Over the past four years, federal agencies and their employees have engaged in abusive, harassing, and illegal behavior against immigrants, advocates, and attorneys. As we transition to a new administration, we cannot simply “turn the page” and move on without holding agencies accountable for those abuses. It is critical to recognize and change the toxic culture within immigration and law enforcement agencies that led to such abuses, and to engage government accountability mechanisms whose role it is to address and discipline such behavior.

NIPNLG compiled both formal and informal complaints from immigration advocates and attorneys in a report, Complaints Ignored, Abuses Excused: Why the Department of Homeland Security’s Internal Accountability Mechanisms Must Be Reformed. The cases highlighted in the report present a small sampling of the widespread and systematic harm these agencies continue to inflict on immigrants without being held to account. To find out more about this project, contact Chris Rickerd or Cristina Velez at cvelez@nipnlg.org.

January Experts Panel

In order to support efforts to submit administrative complaints, NIPNLG will be hosting “office hours” on January 15, 2021 at NOON ET with a panel of experts who can answer questions about how to put together such complaints and what types of issues might qualify. To attend, please email cvelez@nipnlg.org for a registration link.

The panel of experts will include:

  • Mitra Ebadolahi, ACLU of San Diego
  • Chris Rickerd, Consultant for NIPNLG
  • Katie Shepherd, American Immigration Council
  • Pilar Gonzalez Morales, Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Coalition (CREEC)

This page will be updated with more information and materials as they become available.

Questions about this project? Contact cvelez@nipnlg.org.