Model & Strategy

Immigrant Justice Corps is the country’s first fellowship program dedicated to providing high-quality legal assistance for immigrants fighting deportation, seeking citizenship and trying to keep their families together. IJC selects and trains the best and brightest from the nation’s leading law schools and universities to represent immigrants. Fellows commit to two full years of service at a non-profit, with training and support from Immigrant Justice Corps.  IJC puts 70 fellows in the field each year, providing legal assistance to immigrants who otherwise would be trying to navigate an impossible system alone or living in the shadows.

At a Glance
Founded: 2014
Social Justice
Location of work: Domestic
Immigrant Justice Corps
17 Battery Place
Suite 236
New York, NY 10004
Using legal assistance to lift immigrant families out of poverty
Meet Jojo Annobil

Jojo Annobil is the Executive Director of Immigrant Justice Corps. Prior to his appointment, Jojo,  was the Attorney-in-Charge of The Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Law Unit, a city-wide leader in the provision of high quality immigration legal services.  Jojo is an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law where he co-teaches the Immigrant Defense Clinic.  He also serves as Special Counsel to the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division First Department’s Disciplinary Committee on Immigration matters and is co-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Immigration Representation.

Jojo graduated from Fordham Law School in 1990 and worked at The Legal Aid Society as a staff attorney in the Criminal Appeals Bureau and as a Criminal/Immigration Specialist and Supervising Attorney in the Immigration Law Unit.  Jojo is the recipient of the Asian Americans for Equality Agent of Change Award, the Fordham Law School Louis J. Lefkowitz Public Service Award, a New York City Council Proclamation for Outstanding Service to the City of New York and the New York City Bar, Legal Services Award.

IMPACT

Founded by Judge Robert Katzmann of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and incubated by the Robin Hood Foundation, Immigrant Justice Corps removes barriers for immigrants seeking to live the American dream.

In a little over four years, IJC Fellows have screened more than 49,000 individuals and family members for relief, and are actively representing more than 5,000 individuals to challenge deportation or to obtain and maintain lawful status and citizenship. Since inception, IJC has graduated 75 Justice Fellows and 92% have secured employment practicing immigration law.

Justice Fellows have opened more than 5,000 complex cases and 92% of their closed cases have had successful outcomes. Community Fellows have screened more than 12,000 clients for immigration benefits and filed more than 7,000 applications for New Yorkers with a success rate of 95%.

  • RT @kaymsanto: An inspiring story about @IJCorps @CElhaddad and @ArabAmericanNY working together over several years to successfully obtain…
  • RT @aijenpoo: 5 children have died in @CBP custody since December. What are their names? What made them laugh? Did they have siblings? How…
  • A BIG congratulations to all the new lawyers in our Class of 2019 who are graduating from Law school this month! We… https://t.co/JCguBpz1lZ
  • Since asylum cases can take years to resolve, IJC Fellows work w/ their co-Fellows to ensure that knowledge is pres… https://t.co/mIyZDy1Rzp
  • We remain shocked & outraged by @DOJ_EOIR propaganda that falsely claims representation is of little consequence to… https://t.co/pEsHwx4zI2
  • Since its launch in September, IJC's Long Island Project, in collaboration w/ CARECEN, has enhanced the removal def… https://t.co/sh8e4FjE2M
  • RT @USCGouldLaw: Fight on, Rebecca Taylor! She is the first Gould student to earn a prestigious @IJCorps Fellowship! Read on: https://t.co…
  • We are thrilled to be at the #RobinHoodBenefit tonight representing Immigrant Justice Corps! Inspiring as always… https://t.co/O81b3g68tW
  • RT @ReichlinMelnick: Scathing letter from 27 former immigration judges, calling last week’s “myths vs. facts” document from the Executive O…
  • Meet Mariama Bah-Diallo, a first year Community Fellow at @Sauti_Yetu! This week, she’s taking over our Instagram t… https://t.co/QcVOTjYbjz
  • We are hiring! IJC is looking for a Social Worker to join our amazing Long Island Project team in #Hempstead! The p… https://t.co/6o9Mhn7Nf7
  • 🗓️ Mark your calendars! Justice Fellowship applications will open earlier this year! Apply to join the Class of 202… https://t.co/2OxC26L8bh
  • A must-read thread! IJC alumni @ReichlinMelnick breaks down the recent document @DOJ_EOIR sent out to reporters... https://t.co/4rivWnRJ3n
  • 📽️Check out the video from our event at Roosevelt House! IJC Justice Fellows describe their experiences representin… https://t.co/B2Gl9UiSzF
  • Thank you to everyone who joined us last night at Roosevelt House! The conversation reinforced that the need for fr… https://t.co/wbvWyJnQLn
  • Wonder what a week in the life of an IJC Justice Fellow looks like? 2nd year Fellow Imogene shared her week at host… https://t.co/T6t9qbDklo
  • Join us tonight at @Roosevelt_House for a panel about the situation at the Southern border, the humanitarian crisis… https://t.co/JkFR5CKZbe
  • It's #FellowFriday! Meet a few of our amazing Community Fellows from our #Bronx team! (L-R) Diana and Alexis who ar… https://t.co/Uh1S7pkKCN
  • Since Sept 2018, the Long Island Project, a partnership btwn IJC & CARECEN, has provided 300+ consultations & accep… https://t.co/6aW0G6QafX
  • "Above all, Rebecca hopes to be able to contribute to systemic change with the help of the many resources associate… https://t.co/HoTUSFC150