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American Bar Association Commission on Immigration

The Commission directs Association efforts to ensure fair and unbiased treatment, and full due process rights, for immigrants and refugees within the United States. Acting in coordination with other Association entities, as well as governmental and non-governmental bodies, the Commission: advocates for appropriate statutory and regulatory modifications in law and governmental practice consistent with Association policy; provides continuing education and timely information about trends, court decisions and pertinent developments for members of the legal community, judges, affected individuals and the public; and develops and assists the on-going operation of pro bono programs that encourage volunteer lawyers to provide high quality, effective legal representation for individuals in immigration courts, with special emphasis on the needs of the most vulnerable immigrant and refugee populations.

American Civil Liberties Union - Washington Legislative Office

The WLO is responsible for the federal lobbying program of the ACLU. It advocates before Congress and the executive branch on the full range of civil liberties issues including national security, free speech, privacy, racial justice, immigrants’ rights, reproductive freedom, religious liberty, LGBT rights, and criminal justice.

Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)

ADA is the nation’s oldest, liberal, independent political organization. It focuses on economic, military, foreign, social, and environmental issues, and maintains a political action committee (ADA/PAC). It publishes a weekly legislative newsletter for liberal activists and a quarterly newsletter.

Center for National Security Studies

The Center brings Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation and challenges against illegal government surveillance and other violations of individual rights by intelligence agencies and others.

DC Prisoners Legal Services Project

The DC Prisoners Legal Services Project is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to providing civil legal services to people incarcerated in the District of Columbia. Intern activities may include screening and responding to prisoner letters and phone calls as part of the intake process; interviewing clients; performing legal research on prisoners' rights issues including constitutional claims, medical malpractice, negligence, etc.; performing research relating to DC criminal justice policy and legislation; other special projects as needed.

Freedom of Information Clearinghouse

Freedom of Information Clearinghouse is a joint project of Public Citizen and Ralph Nader's Center for Study of Responsive Law. We are a nonprofit organization that provides technical and legal assistance to individuals, public interest groups, and the media seeking access to information held by government agencies. We consult by phone and mail.

Government Accountability Project

The Project focuses on whistleblowers within the area of employment law litigation, particularly when government or corporate employees are victims of retaliation for whistleblowing. Cases are selected, in part, based on the public interest component and potential to advance whistleblower rights. The Project will also provide referrals.

National Security Archive

The National Security Archive is a research institute on national security matters and a public interest law firm seeking to enhance public access to information regarding national security. The National Security Archive has been involved in a wide range of precedent setting freedom of information law suits and is frequently looked to as an important non-governmental resource on matters relating to access, secrecy, classification, and First Amendment issues.

People for the American Way Foundation

People for the American Way Foundation handles cases involving First Amendment rights, civil rights, and censorship issues, and will accept selected cases involving the infringement of those rights. The organization also monitors judicial selection.

Public Citizen Critical Mass Energy Project

Public Citizen's Critical Mass Energy and Environment Program works to protect citizens and the environment from the dangers posed by nuclear power and seeks policies that will lead to safe, affordable and environmentally sustainable energy. We also advocate creation of an agricultural and food distribution system that guarantees safe, wholesome food produced in a humane and sustainable manner, and work to protect the world's fragile water resources from commodification, privatization, and mass diversion.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is a nonprofit organization, designed to help any working journalist faced with issues involving the First Amendment.