Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition

aka CAIR Coalition   |   Washington, DC   |  www.caircoalition.org

Mission

The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition strives to ensure equal justice for all immigrant adults and children at risk of detention and deportation in the Capital region area and beyond through direct legal representation, know your rights presentations, impact litigation, advocacy, and the enlistment and training of attorneys to defend immigrants

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Kathryn M Doan

Main address

1025 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 701

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

52-2141497

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Community Coalitions (S21)

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Our programs

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Detained Adult Program

CAIR Coalition staff visit all Maryland and Virginia immigration detention centers and provide the following services to detained adults:

Group Orientations: We provie detained immigrants useful information about their basic rights in Immigration Court, the deportation process, and different defenses against deportation.

Individual Orientations: Staff members and volunteers conduct confidential individual intakes with any unrepresented detained immigrant in their preferred language. We ask people questions to get a sense of their individual story and help them learn about how immigration law may apply to their case.

Connections with Pro Bono Attorneys: If detained immigrants cannot afford an attorney and qualify for a defense against deportation, we will try to connect them with a pro bono attorney to represent them in applying for relief from detention and removal.

Provide Pro Se (self-representation) Assistance: If a detained immigrant cannot afford an attorney and we cannot connect them with a pro bono attorney, we will teach them how to represent themselves.

Send Volunteers to Credible or Reasonable Fear Interviews: We can send volunteers to observe credible and reasonable fear interviews conducted by the local asylum office. These interviews constitute the first step that an arriving asylum seeker takes toward securing protection and safety in the United States.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our services include “Know Your Rights” presentations, individual consultations, and accompanying children to their first immigration court hearing in Arlington, Virginia, or Baltimore, Maryland. We also provide direct representation in removal proceedings to children seeking repatriation, children reunifying from ORR programs in Virginia with family members in Maryland, DC, and Virginia, and to children facing prolonged detention. We serve children through a combination of in-house representation and pro bono placement with local law firms.

We provide legal referrals for children reunifying outside of our local area, post-18 planning services, and social services referrals. In addition, we also provide backpacks to unaccompanied children through the Safe Travels Backpack program and regularly participate in presentations in the community on immigration options for children. Our staff also has a practice manual on representing unaccompanied children which can be found here

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Immigration Impact Lab is CAIR Coalition’s first concerted appellate impact litigation project. Through impact cases in our Lab, we respond proactively to these injustices via appeals on issues that have the potential to improve the law for broad groups of immigrants

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Our results

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Number of detained immigrants a year that will have individual screenings to assist them in determining their eligibility for an immigration benefit.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Immigrants and migrants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of detained immigrant adults that will greatly improve their chances of winning their immigration case by having a pro bono attorney represent them.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Immigrants and migrants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of pro se workshops held to teach detained immigrants how to represent themselves in immigration court

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Immigrants and migrants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition is aiming to ensure equal justice for all immigrant men, women, and children at risk of detention and deportation in the DC metropolitan area and beyond.

Our strategies for ensuring equal justice for all immigrant men, women, and children include direct legal representation of detained immigrant men, women and children, know your rights presentations, impact and advocacy work, and the training of attorneys defending immigrants in the immigration and criminal justice arenas.

Having highly skilled attorneys and support staff in the field of immigration law and detention work as well as support from our pro bono partners.

CAIR Coalition is continuing our working to increase the number of individuals we are able to provide with pro bono legal representation while also working to decrease the number of non-citizens that enter the immigration system.

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Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition

Board of directors
as of 03/13/2022
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Board chair

Andrew Genz, Esq.

Patrick Wood

Util

Robert Lawrence, Esq.

Freddie Mac

Nadeam Elshami

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Daniel Blynn, Esq.

Venable LLP

Marinn Carlson, Esq.

Sidley Austin LLP

Himedes Chicas, Esq.

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Christopher Herrling, Esq.

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Robert Nicholas, Esq.

Tracy Roman, Esq.

Crowell & Moring LLP

Vincent van Panhuys, Esq.

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Jonathan Fee, Esq.

Alston & Bird LLP

Karen Grisez

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

David Friedland

Beveridge & Diamond PC

Sharita Gruberg, Esq.

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Brendan Carroll, Esq.

Alston & Bird LLP

Samantha Lee, Esq.

Susan Manning, Esq.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Sheena Pegarido

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Organizational demographics

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Equity strategies

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  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.