The mission of the National Immigration Litigation Alliance is to realize systemic change in the immigrant rights’ arena by engaging in impact litigation and by building the capacity of social justice attorneys to litigate in federal court.
NILA is dedicated to championing the rights of noncitizens, or those perceived to be noncitizens, and to elevating the capacity and quality of the lawyers who represent them. Our team has more than 50 years of collective experience in litigation on behalf of immigrants’ rights, including national and regional class actions, petitions for review, habeas actions, mandamus suits, damages litigation, and litigation under the Freedom of Information Act and the Administrative Procedures Act.
NILA’s impact litigation work includes affirmative district court litigation, including national and regional class actions, to extend the rights of noncitizens or to eliminate systemic obstacles they or their immigration counsel routinely face; transparency litigation to shed light on government policies and practices, and select amicus briefing to assist federal courts in their consideration of key legal issues.
NILA believes in learning by doing and that attorneys are stronger together. We understand that federal court can be daunting for newer attorneys as well as experienced attorneys filing a new type of federal case. Our program allows existing counsel to learn litigation skills while having the legal expertise and support to present the strongest case possible. To read what our co-counsel say about us, click the link below.
Immigration law has been compared to the internal revenue code; it is complex and can be hard to navigate, even for immigration attorneys. Experienced NILA attorneys provide a range of technical assistance, including individual case analysis and answering questions related to federal court litigation procedure or strategy. To join NILA’s Strategic Assistance Program, click the link below.
Meet Our Team
SENIOR STAFF Attorney
Meet Our Advisory Committee
Stanford Law School
Director, Immigrants’ Rights Clinic
Associate Dean of Clinical Education
American Civil Liberties Union
Deputy Director, Immigrants’ Rights Project
Vera Institute of Justice
Associate Research Director, SAFE Initiative
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Amnesty International, National Director
Advocacy and Government Affairs
Nora A. Preciado
LOS ANGELES MAYOR ERIC
Director of Immigrant Affairs
American Bar association
Director, Children’s Immigration Law Academy
ACLU National Prison project
Senior Staff Attorney
ARNOLD & PORTER
Pro Bono Counsel
National Immigration Litigation Alliance, Inc.
Tel: (617) 819-4649