A Message from Sirine Shebaya, Executive Director

September 2022

Dear Friend,

You are helping us double down.

Together we are fighting to end a profoundly inhumane immigration system, one that disproportionately harms Black immigrants and immigrants of color.

Now we need your support to rise up.

Kelvin Silva is a 45-year-old Black Latino father and grandfather who lived in North Carolina since he was 11 years old. When Kelvin was a teen, his father, a U.S. citizen, tragically died. But under a now-repealed law, U.S. citizen fathers like Kelvin's—who was the primary parent who raised him—cannot pass their citizenship to their nonmarital children. The law is based on an archaic practice called the Guyer Rule, that is both gender- and race-discriminatory. Still, because of this rule, Kelvin was deported to the Dominican Republic last February, tearing his family apart.

Kelvin's deportation should never have happened.

Laws that punish children born 'out of wedlock' have historically denied rights to people from non-European cultures, restricting how nonwhite parents can secure citizenship for their children.

We argue in our legal brief that the Guyer Rule is unconstitutional: It discriminates based on gender, serves a racially biased purpose, and unfairly impacts immigrants of color.

Will you donate today so we can keep fighting on behalf of people like Kelvin Silva?

Kelvin is asking the Court to undo the harm of the Guyer Rule by making him a U.S. citizen, a small yet significant step in addressing the racism in the U.S. immigration system. It's about keeping families together instead of ripping them apart. It's about making Kelvin's family whole again.

Donate Now

Your gift today keeps us doubling down and rising up.

As we work on behalf of immigrants like Kelvin, we are also pushing to end immigration detention for good.

At the height of the COVID pandemic, ICE knowingly transferred dozens of individuals with COVID-19 into the Farmville Detention Center in Virginia. Farmville quickly became the site of the largest COVID outbreak of any immigration detention facility in the country. Almost everyone—nearly 350 people—became infected. One person even died.

With you, NIPNLG sued. Thanks to you, we won.

In July, we settled our lawsuit, with compensation awards for all of our clients who suffered. We also won strict limits on ICE detention at Farmville, as well as steps to prevent similar ICE recklessness in the future. Together, in close partnership with community organizations on the ground in Virginia, we confronted the inhumanity of immigration detention.

You are achieving victories for immigrant rights.

Please consider a gift this fall so NIPNLG can continue to be a force for justice. Thank you for your commitment and continued support.

With gratitude,

Sirine Shebaya, Executive Director
Washington, DC

Make a Gift Today

p.s. If you prefer, you may also mail a check to: NIPNLG • 2201 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 200 • Washington, DC 20007. Thank you.

p.p.s. We hope to see many of you online on October 12-14 for our Fall Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar, Immigration Defense Strategies, as well as our annual membership and litigation meetings. We promise a robust and dynamic conversation about how to use the law to support system change!

p.p.p.s. This spring we launched Legacy Giving at NIPNLG. Leave a legacy of justice for generations to come.