Community Rules, Etiquette, Terms of Use, and Privacy Guidelines

Thank you for being part of our community. To ensure the best possible experience for all members, we have established some basic guidelines for participation.

By joining and using this community, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and guidelines. You also agree to reserve discussions and shared files and content to that best suited to the medium. This is a great medium with which to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation. Questions should be directed to our member services department via the Contact Us link on this site.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines. If you have questions, contact the member services department. In order to preserve an environment that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate membership in this community for anyone who violate these rules.

The Rules

  • Respect others. Focus on the content of posts and not on the people making them. Please extend the benefit of the doubt to newer guests and members; there’s no such thing as a stupid question.
  • The purpose of the community is to foster discussion of issues relating to immigration law, immigration policy, due process and justice for immigrants, as well as issues relating to the representation of immigrant detainees. The information shared on this platform is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. No information on this platform shall be used to promote or facilitate the practice of immigration law by those unauthorized to do so by federal law.
  • Respect the purpose of the community. Use the community to share successes, challenges, constructive feedback, questions, and goals instead of products or services that you provide. If you’ve found a product or service helpful, please share your experience with the group in a respectful way.
  • Respect client confidentiality.  Under no circumstances shall community members make public clients’ names, alien registration numbers or other identifying information.
  • All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited. Do not post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.

  • Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on the discussion groups and in the libraries is available for all to see, and comments could lead to allegations of defamation, commercial disparagement, or other torts.
  • Respect intellectual property. Post content that you have personally created or have permission to use and have properly attributed to the content creator.
  • When posting templates, samples and other items in our collaborative environment, please indicate if the item is not available for reuse. It’s also advisable to contact the owner of any material if you would like to reuse it.
  • Post your message or documents only to the most appropriate communities. This helps ensure all messages receive the best response by eliminating "noise."
  • Please be aware that violating the rules of the online community may lead to your removal from the forum.  Usually, the first violation will result in a notification, the second in a warning, and the third in your removal from the community, but we reserve the right to take immediate action in egregious cases.


Discussion Group Etiquette

  • State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject.
  • Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individuals, not to the entire list. Do this by using the "Reply to Sender" link, found in every message.
  • Do not send administrative messages, such as “remove me from the list,” to the group. Instead, use the web interface to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing email addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new email address. Simply change your settings.


The Legal Stuff

This site is provided as a service for the members of the Immigration Justice Campaign (“the Justice Campaign”), a joint initiative of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) and the American Immigration Council.  (“Council”).  AILA and the Council are not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. We disclaim all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by the AILA/Council Justice Campaign or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall AILA or the Council be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.

Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials.  Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants AILA and the Council and users of this site the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.

Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers.

AILA/Council do not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the attention of AILA/Council we will take all appropriate action, including removing the inappropriate posting and terminating access.

AILA and the Council reserve the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.  AILA and the Council reserve the right to delete any content posted and may do so for any or no reason at any time. 

AILA and the Council may amend these rules at any time and without notice. Your use of the site following any amendment of these rules will signify your assent to and acceptance of the revised rules.

Privacy Policy

The information you provide is used to help us personalize and continually improve your experience on the website and your engagement with the Justice Campaign. AILA and the Council may also use this information to send you information that we think may be of interest to you. If you do not wish to receive marketing materials or emails from AILA or the Council related to the Justice Campaign, you may inform us of your preference by contacting us via the Contact Us link on this site.

Any personal information you provide to us including and similar to your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address will not be released, sold, or rented to any entities or individuals outside of our organization except as noted below.

With Whom Do We Share the Personal Information We Collect Through This Site:

Our Partners
Our unique pro bono service model is based on collaboration between the staff of AILA and the Council, individual volunteers, mentors and partner local legal service providers.  As such, we will by necessity share your personal information with local legal service providers and mentors with whom we collaborate.

Business Transfers
The Immigration Justice Campaign is a joint initiative of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Immigration Council (the Council).  Your personal information will be available to AILA and the Council within the terms of this Privacy Policy.  In addition, your personal information may be transferred to another entity (either an affiliated entity or an unrelated third party) in connection with a merger, reorganization, dissolution or similar corporate event. If such a transfer were ever to occur, the acquiring entity’s use of your personal information will still be subject to this Privacy Policy.  

Government and Legal Disclosures
We may disclose the personal information we collect through this Site, when we, in good faith, believe disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law (or a court order or subpoena); to prevent or investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft; to enforce our Terms and Conditions or other agreements that govern your use of this Site; or to protect the rights, property or safety of our company, our users, or others.

External Sites
We are not responsible for the content of external internet sites. You are advised to read the privacy policy of external sites before disclosing any personal information.

A "cookie" is a small data text file that is placed in your browser and allows us to recognize you each time you visit this site (personalization, etc). Cookies themselves do not contain any personal information, and we do not use cookies to collect personal information. Cookies may also be used by 3rd party content providers such as news-feeds.

Remember The Risks Whenever You Use The Internet
While we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information that you transmit to us and you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords or other account information. In addition, other Internet sites or services that may be accessible through our site have separate data and privacy practices independent of us, and therefore we disclaim any responsibility or liability for their policies or actions. Please contact those vendors and others directly if you have any questions about their privacy policies.  For any other information please contact us using the Contact Us page.