Guide to Immigration Law Groups at the ABA

The ABA maintains an extensive array of opportunities for lawyers with an interest in immigration law. Here, we present a quick guide to some prominent membership opportunities within the association.

Young Lawyers Division: Immigration and Naturalization Law Committee

The Immigration and Naturalization Committee works to improve understanding of immigration issues by bringing together private- and public-sector lawyers, government lawyers, students, academics, and others around the globe with a common interest in immigration. Our objectives are to develop awareness of immigration issues around the world, and to encourage discussion of legal issues in particular jurisdictions. The committee develops programs on key legal issues surrounding immigration policy matters, and to promote worldwide networks of legal professionals among ABA members.

Commission on Immigration Law

The Commission directs the ABA’s efforts to ensure fair treatment and full due process rights for immigrants and refugees within the United States. The Commission works to coordinate and strengthen the ABA’s response to legal developments and to address the needs of immigrants and newcomers. Among our greatest concerns are the erosion of due process safeguards, the growing reliance on detention, and the lack of access to legal information and counsel for individuals in immigration proceedings, including vulnerable groups such as unaccompanied immigrant children and mentally disabled individuals.

Section of International Law: Immigration and Naturalization Committee

The Committee's mission is to promote the rule of law by bringing together private- and public-sector lawyers, government lawyers, students, academics, and others around the globe with a common interest in immigration. Our objectives are to develop awareness of immigration issues around the world, and to encourage discussion of legal issues in particular jurisdictions. Among our projects, we produce quarterly newsletters, develop programs on key legal issues in the field for ABA meetings, propose and comment on immigration policy matters, and establish worldwide networks of legal professionals among ABA members.