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Introducing the Amica Center for Immigrant Rights

Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition changes it’s name.

  • Allow us to re-introduce ourselves.

    CAIR Coalition is now the Amica Center for Immigrant Rights.

    “Amica” is the Latin word for “friend,” and that echoes the way we approach what we do. Just as friends stand with one another, Amica Center stands with our clients to fight for the safety, stability, and opportunity we all deserve.

  • Our new name also reflects our new reach as an organization.

    While Amica Center continues to operate inside the DC-Maryland-Virginia area, we have grown to support our clients all over the country. We represent them in local immigration courts and work with them when their cases go on appeal—whether that means the Board of Immigration Appeals or the 3rd, 4th, and 11th U.S. Circuit Courts. Amica Center is defending our clients and setting legal precedents to benefit broad groups of immigrants.

  • New name, updated mission and purpose, same values.

    At the Amica Center for Immigrant Rights, we believe everyone has the right to be free, safe, and supported—including immigrants who are seeking safety and family. But the immigration legal system is filled with land mines. It’s challenging to navigate without a guide and leaves many people struggling to stay with their families and communities. That is where Amica Center comes in.

    Through direct legal representation and impact litigation, Amica Center is working to build a humane and just immigration system that affords everyone due process, protects all people seeking safety, and keeps communities together. We engage in unwavering legal defense and strategic litigation for immigrants facing detention or deportation, regardless of their background, because everyone has the right to live with safety, freedom, and opportunity.

    As the CAIR Coalition, we have been honored to share our name and, at times, clients with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a nonprofit, grassroots Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. To learn more about CAIR’s incredible work to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America, click here.

    Amica Center is grateful for all those who participated in the rebranding, renaming, and website redesign process. From our staff to volunteers, to funders and institutional partners, we thank you for your time, feedback, and patience.

    Amica Center would also like to acknowledge the Meyer Foundation for its generous support to help underwrite the website redesign project.

Get involved

Since our founding in 1999, the Amica Center for Immigrant Rights has reached over 50,000 people seeking to make the United States their home. We’ve grown from a staff of nine to over one hundred, with pro bono partners and a team of dedicated volunteers. We need your help in this next chapter.

Stay tuned and celebrate our new site and name with us at our anniversary bash—25 Years of Defending One Another—on September 26th at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

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