innovation law lab
“By bringing technology to the fight for immigrant justice, we enable immigrant rights advocates to increase the impact of their work, collect and analyze more data, and begin constructing permanent systems of change.”
-Innovation Law Lab
What We Do
Community Navigators play an essential role in expanding support and representation for immigrants through Equity Corps Oregon.
Pro Se legal clinics
Defend Asylum clinics triage cases, empower immigrants and create space for movement building.
Immigration Court Watch uses the expansive reach of the internet to help collect and compare observations of injustices in immigration courts across the country.
Equal parts lawyers, engineers, and organizers, Innovation Law Lab leverages advocacy, technology, and law to fight for immigrant and refugee justice. Their team responds to emergency situations and develops scalable legal representation programs along the border, in remote immigrant detention centers, and in communities around the country. Innovation Law Lab works closely with national and local organizations to challenge the systemic injustices that have become pervasive throughout the immigrant detention and deportation apparatus.
Innovation Law Lab focuses on programs that scale and connect. Using the broad reach of the internet as well as the connectivity of people who are already community members, Equity Corps Oregon created a universal representation program which relies on community navigators who empower immigrants to fight for their right to stay. Connections are also at the center of the Defend Asylum clinics in Georgia, which in addition to connecting immigrants to knowledge and resources, provide spaces for community organizing and mobilization. And to achieve accountability on a national scale, the new Immigration Court Watch tool allows immigrants across the country to report on abuses they see in immigration court and unify those voices for stronger advocacy across the country.
This website is a project of the Legal Empowerment and Immigration Network, a group convened by NYU School of Law’s Bernstein Institute for Human Rights and Global Justice Clinic. The website is part of a multi-year documentation initiative to make visible the powerful impacts of legal empowerment programs to advance the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants in the U.S.Interested in joining the network or want to find out more information? Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.