Green Card Stories Partnering Organizations:
Green Card Stories has donated $10K from books sales to immigration-related non-profits. Thank you to all the immigration non-profits for the good work they do in increasing awareness of this critical issue and helping the nation’s newest immigrants.
- Advocates for Human Rights
The Advocates for Human Rights helps individuals fully realize their human rights in the United States and around the world. For over 25 years, The Advocates’ innovative programming has touched the lives of refugees and immigrants, women, ethnic and religious minorities, children, and other marginalized communities whose rights are at risk. The Advocates is promoting Green Card Stories at various events.
- Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers
An organization of 38 lawyers from top tier immigration practices who value great legal ability and provide high standards of care and concern. ABIL provided early, ongoing and invaluable financial sponsorship.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
The national association of over 11,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. AILA was 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. AILA has made a commitment to promote Green Card Stories to their broad membership.
- American Immigration Council
A non-profit partner to the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Council is dedicated to strengthening America by honoring our immigrant history and shaping how Americans think about and act towards immigration now and in the future. The Council is promoting Green Card Stories at various events around the United States.
- Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga, Immigrant Services Program
The Immigrant Services Program (ISP) offers comprehensive services that address our clients’ basic needs, as well as their legal immigration concerns in order to help them integrate into our community. ISP provides legal advocacy, direct services, and referrals to refugees and immigrants who reside in Tompkins County. Green Card Stories partnered with the Immigrant Services Program of Ithaca’s Catholic Charities at an event at the Hangar Theatre in April 2012 and donated proceeds to the organization.
- Citizenship Counts
Citizenship Counts is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to educate today’s youth on the tenets of citizenship, encourage them to appreciate their rights and responsibilities as Americans, and give them an opportunity to celebrate citizenship by engaging in a naturalization ceremony or participating in a service-learning project. From January 2012 to June 2012, Citizenship Counts’ Board Member Diane Eckstein and her husband John are walking and biking 3,500 miles from coast to coast to promote engaged citizenship and to promote awareness of the naturalization process.
- Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
The Florence Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Arizona. Although the federal government assists indigent criminal defendants and civil litigants through public defenders and legal aid attorneys, it does not provide attorneys for people in immigration removal proceedings. As a result, an estimated 86 percent of immigrant detainees go unrepresented due to poverty. The Florence Project strives to address this inequity through direct service, partnerships with the community, and advocacy and outreach efforts. Green Card Stories will partner with the Florence Project at an event at the University of Arizona Law School in January 2013 and will donate proceeds to the organization.
- Global Detroit
Global Detroit is an effort to revitalize Southeast Michigan’s economy by pursuing strategies that strengthen Detroit’s connections to the world, and that make the region more attractive and welcoming to immigrants, internationals, and foreign trade and investment. Global Detroit is one of several efforts across the Great Lakes region that capitalizes on the Midwest’s (an American) experience of immigration—talent, industriousness, innovation, trade, and diversity—as an economic growth engine. Green Card Stories partnered with Global Detroit at an event in Detroit in October 2012 and donated proceeds to the organization.
- Green Card Voices
Green Card Voices was born from the idea that the broad narrative of current immigrants should be communicated in a way true to each immigrant’s story. Green Card Voices seeks to be a new lens for those in the immigration dialogue. Green Card Voices aspires to build a bridge between immigrants, non-immigrants, and advocates from across the country by sharing the first-hand immigration stories of foreign-born Americans, by helping us see the ‘wave of immigrants’ as individuals, with interesting stories of family, hard work, and cultural diversity. Green Card Voices utilizes digital storytelling to share personal narratives of America’s immigrants, fostering tolerance and establishing a better understanding between the immigrant and non-immigrant populations.
- Human Rights First
Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. Human Rights First believes American leadership is essential in the struggle for human rights so they press the U.S. government and private companies to respect human rights and the rule of law. When they don’t, Human Rights First steps in to demand reform, accountability and justice. Around the world, they work where they can best harness American influence to secure core freedoms. This includes partnering with lawyers at law firms in the United States to help provide pro bono legal representation to indigent asylum seekers in the immigration system. Green Card Stories partnered with Human Rights First at an event at Cleary Gottlieb Law Firm in New York City in January 2012 and donated proceeds to the organization.
- Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) provides quality immigration legal services, law-related education, and advocacy to meet the steadily increasing needs of Minnesota’s immigrant and refugee communities. ILCM is proud to promote Green Card Stories at various events—including a recent event featuring the film Tony and Janina’s American Wedding in November 2011. The inspirational sagas told in Green Card Stories mirror the diverse background and history of ILCM’s clients and highlights the importance of ILCM’s continuous efforts to represent low-income immigrants. ILCM is also a leader in working to improve today’s broken immigration system to return the U.S. immigration process to one that welcomes persons from all over the world, like those in Green Card Stories, who when given the chance through a welcoming, fair policy will continue to renew the rich history and tapestry of what it means to be an American.
- ImmigrationWorks USA
ImmigrationWorks USA is a national nonprofit organization building a grassroots business constituency in favor of immigration reform. The national network links major corporations, trade associations and 25 state-based coalitions of small to medium-sized employers working to advance better immigration law. Their common aim: legislation that brings America’s annual legal intake of foreign workers more realistically into line with the country’s labor needs.
- Kids in Need of Defense
KIND was founded by Angelina Jolie and the Microsoft Corporation to create a pro bono movement of law firms, corporations, nongovernmental organizations, universities and volunteers to provide quality and compassionate legal counsel to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in the United States. KIND serves as the leading organization for the protection of unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone and strives to ensure that no such child appears in immigration court without representation. We achieve fundamental fairness through high-quality legal representation and by advancing the child’s best interests, safety, and well-being. Green Card Stories partnered with KIND at an event at Microsoft in DC in October 2012 and donated proceeds to the organization.
- PAIR Project
The Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR) is a nationally recognized pro bono model that works to secure safety and freedom for asylum-seekers who have fled from persecution throughout the world and to promote the rights of immigrants unjustly detained. PAIR provides hope and a new beginning to asylum-seekers, torture survivors and immigration detainees. Green Card Stories partnered with the PAIR Project at an event at Mintz Levin Law Firm in Boston in March 2012 and donated proceeds to the organization.
RefugeeOne creates opportunities for refugees fleeing war, terror and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity, and self-reliance. The agency, which has been in existence for more than 30 years, resettles approximately 500 new refugees each year. In addition, the agency has long-term programs for refugees with special needs such as youth, women and seniors. All told, RefugeeOne serves approximately 2,500 people each year and is the largest refugee resettlement agency in the Chicago metropolitan area. Green Card Stories partnered with RefugeeOne at an event at DePaul University in April 2012 and donated proceeds to the organization.
- Safe Passage Project
The Safe Passage Immigration Project, a division of the Justice Action Center at New York Law School, works with volunteer attorneys and New York Law School students to provide representation of unaccompanied minors in the immigration process. Safe Passage provides trainings, resources, and mentoring to volunteer attorneys regarding Special Immigrant Juvenile (“SIJ”) status as well as other possible immigration alternatives for children. Green Card Stories partnered with Safe Passage Immigration Project at an event at New York Law School in September 2012 and donated proceeds to the organization.
- The List Project
The List Project is a non-profit operating in the U.S., founded with the belief that the United States Government has a clear and urgent moral obligation to resettle to safety Iraqis who are imperiled due to their affiliation with the United States of America. The List Project is the first comprehensive organizational effort to honor the sacrifice of these Iraqis. The organization’s work speaks to the plight of one of the individuals in the book, Hayder Abdulwahab – a former Iraqi bodyguard for U.S. forces who was nearly killed and left legally blind by a car bomb in Baghdad. Green Card Stories partnered with The List Project at an event at Proskauer Law Firm in New York City in December 2011 and donated proceeds to the organization.
- Tony and Janina’s American Wedding
A documentary film that follows a Polish American family through the red tape of the current U.S. immigration system. With complementary messages, Green Card Stories is working in conjunction with “Tony and Janina’s American Wedding” to cross-promote at events around the United States.
follows a Polish American family through the red tape of the current U.S. immigration system, telling the untold human rights story of post-9/11 that every undocumented immigrant in America faces today.