As the number of immigrants placed in detention grows exponentially, Amica Center for Immigrant Rights is the only legal service provider focused on serving detained women, men, and children held in 12 jails and juvenile centers in Maryland and Virginia. Thousands are asylum seekers fleeing violence, abuse, and human trafficking; hundreds are children who migrated alone or have been forcibly separated from their parents. So Amica Center offers legal orientation, individual consultation, pro bono representation, and “Know Your Rights” trainings, empowering immigrants facing detention and deportation to achieve equal justice. It also trains attorneys working in the immigration and criminal justice arenas, conducts extensive community outreach and education, and passionately advocates for policies that protect immigrant rights. Consider this: in 2018, Amica Center for Immigrant Rights served 850+ unaccompanied children – 300 more than the year before. The need is growing: can your support grow with it?

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Statewide; VA-Statewide

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); All

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Immigrants/Refugees; Gays/Lesbians; HIV/AIDs

  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   1,500
  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:   500
  • Number of hours of volunteer work we record annually:   2,000
  • Number of children who received "Know Your Rights" presentations:   1,000
  • Number of volunteer hours donated by pro bono attorneys:   22,000

Awards & Recognition

HBA-DC's 2013 Hugh A. Johnson Memorial Award
Kathy Doan, Executive Director, recepient of 2015 Jerrold Scoutt Prize from the DC Bar Foundation


Budget (FY2023)

  • The current budget for Amica Center for Immigrant Rights (formerly Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition) is: $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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