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National Immigration Law Center Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/29/2014: National Immigration Law Center

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: NATIONAL IMMIGRATION LAW CENTER

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AKA  NILC
Los Angeles, CA
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National Immigration Law Center Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/29/2014: National Immigration Law Center

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: NATIONAL IMMIGRATION LAW CENTER

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Also Known As: NILC
Physical Address: Los Angeles, CA 90010 
EIN: 95-4539765
Web URL: www.nilc.org 
NTEE Category: R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R20 Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups
W Public, Society Benefit
W01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
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Ruling Year: 1995 


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Mission Statement

Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is the only national legal advocacy organization in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. Over the past 34 years, NILC has won landmark legal decisions protecting fundamental rights, thwarted policies that would have devastated the well-being of low-income immigrants and their family members, and advanced policies that reinforce and promote equality, opportunity, and justice for all. NILC uses multiple strategies to advance its mission, including policy analysis, litigation, advocacy, communications, and education. Advocates across the country rely on NILC’s unique ability to employ these integrated approaches in its work, and provide them with the tools and information they need to shape their own advocacy efforts. NILC is playing an increasingly significant and influential role in the immigrants’ rights movement. Building upon its strong reputation as a highly respected source of information and guidance on a wide range of issues affecting low-income immigrants, the organization has recently emerged as more publicly prominent and persuasive advocate for progressive social change that can improve not only the lives of low-income immigrants, but of the country as a whole.

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Annual Revenue & Expenses

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Fiscal Year Starting: July 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2013

Total Revenue $9,719,977
Total Expenses $7,179,333

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Ms. Marielena Hincapié

Profile:

Before assuming the position of executive director in September 2008, Ms. Hincapié served as NILC's director of programs, managing the organization's employment, public benefits, and immigration work.  Ms. Hincapié specializes in and has dedicated her legal career to protecting and advancing the rights of immigrant workers, particularly those who are undocumented.  She has authored numerous publications and policy analyses, provided strategic assistance and training to thousands of legal and social service providers, and to labor unions and community-based organizations.  Her work also has focused on using legal tools to help support community and labor organizing efforts, as well as to help build and strengthen community coalitions working to improve working conditions for all low-wage workers.  Ms. Hincapié is also a frequent lecturer at national and international conferences addressing issues of migration.  She has litigated law reform and impact litigation cases dealing with the intersection of immigration laws and employment/labor laws, and she specializes in cases following the  Hoffman Plastic Compounds, Inc. v. NLRB decision.  Before joining NILC, she worked for the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco's Employment Law Center, where she founded the Center's Immigrant Workers' Rights Project.  Ms. Hincapié holds a juris doctor degree from Northeastern University School of Law.  She serves on the American Bar Association's Commission on Immigration, and on the executive committee of the National Lawyers Guild's Labor and Employment Committee.  She is the youngest of 10 children, and an immigrant from Medellín, Colombia.

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Programs

Program: Immigration (GuideStar Exchange,
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Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
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Program Description:

NILC continues to educate advocates and policymakers about the need for just and humane immigration policies that are in line with the country’s core values. Ultimately, our goal is to promote the full integration of all immigrants and their families into U.S. society. And because in recent years immigration enforcement programs have swept an unprecedented number of aspiring citizens into the immigration detention and deportation system, we also challenge unjust policies and laws that tear families apart, encourage discrimination, and undermine due process.

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Category:
Immigrants' Rights
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Program Description:

Low-income immigrants and their families often endure intolerable economic conditions that thwart their ability to prosper and thrive. Many immigrants work in jobs that do not provide a pathway out of poverty. They also face unique barriers in accessing the kinds of economic and safety-net supports that citizens rely on in hard times. NILC’s economic justice program focuses on challenging workplace exploitation of low-wage immigrants, and increasing immigrants’ access to education, government resources, and other tools they need to have economic mobility.

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Immigrants' Rights
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Program Description:

Being able to be healthy and address health problems when they arise helps ensure that an individual can function as a full member of society. NILC continues to promote policies that provide low-income immigrants with access to health care coverage and other critical programs essential to maintaining good health. This includes efforts to ensure that implementation of the Affordable Care Act does not create new health care coverage barriers for low-income immigrant families.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

We've had a hand in major policy changes. Highlights include: Building support for pro-immigrant state policies as a counterpoint to harsh enforcement approaches. Our work with local advocates to build the case that increasing immigrants' access to in-state college tuition rates and driver's licenses is good policy successfully swayed policymaker opinion in key states. The model legislation we supported in California, for example, served as a resource for advocacy across the U.S. Last year, eight states, including California, enacted laws providing access to driver's licenses regardless of immigration status, and five states adopted laws or policies expanding access to higher education for immigrant students. Spearheading national efforts over the past 12 years to push for policy solutions that expand opportunities for immigrants brought to the U.S. as children who are American in every way except for on paper. Our close coordination with the United We DREAM Network and key allies on this issue laid the foundation for creation of the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals," or DACA, program. DACA provides young people who qualify with temporary permission to remain in the U.S., pursue their educations, and get work permits. NILC is now co-leading the Own the Dream campaign to ensure that eligible young people have access to quality legal services so they can obtain relief from deportation and can pursue dreams.
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