National Immigration Law Center (1979; Los Angeles; ~60 staff;

A non-profit that acts as an advocate for low-income immigrants to the United States.  It is supported by the Ford and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Foundations, among others.


  • Impact Litigation – Lawsuits for immigrants usually in coordination with other local and national civil rights organizations, stopping unconstitutional state attempts to regulate immigration.
  • Policy Analysis & Advocacy – Related to the complex interplay between immigration law and public and private economic support programs, access to education, workers’ rights, and other issues affecting low-income immigrant communities.
  • Communications – Messaging strategies that are integrated with efforts to advance legal and policy victories, while also focused on shaping the public narrative on immigration issues for longer-lasting social change.
  • Other Strategies – They conduct trainings, publish educational materials, and provide legal counsel and strategic advice to support and strengthen other groups’ advocacy work.


Leadership: Marielena Hincapié (Executive Director)

Budget: $7,6m (2017)