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%.

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  • Our Executive Director Jojo Annobil and Deputy Director @c_stewart_esq were in Texas this week for Justice Fellow r… https://t.co/EbPxTNkO0W
  • RT @KennjiKizuka: A Mexican immigration official told @humanrights1st yesterday that CBP has sent 10,000 asylum seekers & migrants to Matam…
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  • RT @newamericans: Only amazing #teamwork can help so many aspiring #USCitizens through the application process. Kudos to @YoSoyDUSA @CUNYCi…
  • Our IJC Community Fellows were honored to take part in the largest naturalization event in the history of New York… https://t.co/0ymyTJQbZp
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