AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
Minnesota / Dakotas Chapter
Founded in 1946, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is a national bar association of attorneys who practice and teach immigration law. AILA Member attorneys represent tens of thousands of U.S. businesses and industries, foreign students, entertainers, athletes, and asylum seekers, often on a pro-bono basis. AILA is an Affiliated Organization of the American Bar Association.
Many members have asked what they can do to help with evacuation efforts and other forms of relief for those trying to flee Afghanistan. We know that local resettlement agencies are resettling Afghans with ties to Minnesota. We also know that large groups of Afghan evacuees are being sent to Virginia, California, and Texas. Our pro bono committee is in regular contact with resettlement agencies. In the event that committee hears of plans for large groups of Afghans to come to Minnesota, we will most likely need pro bono assistance. In the meantime, here is a list of resources for those interested in helping with this effort.
Statement in Response to Increase in Violence and Hate Crimes Targeting the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community – March 2021
The Executive Committee of the AILA MN/Dakotas Chapter has issued a public statement in response to the increase in violence and hate crimes targeting members of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, culminating in last week’s horrific murders in Atlanta. As part of our chapter’s commitment to promote anti-racist policies supporting all communities of color, we encourage members to support the AAPI community in several ways. Click here for the full statement.
Statement on Anti-Racism – May 2020
We recognize that the city of Minneapolis has a problem with structural racism that has long existed but was made excruciatingly visible with the death of George Floyd. The Minnesota/Dakotas chapter of AILA is committed to continuing the hard work of dismantling structural racism that exists in Minnesota and across the country. Read the MN/Dakotas Chapter’s full statement on anti-racism here.
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