How We Advocate

The impact of individual legal representation can be amplified by aggregating successes, failures, and case histories for use in both impact litigation and national advocacy campaigns. 

Through integrated research, advocacy, litigation, and communication strategies, the Justice Campaign documents how enforcement policies are impacting detained immigrants, their families, and our communities. At the same time, we challenge unlawful government action, defend due process, and demand greater transparency and accountability. We leverage pro bono representation by translating and analyzing often-complex issues for advocates, policymakers, media, and the general public.

We understand that for many volunteers, taking on an individual case leads to an interest in advocating for reform in the immigration system. We connect our nationwide network of Justice Campaign volunteers to local and national groups fighting for fairness and justice for immigrants and provide volunteers with tools to engage a range of advocacy activities.

Fighting the Detention of Pregnant Women

Press Release

Civil and Human Rights Organizations File Joint Complaint Against DHS on Behalf of Pregnant Women Detained by ICE

September 26, 2017

AILA joined six other organizations filing a joint complaint today concerning ICE’s treatment of pregnant women in detention, highlighting inhumane conditions, inadequate medical care and failure to implement agency policy limiting the detention of pregnant women. Read More »

Administrative Complaint

Increasing Numbers of Pregnant Women Facing Harm in Detention

September 26, 2017

To the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General and Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties RE: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Detention and Treatment of Pregnant Women. Read More »

Blog Post

Why Are More Pregnant Women Being Held in ICE Detention?

September 26, 2017

By Katie Shepherd, National Advocacy Counsel, AILA/Council Immigration Justice Campaign. Read More »

Fighting the Forced Separation of Families at the Border

On December 11, 2017, the Campaign joined with partners to file a complaint with DHS’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) and Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on behalf of families – including parents from their minor children – forcibly separated in immigration custody at the border.  This complaint documents an alarming number of asylum-seeking families who traveled to the U.S. together but were separated by immigration officials, with few mechanisms to locate or contact their family members in detention. The separation not only inflicts enormous trauma on children and parents, but also undermines a family’s ability to mount a joint legal defense.

Press release

Joint Complaint Filed with DHS on Behalf of Families Forcibly Separated in CBP Custody

December 11, 2017

American Immigration Lawyers Association


Complaint Documents 15 Cases of Family Separation at the Border

December 11, 2017.

Filed with Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

Blog Post

"The Trump Administration Is Separating Children From Asylum-Seeking Parents at the Border”

December 11, 2017.

Immigration Impact. Katie Shepherd, National Advocacy Counsel, AILA/Council Immigration Justice Campaign.


“To curb illegal border crossings, Trump administration weighs new measures targeting families”

December 21, 2017.

Washington Post


“Trump Administration Considers Separating Families to Combat Illegal Immigration”

December 21, 2017.

New York Times


“Trump administration considering family separation policy for asylum seekers”

December 22, 2017.

The Independent

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