Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, Inc.

Advancing the Rights of Immigrants

aka National Immigration Project, NIPNLG

Boston, MA


The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) is a national non-profit organization that provides technical assistance and support to community-based immigrant organizations, legal practitioners, and all advocates seeking and working to advance the rights of noncitizens. NIPNLG promotes justice and equality of treatment in all areas of immigration law, the criminal justice system, and policies related to immigration. For nearly 50 years, the National Immigration Project has served as a progressive source of advocacy-oriented legal support on issues critical to immigrant rights.

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Executive Director

Mr. Dan Kesselbrenner

Co Principal Officer

Ms. Paromita Shah

Main Address

89 South St. Suite 603

Boston, MA 02111 USA


Immigrant Rights, Immigration, Human Rights, Civil Rights, Noncitizens





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Countering Harsh Enforcement Practices and Keeping Families Together

Criminal and Deportation Defense

Protecting Victims of Crimes Including Intimate Partner Violence and Workplace Crimes

Defending Political Rights

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The National Immigration Project works to protect the rights of the most disenfranchised and vulnerable populations, including women who are victims of domestic violence, people with HIV/AIDS, children, and non-citizen criminal offenders. We develop cutting-edge strategies to respond to illegal immigration enforcement.

We work both independently and collaboratively with immigration advocacy organizations throughout the U.S. in order to educate and strengthen the capacity of immigration professionals while promoting public policy change through direct advocacy. Our work is built upon a foundation of committed members, whose support and contributions are integral to the success of the National Immigration Project.

The National Immigration Project has five programmatic priority areas:

1. Criminal & Deportation Defense
The National Immigration Project's executive director, Dan Kesselbrenner, is a leading expert on the intersection of criminal and immigration law in the United States. A noncitizen in the criminal justice system faces permanent separation from her or his family and banishment from the U.S. The National Immigration Project has been at the forefront of the effort to help criminal defense lawyers across the U.S. understand and protect their non-citizen clients.

2. Victims of Crimes, including Intimate Partner Violence
The National Immigration Project has helped lead the way in expanding legal rights for noncitizens under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and related legislation for more than fifteen years, providing general legal support to advocates and attorneys around the country who are working with undocumented victims of abuse and other crimes, and working to develop policies and practices within the Department of Homeland Security that support the rights of victims of crimes and intimate partner violence.

3. Raids and Immigration Enforcement
For more than two decades, the National Immigration Project has provided legal support, training, and technical assistance to noncitizens, legal advocates, community groups, and families responding to immigration enforcement actions. In addition to being a leading source of cutting-edge legal strategies, the National Immigration Project develops community resource materials to build greater awareness about draconian enforcement actions and the toll exacted upon families.

4.Noncitizens Living with HIV/AIDS
After twenty-two years of advocacy on behalf of noncitizens living with HIV/AIDS, the National Immigration Project celebrates the lifting of the HIV immigration ban. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a final rule removing HIV from the regulations relating to immigration. The rule took effect on January 4, 2010.

5. Defending Political Rights
The National Immigration Project opposes immigration enforcement that limits the democratic participation of noncitizens in civil society. We work to ensure that noncitizens have the right to free political expression and participation in the free marketplace of ideas without fear of reprisal. Alongside advocates, we work to create response plans for noncitizens who engage in direct action for progressive causes.

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National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, Inc.

Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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