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Many of the U.S. legal system’s most rampant injustices project beyond the nation’s borders, and especially to those either side of the border who are caught up in the immigration system, a longstanding site of racialized abuse and injustice. Justice Catalyst supports efforts to remedy the system’s injustices, end the system of massive immigration detention, and to bring dignity to all who seek the protection of U.S. law.

ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project

The ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project is dedicated to expanding and enforcing the civil liberties and civil rights of immigrants and to combating public and private discrimination against them.

Al Otro Lado

Al Otro Lado provides legal and humanitarian support to migrants on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Alessandra Stevens
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Alessandra Stevens is a 2022-2023 Justice Catalyst Fellow combatting the labor abuse to deportation pipeline with Sur Legal Collaborative.

Alexis Bay
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Alexis Bay is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Texas Civil Rights Project using community lawyering to address issues of mistreatment of immigrants in detention.

Amy Tamayo
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Amy Tamayo is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Centro de Los Derechos del Migrante working with migrant worker women to challenge discrimination and harassment women face in U.S. employment.

Asylum Seekers Advocacy Project

ASAP works alongside our members — thousands of asylum seekers — to make this vision a reality. Its model has three components: community support, emergency legal aid, and nationwide systemic reform.

Carolyn O'Connor
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Carolyn O'Connor is a 2019-2020 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Texas Civil Rights Project supporting communities impacted by the border wall and representing asylum seekers.

Chelsea Gabriela Tejada
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Chelsea Gabriela Tejada is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst Fellow at the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project working to protect the rights of noncitizen immigrants in government custody.

Chris Opila
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Chris Opila is a 2022-2023 Justice Catalyst Fellow challenging USCIS resettlement adjudication policies with the International Refugee Assistance Project.

Christopher Owens
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Christopher Owens is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Al Otro Lado's Border Rights Project using strategic litigation to secure the individual right to apply for asylum.

David Chen
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David Chen is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst Fellow at the ACLU Immigrants Rights Project designing and executing a nationwide strategy to enforce state law limitations on the authority of local law enforcement to detain immigrants in cooperation with ICE.

Elizabeth Lewis
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Elizabeth Lewis is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Beyond Legal Aid working with community-based organizations to support LGBTQI+ immigrants.

Ginger Cline
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Ginger Cline is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Al Otro Lado using impact litigation to defend the rights of asylum-seeking individuals.

Hayden Rodarte
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Hayden Rodarte is a 2019-2020 Justice Catalyst Fellow at the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights building a unique accountability model for addressing civil and human rights abuses in immigration detention at the border.

Immigrant Defense Project

IDP fights to end the current era of unprecedented mass criminalization, detention and deportation through a multipronged strategy including advocacy, litigation, legal advice and training, community defense, grassroots alliances, and strategic communications.

Innovation Law Lab

Innovation Law Lab harnesses the power of technology, law, and activism to end mass incarceration in secret jails.

John Giammatteo
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John Giammatteo is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Lutheran Social Services of New York's Immigration Legal Program coordinating the Second Circuit Asylum Monitoring Project.

Joseph Meyers
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Joseph Meyers is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst Fellow at the National Lawyers Guild's National Immigration Project challenging unconstitutional police practices at the border.

Joseph Niver
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Joseph Niver is a 2022-2023 Justice Catalyst Fellow working to address systemic employment violations in the logistics industry with Make the Road New Jersey.

Julie Pittman
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Julie Pittman is a 2019-2020 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Centro de Los Derechos del Migrante working with low-wage migrant workers to hold their employers accountable.

Justice Action Center

Justice Action Center is a new nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting for greater justice for immigrant communities by combining litigation and storytelling.

Kathleen Rivas
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Kathleen Rivas is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Public Counsel's Immigrants' Rights Project combatting notario fraud in Los Angeles' immigrant community.

Kelly Miller
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Kellly Miller is a 2019-2020 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Advancing Justice providing legal services to detained immigrants and developing new strategies to serve their non-legal needs.

Kyle Barron
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Kyle Barron is a 2019-2020 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Brooklyn Defender Services working for the immediate release of detained noncitizens facing deportation and developing rapid response models.

Lauren Michel Wilfong
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Lauren Michel Wilfong is a 2021-2022 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Justice Action Center working with detained people to challenge the legality of their immigration detention by fostering a rapid response habeas network, and creating a digital hub to support habeas

Lee Ann Felder-Heim
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Lee Ann Felder Heim is a 2021-2022 Justice Catalyst Fellow at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area working to stop private, for-profit prison corporations from harming detained immigrants in their custody, hold them accountable

Ming Tanigawa-Lau
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Ming Tanigawa-Lau is a 2021-2022 Justice Catalyst Fellow at the Asylum Seekers Advocacy Project building the first asylum-seeker-led systemic reform program in the United States.

Molly Linhorst
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Molly Linhorst is a 2019-2021 Justice Catalyst Fellow at ACLU of New Jersey challenging egregious immigration conditions at county-run facilities.

Mudassar Toppa
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Mudassar Toppa is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst Fellow at the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility (CLEAR) Project providing legal representation to U.S. Muslims and other constituencies targeted by government agencies under the guise of "national security" and "counterterrorism."

Mustafa (Isaac) Filat
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Mustafa Isaac Filat is a 2022-2023 Justice Catalyst Fellow protecting the data privacy of California's immigrant communities with Public Counsel.

National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers' Guild

The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) is a national non-profit organization that provides technical assistance and support to community-based immigrant organizations, legal practitioners, and all advocates seeking and working to advance the rights of noncitizens.

Patrick Baker
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Patrick Baker is a 2018-2019 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Immigrant Defense Project challenging abusive immigration enforcement practices in New York state.

Priya Sreenivasan
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Priya Sreenivasan is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst Fellow with Project South using law and advocacy to challenge immigrant incarceration.

Rosa Lee Bichell
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Rosa Lee Bichell is a 2019-2020 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Disability Rights Advocates identifying and supporting people with disabilities in immigration detention.

Santa Fe Dreamers Project

Santa Fe Dreamers Project provides free legal services to immigrants to promote economic empowerment, community development, family unity, and liberation from detention.

Stacy Ham
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Stacy Ham is a 2019-2020 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Legal Aid Justice Center seeking a remedy through impact litigation for immigrant children who were recently released from detention facilities.

Stephanie Alvarez-Jones
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Stephanie Alvarez-Jones is a 2019-2020 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid documenting and challenging conditions for immigrant mothers and children while coordinating a rapid-response team against abrupt immigration policy changes.

Sur Legal Collaborative

Sur Legal Collaborative seeks to democratize legal knowledge so that immigrant and working-class communities are empowered with the resources necessary to advocate for their rights and continue to lead us in the struggle for a more just society.

Tess Hellgren
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Tess Hellgren is a 2019-2020 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Innovation Law Lab using impact litigation and legal resources to enhance innovative models of massive collaborative representation in immigration court.

Trillium Chang
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Trillium Chang is a 2021-2022 Justice Catalyst Fellow with Innovation Law Lab working to ensure that detained asylum seekers in the Deep South have legal representation by leveraging data analysis to inform efforts and by activating pro bono counsel nationwide.