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Advocacy Organizations

Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform

The Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform (ILIR) was established in December 2005 to ensure there was an Irish voice in the nationwide debate over immigration. The ILIR supports comprehensive immigration reform. The ILIR is based in New York and works nationally to achieve immigration reform.

The Irish Apostolate USA (IAUSA)
P. O. Box 10065, Silver Spring, MD  20914
Phone / Fax: 301-384-3375

The Irish Apostolate USA is the joint response of the Irish and American Catholic Bishops to the needs of Irish immigrants in the United States and involves a collaborative effort of the sending and receiving Churches. Today there are Irish Chaplains in Boston, New York, San Francisco, and Chicago.  There are outreach programs in Philadelphia, Seattle, Milwaukee and San Diego, and Ocean City, Maryland.

The Irish Apostolate national office in Washington DC works very closely with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Justice for Immigrants: campaign designed ( The campaign aims to unite and mobilize a growing network of Catholic institutions, individuals, and other persons of good faith in support of a broad legalization program and comprehensive immigration reform.

The Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
New American Opportunity Campaign
1775 K Street, NW, Suite 620, Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-661-3689
Fax: 202-223-9315

The Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform is a broad coalition of national and local community, immigrant, labor and policy leaders in 2004.  Based in Washington, DC, the mission and central purpose of the CCIR is to pass progressive comprehensive immigration reform.

National Immigration Forum
National Immigration Forum
50 F Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-347-0040
Fax: 202-347-0058

The National Immigration Forum is an advocacy organization that builds support for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees and that are fair to and supportive of newcomers to our country. The Forum serves as the lead convener of hundreds of associate organizations and other national groups on a range of immigration policy issues, and has been the driving force behind many immigration policy victories.  The Forum also works closely with local advocates and service providers across the country.

American Immigration Lawyers Association
American Immigration Lawyers Association
918 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004-1400
Phone: 202-216-2400
Fax: 202-783-7853

The American Immigration Lawyers Association, in addition to its brief of enhancing the professional development of its members also promotes justice in immigration policies and laws. AILA is an advocate for fair and reasonable immigration laws and policies.

National Immigration Law Center
National Immigration Law Center
3435 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2850, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: 213-639-3900
Fax 213-639-3911

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) works to protect and promote the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.  NILC staff specializes in immigration law and the employment and public benefits rights of immigrants.  They conduct policy analysis and impact litigation and provide publications, technical advice, and trainings to a broad constituency of legal aid agencies, community groups, and pro bono attorneys.

NILC is a great source of information on a range of issues including immigrants access to drivers licenses, immigrant eligibility for federal programs, prevention of immigrant related employment discrimination and social security “no match” letters.