BENEFITING: Immigrant Justice Corps Inc
Immigrant Justice Corps is an innovative Fellowship program – the first of its kind in the country – dedicated to meeting the need for high quality legal assistance for immigrants fighting deportation, seeking lawful status and a path to citizenship. IJC pairs talented law and college graduates with leading non-profit organizations, in and around New York City, to help immigrants navigate the complex immigration system. As the next generation of immigration lawyers, IJC Fellows remove barriers to justice and economic opportunity for immigrants pursuing the American dream.
Immigrants and their children make up nearly half of New Yorkers living in poverty. One of the most significant barriers to their advancement is their legal status in the United States. We estimate that with quality legal services, tens of thousands of poor New Yorkers could immediately “upgrade” their legal status – obtaining work permits, green cards, or U.S. citizenship – and thereby get better jobs, financial aid for school, and public benefits.
IJC is the largest expansion of immigration legal services in New York City’s history. Each year IJC selects 25 law graduates and 10 college graduates as Justice and Community fellows, trains them to be experts in immigration, and places them at leading in nonprofit organizations in New York City, Long Island, Lower Hudson Valley and New Jersey for two years serving low-income immigrants. At scale, IJC aims to serve more than 13,000 New York families each year at a cost that is 20 percent lower than other immigration legal services programs. Immigrant Justice Corps empowers a generation of immigration lawyers and advocates, revitalizing a field notorious for its poor quality.