The ILP also provides a space for the study, research and advocacy of issues that affect working and low-income immigrant communities and develops grassroots organizing skills among students by collaborating with labor leaders, scholars, workers, community members, and activists to address issues common to working and low-income immigrant communities.
Student coordinators will dedicate 5-10 hours a week actively supporting a grassroots project in conjunction with community partners. In the past, coordinators have:
- Successfully advocated for the creation of the Immigrant Justice Legal Services Grant program that provides legal support for D.C. immigrants preparing asylum applications, applying for citizenship, and learning about their rights.
- Held trainings to grow Sanctuary DMV‘s Rapid Response and Accompaniment Network to respond to ICE activity in our area and accompany immigrants to their immigration hearings and check-ins.
- Mobilized students and community members to attend protests in support of a clean Dream Act, protecting Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and comprehensive immigration reform.
- Worked with Many Languages One Voice (MLOV) to support the worker-led promotor committee by conducting research on employers; strategizing with promotores and MLOV organizers; accompanying workers and committee members to file claims at the Office of Wage-Hour; and accompanying workers and committee members in walk-backs and other direct actions if deemed appropriate.
- Partnered with the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) to research and organize with the immigrant community for better access to driver’s licenses through the Limited Purpose Driver Licenses Project in DC.
Meet Our Student Coordinators
Kendra Layton and Chris Wager
Joanna Foote and Sophia Sepp
Elisabeth Springer and Grace Wallack
Prior to the fall of 2015, the Immigration and Labor Project was known as the Day Laborer Exchange (DLE), a community-based education program that addressed structural issues affecting day laborers.