New Online Toll Helps Immigrants Make a Plan

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NEW YORK, NY (April 3, 2018) The Immigration Advocates Network has a new online tool to help people who are worried about aggressive immigration enforcement actions. "Make a Plan," on immi.org provides basic information to help individuals and families prepare for potential detention or deportation.

Make a Plan is available in English and Spanish at www.immi.org/home/make_a_plan . This easy-to-use, confidential tool has questions and answers to help immigrants be ready. Make a Plan covers who can take care of children, how to find detained family members, how to take care of homes, bank accounts, insurance, and other personal matters. The quiz is interactive and tailored to provide the right information.

"We created Make a Plan to give people peace of mind," said Pat Malone, Associate Director at Immigration Advocates Network (IAN). "We all hope we never need our emergency plans, but it's important to be prepared."

Make a Plan is the newest addition to immi.org, a plain language website that helps people understand legal rights in the U.S. and paths to legal immigration status. Immi features “know your rights” articles, a quiz to identify options for legal status, and a searchable directory of over 1,000 nonprofits providing immigration legal assistance. The site was created with support from Open Society Foundations and Grove Foundation.

Make a Plan is based on a collaboration with Cornell Law School's Technology, Innovation and the Law Clinic. “Our Cornell Law students were delighted to partner with IAN on this project. Now more than ever, immigrants need resources on how to prepare if they or family members face possible deportation. This tool allows users to understand their options easily,” said Stephen W. Yale-Loehr , immigration law professor at Cornell Law School.


About The Author

Patricia Malone, Associate Director, Immigration Advocates Network
Pat joined the Immigration Advocates Network in 2011. She has more than 15 years experience in nonprofit immigration law and project management. She previously worked at Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), where she started a newsletter and hotline; managed local outreach projects; represented immigrants in proceedings; trained and supported immigration practitioners; and, recruited pro bono counsel to represent immigrant children. Prior to CLINIC, Pat worked as managaging attorney at Proyecto Libertad in Harlingen, Texas, representing detained asylum-seekers; and as staff attorney at AYUDA in Washington, D.C., on a wide range of immigration cases. She has a BA from SUNY Oneonta, and a JD from the University of San Francisco. The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) is a collaborative effort of leading immigrants' rights organizations to increase access to justice for immigrants and strengthen the capacity of organizations serving them. IAN's partners include the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, American Bar Association Commission on Immigration, American Immigration Council, American Immigration Lawyers Association, ASISTA, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, National Immigration Law Center, National


Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, Pro Bono Net, The Advocates for Human Rights, and UnidosUS. To learn more, visit www.immigrationadvocates.org . Pro Bono Net is a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to justice for the disadvantaged. To learn more, visit www.probono.net. Contact: Pat Malone malone@immigrationadvocates.org"> pmalone@immigrationadvocates.org