What We Do
AIJN is an all-volunteer organization with the mission of building relationships with our immigrant neighbors in the greater Annapolis area. We support neighbors in our community by connecting them to legal assistance and other resources. We act on our belief that all people have a right to thrive. Our founder, Suzanne Conti Martin, is a long time Annapolis resident who established AIJN with the support and partnership of the United Church of Christ of Annapolis in April, 2017.
Our partners include faith organizations, businesses, community organizations, legal firms, and concerned citizens in the Annapolis area. Many of the people we help are refugees who have fled violent situations in their home countries and have come to our community with little but the incredible desire to live and thrive.
The people we help live and work in our community. One such neighbor and friend is one of the artists who sculpted the famous birds that greet visitors all along West Street. These immigrants and refugees are mothers and fathers, children and cousins, sons and daughters, coworkers and friends. They are a cherished part of the fabric of our Annapolis family.
Ways We Help
Connect refugee and other immigrant neighbors to legal services such as Esperanza Center, World Relief, Kids in Need of Defense, Inc, and private immigration lawyers
Support asylum seekers and visa applicants seeking attorney representation through our Legal Assistance Fund
Provide logistical and moral support for federal immigration hearings, ICE check-ins, legal consultations and medical appointments
Link our immigrant neighbors to other local resources such as Organization of Hispanics/Latin Americans of Anne Arundel County, Center of Help, Light House Shelter, and Haley’s Helping Hands
Establish and develop relationships with our business, civic, community, educational, faith, and legal partners
Funded 46 legal consultations with immigration attorneys
Provided 14 asylum seekers and visa applicants, including 6 children, access to full attorney representation through our legal assistance fund
Connected an additional 3 people, including 1 child, to full pro bono legal representation
Launched AIJN legal clinic program in Annapolis area for local consultations
Organized 54 accompaniments for immigrant neighbors through our case management, driver and interpreter teams
What You Can Do
1. If you have 5 minutes, you can donate. Donations go towards our Legal Assistance Fund.
Annapolis Immigration Justice Network (AIJN) is a program of The United Church of Christ of Annapolis (UCC). The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax deductible.
2. If you have a half day or a whole day, you can volunteer with us to give our immigrant neighbors rides to appointments, hearings, shopping, or you can help bring goods and supplies to them.
3. If you have the ability to speak Spanish, you can volunteer to help us help our immigrant neighbors.
4. If you have legal experience with immigration issues, you can volunteer to support our legal assistance fund.
5. If you have ideas about events that would support AIJN or the community of immigrants we serve, please let us know. We can be reached through email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone, 717-584-4890.
6. If you know about an event or an immigrant’s situation that AIJN should be involved in, please let us know. We can be reached through email at email@example.com, or by phone, 717-584-4890.
7. Everyone has something to offer! If what you have is not on this list, contact us and we can talk about how you can help our immigrant neighbors.