Immigration Justice Campaign and International Institute of Akron Announce New Partnership

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Akron, OH – The Immigration Justice Campaign (Justice Campaign), a joint initiative between the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Immigration Council (Council), and the International Institute of Akron (IIA) have partnered to fight for due process and justice for detained immigrants in Ohio. By training a network of pro bono partners and empowering volunteer attorneys with trainings and resources, IIA and the Justice Campaign will work together to protect the rights of detained immigrants to have access to counsel and a fair day in court.

The International Institute of Akron (IIA) is one of the largest nonprofit immigration legal service providers in Ohio. It has added a fourth immigration and human rights attorney, Brian J. Hoffman, to its legal team to serve as the Immigration Justice Campaign Pro Bono Coordinator. As Pro Bono Coordinator, Hoffman will work to match volunteers with cases and flag advocacy concerns for the national Justice Campaign staff. IIA joins the Justice Campaign’s six partners across the country, including the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in New Jersey, the Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP) and ProBar in Texas, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) in Washington, the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) in Colorado, and the Southern Policy Law Center’s Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI) in Georgia.

Madhu Sharma, AILA attorney and acting Executive Director at the International Institute of Akron, said, “The Immigration Justice Campaign’s mission to fight for every immigrant’s right to a fair day in court is central to our work in Ohio. This partnership, as well as the addition of Brian Hoffman to our legal team will increase access to counsel for Ohio’s detained immigrants in an era of ramped up and indiscriminate enforcement measures. We are excited to work together for due process and fundamental fairness for immigrants in removal proceedings.”

Learn more about the Justice Campaign at www.immigrationjustice.us.