life opportunities for all Hispanic Americans.  Contains capsule descriptions of major policy issues affecting Hispanics and NCLR’s position on them.

National Employment Law Project

Download fact sheets and issue briefs addressing NELP’s major project areas: Immigrant Worker Project, Nonstandard Worker Project, Unemployment Insurance Safety Net Project, Welfare & Low-Wage Worker Project, and Work & Family Project.

National Health Law Program

Download NHeLP analyses examining the Balanced Budget Act, Medicaid, Immigration, Managed Care, and State & Local Health Care. Contains extensive California-specific links to resources useful to health care advocates.

National Immigration Forum

Contains NIF’s analyses of current issues in immigration as well as “Immigration Facts,” a series of short papers featuring useful statistical and historical information relating to topics such as “The A,B,Cs of U.S. Immigration,” “Immigration Chronology,” “Facts on Immigrants and Public Benefits,” and more.

National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration Project

Features a “Brief Bank Index,” a collection of capsule descriptions of immigration law cases currently indexed by case name, with a subject index soon to follow. The complete text of these briefs can be ordered from NIP.

National Legal Aid and Defender Association

Contains useful information for NLADA members, including NLADA’s training calendar, access to Civil Brief (NLADA’s electronic newsletter), and an extensive collection of materials examiningPhillips v. Washington Legal Foundation, the Supreme Court case regarding the use of IOLTA funds.

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Offers extensive coverage of issues relating to INS raids and the militarization of the border. Download the past five issues of the INS Raids Bulletin, NNIRR’s bi-monthly newsletter covering INS actions throughout the nation.  Also available in Spanish.

National Senior Citizens Law Center

Download selected articles and other materials addressing substantive areas on which NSCLC works, including Social Security/SSI, Medicaid, Balanced Budget Act of 1997, and others.

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Visitors can register for access to the Center’s Poverty Law Library, which contains over 500,000 case documents from over 50,000 cases filed by poverty law advocates for over 25 years. View selected articles from recent Clearinghouse Review issues.  Join the Center’s on-line discussion forums covering topics such as “Teens and TANF,” “Poverty Law,” “Technology and Legal Research” and more.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse

TRAC Immigration is “your source for comprehensive, independent and nonpartisan information about U.S. federal immigration enforcement.”

Urban Institute

Offers a generous selection of Policy Briefs and Occasional Reports for downloading. Visitors can also view the products of UI’s “Assessing the New Federalism” project, including its on-line database of statistics detailing information on the fifty states and District of Columbia, in areas such as income security, health, child well-being, and social services.