American Friends Service Committee ( Has a national program, Project Voice—Migration and Mobility Unit, that works to strengthen the voices of immigrant-led organizations in setting the national agenda for immigration policy and immigrants’ rights.

American Immigration Lawyers Association ( A legal association for immigration attorneys with a membership of more than 10,000 immigration lawyers. AILA provides an immigration lawyer referral service on its website.

Border Action Network ( A network of immigrants and border residents in Nogales, Douglas, and Tucson, Arizona, working to amplify the voices and power of those who are most impacted by border and immigration policies.

Breakthrough, international human rights organization that uses media, education and pop culture to promote values of dignity, equality and justice:

Campaign for Labor Rights ( Mobilizes grassroots support throughout the United States for campaigns to end labor rights violations around the world.

Coalición de Derechos Humanos ( A grassroots organization working to promote respect for human and civil rights and to fight militarization, discrimination, and abuse of authority in the southern border region.

Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras( A tri-national coalition of religious, environmental, labor, Latino, and women’s organizations supporting worker and community struggles in the maquiladora industry.

Detention Watch Network ( A national coalition addressing the crisis of immigration detention and helping detainees and their loved ones make their voices heard.

Families for Freedom (
A multi-ethnic defense network by and for immigrants facing and fighting deportation.

Farmworker Justice ( An organization working to empower migrant and seasonal farmworkers by improving their living and working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety, and access to justice.

Global Workers Justice Alliance ( A cross-border network of worker advocates and resources that combats migrant worker exploitation by promoting portable justice for transnational migrants.

Immigration Equality ( A national organization working to end immigration discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive people, and to help win asylum for those persecuted based on sexual identity or HIV status.

Life or Liberty, a non-profit media project begun in 2002 to produce documentaries on immigrant communities affected by post-9/11 policies. The project has produced award-winning short documentaries for grassroots organizing and educational outreach:

Maquila Solidarity Network (
A labor and women’s rights advocacy organization promoting solidarity with grassroots groups in Mexico, Central America, and Asia, that works to improve conditions in maquiladora factories and export processing zones.

Migration Policy Institute (MPI), "independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide":

National Employment Law Project ( Provides information and advocacy in defense of low-wage workers, including immigrant workers.

National Immigration Law Center ( Provides information, policy analysis, and advocacy in defense of low-income immigrants and their family members.

National Immigration Project ( A project of the National Lawyers’ Guild, Inc. devoted to defending the rights of immigrants facing incarceration and deportation.

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights ( A national organization bringing together immigrant, refugee, community, religious, civil rights, and labor organizations and activists from around the United States in defense of immigrant rights.

Pew Hispanic Center (PHC), "nonpartisan research organization [whose] mission is to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the entire nation":

Rights Working Group ( A nationwide coalition of groups and individuals committed to protecting civil liberties and human rights.

SweatFree Communities ( A national network assisting sweatshop  workers globally in their struggles to improve working conditions and form strong, independent unions.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), "a data gathering, data research and data distribution organization associated with Syracuse University...information about federal enforcement, staffing and spending":

U.S. / Labor Education in the Americas Project ( Works to support the basic rights of workers in Central America, Colombia, Ecuador, and Mexico, especially those who are employed directly or indirectly by U.S. companies.

United Students Against Sweatshops ( An organization of students and community members at over 200 campuses around the United States, supporting the struggles of working people and challenging corporate power.

Suggested Books:

David Bacon, Communities Without Borders (Cornell University/ILR Press, 2006)

David Bacon, The Children of NAFTA: Labor Wars on the U.S./Mexico Border (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004)

Aviva Chomsky, "They Take Our Jobs!": And 20 Other Myths about Immigration (Boston: Beacon Press, 2007)

Justin Akers Chacón and Mike Davis, No One Is Illegal (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2006)

Deepa Fernandes, Targeted: National Security and the Business of Immigration (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2006)

Bill Ong Hing, Defining America through Immigration Policy (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2004)

Bill Ong Hing, Deporting Our Souls: Values, Morality, and
Immigration Policy
( Cambridge, New York, Melbourne, Madrid, Cape Town, Singapore, São Paulo: Cambridge University Press, 2006)

Rachel Meeropol, Barbara Olshansky, Michael Ratner, and Steven Macpherson Watt, America’s Disappeared: Secret Imprisonment, Detainees, and the “War on Terror” (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2005)

NACLA special issue on immigration: "Of Migrants and Minutemen: Inside the Immigration Battle," MAY/JUN 2007.

John Ross, The Annexation of Mexico (Monroe, ME.: Common Courage Press, 1998)

Gabriel Thompson, There’s No José Here: Following the Hidden Lives of Mexican Immigrants (New York: Nation Books, 2007)

Suggested Films:

Abandoned: The Betrayal of America’s Immigrants, directed by David Belle and NicholasWrathall (55 min. 2000) Bullfrog Films:

Farmingville, directed by Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini (78 min., 2003)
Camino Bluff Productions, Inc.:

H-2 Worker, directed by Stephanie Black (70 min. 1990) Valley Filmworks, Inc.:

Los Trabajadores/The Workers, directed by Heather Courtney (48 min. 2001) New Day Films:

Uprooted: Refugees of the Global Economy, directed by National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) with Sasha Khokha, Ulla Nilsen, Jon Fromer, and Francisco Herrera (28 min. 2001) National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights: