Advocacy Resources

Civil Rights Violations Complaint Campaign

NILC, the ACLU Immigrant Rights Project, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, and the Rights Working Grouphave developed a sample civil rights violations complaint form and instructions to document abuses occurring under the various immigration enforcement programs, not just by federal officials but also by local law enforcement officers. This form is for use by groups and individuals interested in documenting such abuses and lodging complaints with the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Dept. of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. Detailed instructions on how to fill out the complaint form and where to send copies are included in the packet.  For more information, contact NILC’s Melissa Keaney (keany[at]

Facts and Recommendations About Immigration Enforcement

These fact sheets summarize chapters of the Migration Policy Institute’s report Immigration Enforcement in the United States: The Rise of a Formidable Machinery and provide NILC’s recommendations with respect to the immigration enforcement issues discussed in each chapter.

Prosecutorial Discretion–related Resources
Arrest & Detention–related Resources