Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) (Miami)

Non-profit law firm working in Flroida and nationwide. Founded in 1996 as the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC).
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Primary geographic focus: Florida, NATIONAL
Organization type(s): Research/Policy/Organizing
Acronym or short name: AI Justice
Tags: Children & Juvenile, Immigration Process, Language Access, Minorities: Racial/Ethnic

In Florida and on a national level, it champions the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children; advocates for survivors of trafficking and domestic violence; serves as a watchdog on immigration detention practices and policies; and speaks for immigrant groups who have particular and compelling claims to justice.

Its multicultural and multilingual staff works to build alliances between immigrant and nonimmigrant groups, including government, civic, social and faith-based communities.


Op-Ed , Video

Your Honor, Can I Play With That Gavel?

Jennifer Anzardo Valdes
New York Times (NYT)
August 22, 2018
The U.S. government expects children as young as 18 months to represent themselves in immigration court. Lawyers in Miami made a coloring book to help kids understand what they’re facing.

News Story

After being separated at the border, they began a quiet life in Miami. What’s next?

Brenda Medina
Miami Herald
September 13, 2018
Their separation was part of the controversial zero tolerance policy, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions officially announced a week later, in San Diego.


Trump Administration’s Suspension Of Legal Aid For Migrant Children Prompts Outcry LISTEN· 4:04

Mary Louise Kelly
National Public Radio (NPR)
June 7, 2019
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Michelle Ortiz, deputy director of Americans for Immigrant Justice, about the Trump administration's plan to suspend legal aid for unaccompanied migrant children.

Audio , News Story

South Florida Attorneys Bring Help For Migrant Kids That Have To Face U.S. Courts On Their Own

Madeline Fox
WLRN (South Florida)
August 8, 2019
South Florida facilities for unaccompanied minors who crossed the U.S. border have loomed large in the debate over the treatment of the youngest immigrants.


Where Are the Children?

Sarah Stillman
New Yorker
April 20, 2015
This feature piece shines a light on role of civil legal aid and immigration advocates for kids and families in detention.

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