National Immigration Law Center

Founding Year: 1979

Staff: 60

Budget: $7.6m (2017)

Marielena Hincapié (Executive Director)

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.



National Immigration Law Center contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

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