Reflecting on AI Justice’s Impact in 2023

We are proud to have served 10,056 clients from 83 countries in 2023. As we strive to have a greater impact in 2024, we are deeply grateful for your continued support and hope that you will join us for another year protecting of the rights of our immigrant community. Who are our clients? 100% of our clients are low-income based …

Shalyn Fluharty, Executive Director

Shalyn “Shay” Fluharty is Executive Director of Americans for Immigrant Justice. Immediately prior to joining AI Justice, Shay served as an attorney consultant at Fordham University School of Law, where she led the Feerick Center for Social Justice’s national effort to expand access to counsel for mothers, fathers, and children who seek asylum. Shay has over fifteen years of experience …

A New Year’s Resolution from our New Executive Director

It is an honor to write to you as the new Executive Director of Americans for Immigrant Justice. After nearly a decade at the Texas-Mexico border, I join AI Justice committed to building an America that celebrates the contributions of individuals who immigrate to the United States and to welcoming them with dignity. As I look towards 2023, I long …

Sharing News About My Retirement: Note from Co-Founder and Executive Director Cheryl Little

When Sisters Catherine Cassidy, Maureen Kelleher and I began planning for Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC) in 1995, we never dreamed it would become a relatively large, nationally recognized organization. All of you reading this letter played a role in strengthening our ability to stand strong in the storm of ever-changing immigration laws and policies aimed at stripping away immigrants’ …

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Shameful Treatment of Haitians

Published September 27, 2021 Statement from Cheryl Little, Co-founder and Executive Director My first job after graduation from law school was at the Haitian Refugee Center where I learned firsthand the extent of the discrimination against Haitians. Since then, the shameful treatment has only escalated. For decades U.S. policy impacting Haitian asylum seekers has created an almost insurmountable barrier for …

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Child Clients Still Face Insurmountable Challenges

Published August 26, 2021 For most of 2020, children arriving alone at our border were expelled in violation of a federal law requiring that they have their day in court before removal. On February 2, 2021 the Biden administration reversed that directive and our local ORR facilities are once again filling up with children in need of legal services. Below are …

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Detention Numbers Must Be Reduced

In recent months, our Detention team has seen a marked change in the number and types of immigrants detained locally and nationwide. In January 2021, the Biden administration inherited a record low number of 14,195 people in immigration detention, in large part due to Trump’s closing of the border following COVID-19. Fast-forward almost 6 months later, and over 27,000 persons have …

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Janet R. McAliley

Former Member, Miami-Dade County School Board Janet McAliley was a former member of the Miami-Dade County School Board. She was first elected to the School Board in 1980 and was subsequently re-elected three times, serving for four terms until 1996. Among her many accomplishments during her tenure was helping an undocumented high school student secure status so that she could …

Un juego de espera peligroso: las protecciones de asilo continúan siendo erosionadas

Sin descanso para los malvados Después de regresar de Tijuana, sentí que entendía bien el estado actual del proceso de asilo en la frontera. En un ejemplo de cómo las cosas cambian de la noche a la mañana, el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS) anunció anoche que continuaría con sus Protocolos de Protección de Migrantes (MPP), donde algunos solicitantes de …

Los abogados de AI AI reflexionan sobre su tiempo en la frontera: pensamientos finales

Adonia Simpson, directora del programa de defensa familiar de AI Justice, y Jessica Shulruff Schneider, directora del programa de detención de AI Justice, reflexionan sobre sus experiencias de voluntariado como proveedores de servicios legales en la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México. Regresamos a Miami el martes por la mañana y todavía estamos procesando la experiencia. Como prometió el equipo …