Local Organizing

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition
http://www.coloradoimmigrant.org/

CIRC’s mission is “to cultivate immigrant empowerment throughout Colorado to build a unified statewide voice, to defend and advance immigrant rights, and to create a society that recognizes and embraces immigrants’ contributions and efforts toward citizenship in Colorado and the United States.”

El Centro Amistad
http://www.elcentroamistad.org/

AMISTAD (Alianza Multiculturalde Inmigrantes Sirviendo a Todos con Ayuda para los Derechos)is a grassroots organization committed to structural, social and political change for the benefit of immigrants; dedicated to the development of leaders within the immigrant community; and committed to bringing the voice of immigrants into the public discourse.

El Centro Humanitario Para Los Trabajadores
http://www.centrohumanitario.org/

El Centro Humanitario Para Los Trabajadores (El Centro) is Denver's first immigrant day laborer organization that defends the human rights of day laborers. An injured Latino was found abandoned on the street, seriously brain damaged in 1998. This worker had fallen off a roof and his employer who picked up the worker on the street corner, abandoned him in the dark of a night to avoid responsibility. Concerned with such worker exploitation and the dangerous working environment that Denver's immigrant day laborers faced as they sought day-to-day work off of street corners, numerous community supporters came together to create a safe indoor place for immigrants. As a result, a run-down warehouse space was rehabilitated by workers themselves and El Centro opened its doors on June 1, 2002.

El Comite De Longmont
http://www.elcomitedelongmont.com/

Serving the needs of Latinos in Longmont and the surrounding communities since 1980.

El Comite is a grassroots organization dedicated to providing advocacy and social services for Latinos. We provide a variety of ongoing services through paid office personnel and a network of volunteers. Key functions performed by office staff include: Advocacy, Case Management, Outreach, Information/Referral, Consultation, Administrative.

Los Compañeros
http://www.sanjuancitizens.org/loscompaneros/whoweare.shtml

Los Compañeros is committed to educational research and outreach, with the purpose of stimulating awareness, fostering understanding, and furthering acceptance of the Latino community in the area. Providing and facilitating educational programs, as well as improving human relations among diverse cultures within the community, are the key elements of this mission.

Padres & Jovenes Unidos
http://www.padresunidos.org/

With roots in the struggle for educational justice, Padres has evolved into a multi-issue organization that is led by people of color who fight for educational equity, student rights and justice for immigrants. Out of the struggles for educational justice, Jovenes Unidos has emerged, the youth initiative of Padres Unidos. Both Padres and Jovenes Unidos challenge the root cause of discrimination, racism and inequity by exposing the economic, social and institutional basis for injustice as well as developing effective strategies and tactics to change it. Parents and students are empowered to organize, develop new leadership and realize meaningful change.

Rights for All People/Derechos Para Todos
http://www.rap-dpt.org/

Rights for All People was formed in response to the passage of anti-immigrant, anti-civil rights Proposition 187 in California. We organize with Spanish-speaking and other immigrants to build power and defend their human rights. We believe the protection of immigrant rights is directly connected to preserving the rights of all people. Our primary goal is to promote these rights and organize with immigrants in a broad-based advocacy coalition.


Colorado Resources

African Community Center
http://www.africancommunitycenter.net/

The African Community Center of Denver is a Program office of the Ethiopian Community Development Council Inc. (ECDC), a community based Organization headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. ECDC is a 501 (c) (3), non profit organization. The African Community Center is Denver's newest Refugee Resettlement program which welcomes newcomers who have had to flee persecution within their home country.

Bell Policy Center
http://www.thebell.org/

The Bell Policy Center is a Colorado-based public policy think tank, research center committed to identifying and promoting policies that help individuals and families access opportunity and moved toward self-sufficiency, making Colorado a state of opportunity for all. Particularly relevant report of December 29, 2005, "Immigration Effects on Colorado and the Nation: A Review of Research."

Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network
http://www.rmian.org/

The Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) is a non-profit organization that serves detained non-United States citizens in immigration proceedings.  We provide legal "know your rights" presentations to individuals in immigration detention, train volunteer attorneys, coordinate referrals for individuals without resources for private attorneys, and provide attorneys and clients with mentoring and other resources.   For the continued success of this program, we rely on the commitment and generosity of dedicated attorneys, paralegals, and law students.

Rocky Mountain Survivors Center (RMSC)
http://www.rmscdenver.org/

The Rocky Mountain Survivors Center (RMSC) is a nonprofit organization that assists survivors of torture and war trauma, and their families, to heal and rebuild their lives. The center offers asylum legal representation, health care and social services, is actively pursuing building the capacity of other providers to respond to the needs of torture survivors, and is building a community development component to the work. RMSC is profoundly impressed by the dignity, courage and resilience of survivors of torture- ordinary people who suffer extraordinary trauma, yet choose to recover- and seeks to work with the communities and families in which survivors live, to find ways to bring the effects of torture out of the shadows and into the healing light of day.


General

Project Vote Smart
http://www.vote-smart.org/

Project Vote Smart, a citizen's organization, has developed a Voter's Self-Defense System to provide you with the necessary tools to self-govern effectively: abundant, accurate, unbiased and relevant information. As a national library of factual information, Project Vote Smart covers your candidates and elected officials in five basic categories: biographical information, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances and interest group ratings.

Colorado News Print
http://www.coloradostylepublishing.com/newspapers.html

Newspapers, Journals, Magazines, Newsletters of Colorado listed by City, Town or Village. Links are included if a web site could be found.

National Website Resources

American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF)
http://www.ailf.org/

The American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF) was established in 1987 as a tax-exempt, not-for-profit educational, charitable organization. The Foundation is dedicated to increasing public understanding of immigration law and policy and the value of immigration to American society; to promoting public service and excellence in the practice of immigration law; and to advancing fundamental fairness and due process under the law for immigrants.

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
http://www.aila.org/

The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

The Building Democracy Initiative

The Building Democracy Initiative counters organized racism, anti-immigrant activity, and other forms of bigotry through strategic research, community organizing, education and training around the globe. Across the country, a united response to anti-immigrant activity is growing. From New York to Maine, from Georgia to North Carolina, from Minnesota to Kansas, from Arizona to California, anti-immigrant organizations are severely undermining the integration of immigrants, and seek to deny their basic civil and human rights.  We believe that nativism and xenophobia must be challenged head-on for immigrant integration to be successful.

Center for Comparative Immigration Studies
http://www.ccis-ucsd.org/

Located at the University of California at San Diego (Wayne Cornelius), conducts basic policy-oriented research projects on international migration and refugee flows, illuminating U.S. immigration experience through comparison with other countries, especially in Europe and Asia-Pacific Region. A number of current studies on U.S.-Mexico border migration.

Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies
http://www.usmex.ucsd.edu/

Located at the University of California at San Diego (Christopher Woodruff), institute for social science research on Mexico and U.S.-Mexico relations, including research on Mexican migration to the U.S.

Detention Watch Network (DWN)
http://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/

The Detention Watch Network (DWN) is the only national coalition in the United States that addresses the detention crisis head-on and helps detainees and their loved ones make their voices heard. Formed in 1997 in response to the rapid growth of the immigration detention system in the United States, DWN is a network of individuals and organizations working in support of, and in service to, immigrants in detention.

Drum Major Institute for Public Policy
http://www.drummajorinstitute.org/

Non-partisan, non-profit think tank providing ideas that fuel the progressive movement. A number of current reports on progressiveimmigration thought under "Our Work."

Human Rights Coalition / Indigenous Alliance Without Borders
http://www.derechoshumanosaz.net/

The Human Rights Coalition / Indigenous Alliance Without Borders (Coalición de Derechos Humanos/ Alianza Indígena Sin Fronteras) is a grassroots organization which promotes respect for human/civil rights and fights the militarization of the Southern Border region, discrimination, and human rights abuses by federal, state, and local law enforcement officials affecting U.S. and non-U.S. citizens alike.

Immigration Equality
http://www.immigrationequality.org/

Immigration Equality is a national organization fighting for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive individuals. Founded in 1994 as the Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force, we have grown to a membership of 10,000 people in cities all over the country. We are run by a Board of Directors and have full-time staff in our National Headquarters in New York. Immigration Equality is funded by donations from our members as well as generous support from private foundations.

Immigrant Health Policy Reference Library http://www.kaiseredu.org/topics_reflib.asp?id=442&parentid=67&rID=1

This new compendium summarizes data and research on immigrants’ health coverage and access to care. The library also includes a list of organizations that conduct analysis on the impact of major health policies on immigrants and presents research on specific populations, including Latino, African and Asian immigrants.

Human Rights Coalition / Indigenous Alliance Without Borders
http://www.derechoshumanosaz.net/

The Human Rights Coalition / Indigenous Alliance Without Borders (Coalición de Derechos Humanos/ Alianza Indígena Sin Fronteras) is a grassroots organization which promotes respect for human/civil rights and fights the militarization of the Southern Border region, discrimination, and human rights abuses by federal, state, and local law enforcement officials affecting U.S. and non-U.S. citizens alike.

Latin American Working Group
http://www.lawg.org/

Coalition of sixty religious, humanitarian, grassroots and policy organizations in Washington, D.C. dedicated to foreign policy, with a mission to encourage U.S. policies towards Latin America that promote human rights, justice, peace, and sustainable development.

Migration Policy Institute (MPI)
http://www.migrationinformation.org/

Migration Information Source project of MPI, provides debate and data from numerous organizations, private and government, and global analysis of international migration and refugee flows. Special source issue available on U.S.-Mexico migration in March 2004.

National Employment Law Project
http://www.nelp.org/

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) has advocated for over 30 years on behalf of low-wage workers, the poor, the unemployed, and other groups that face significant barriers to employment and government systems of support. Several common themes connect NELP's work: ensuring that employment laws cover all workers;supporting worker organizing and alliance-building among key constituent groups working with low-wage workers; helping workers stay connected to jobs and employment benefits; and expanding employment laws to meet the needs of workers and families in changing economic conditions.

National Immigration Forum (NIF)
http://www.immigrationforum.org/

The mission of the National Immigration Forum is to embrace and uphold America’s tradition as a nation of immigrants. The Forum advocates and builds support for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees and are fair and supportive to newcomers in the United States.
**They also operate - http://resourcebank.org/The purpose of this portal is to create a place for communities to gather and to put the right information and tools in the hands of those who want to better understand the process of integration and assist immigrants on their way to achieve the American Dream.

National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
http://nilc.org/

Since 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) has been dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of low income immigrants and their family members.  In the past 20 years, NILC has earned a national reputation as a leading expert on immigration, public benefits, and employment laws affecting immigrants and refugees.  Our extensive knowledge of the complex interplay between immigrants' legal status and their rights under U.S. laws is an essential resource for legal aid programs, community groups, and social service agencies across the country.

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR)
http://www.nnirr.org/

The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) is a national organization composed of local coalitions and immigrant, refugee, community, religious, civil rights and labor organizations and activists. It serves as a forum to share information and analysis, to educate communities and the general public, and to develop and coordinate plans of action on important immigrant and refugee issues.

New American Opportunity Campaign
http://www.cirnow.org/

There is a growing awareness that America's current immigration system is broken. The New American Opportunity Campaign (NAOC) is a campaign for comprehensive immigration reform powered by strategic, coordinated activities by immigrant advocacy, grassroots, religious and labor organizations across the United States and on Capitol Hill. The NAOC organizes and mobilizes the voices and power of the pro-immigrant movement in support of national legislation that incorporates key principles (Español) for immigration reform.

No More Deaths
http://www.nomoredeaths.org/

A morally intolerable situation inspired a remarkable humanitarian movement in Southern Arizona in the spring of 2004. Driven by economic inequality, thwarted by ill-conceived US border policy, and ignorant of the harsh conditions of the Sonoran Desert, more than 2000 men, women, and children have died trying to cross the Mexican border into the United States since 1998. Most of the deaths occurred in the brutal heat of the summer months. With another summer of inevitable deaths looming, diverse faith-based and social activist groups—along with concerned individuals—felt compelled to act to stem the death tide and attempt to save at least some lives. The result was the converging of hundreds of volunteers—local, regional and national—who came together to work for one common goal: No Más Muertes: No More Deaths.

Southern Poverty Law Center
http://www.splcenter.org/

The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. Today, the Center is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and it’s tracking of hate groups.

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