Non-profit

NILC Immigrant Justice Fund

Location:

LOS ANGELES, CA

Tax ID:

46-2030419

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(4)

Budget (2019):

Revenue: $977,788
Expenses: $655,635
Assets: $447,971

Type:

Pro-immigration activism

Founded:

2013

Executive Director:

Marielena Hincapié

NILC Immigrant Justice Fund is the lobbying and electoral partner organization of the National Immigration Law Center. It advocates for liberalization of federal immigration law and works to mobilize immigrants in the political process to support left-of-center candidates who support expansionist immigration policy. The organization ran ads in key battleground states against Donald Trump during the 2020 presidential election. [1] [2]

Founding and History

The Immigrant Justice Fund was founded as an affiliate organization of the National Immigration Law Center in 2013 as a 501(c)(4) organization that engages in direct activism and lobbying to change federal immigration law. [3] It also works to mobilize low-income immigrants as part of the political process. [4]

The fund was very active in the 2020 presidential election. In August 2020, the fund, along with over 170 other organizations, signed onto the 2021 Immigration Action Plan, advocating for changes in the federal immigration system, including “decriminalizing immigration,” ending the use of immigration jails, and “reimagining” federal immigration courts. [5]

Beginning in September 2020, the fund began releasing digital ads targeting 130,000 voters in Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Arizona. The ads were focused on attacking the Trump administration’s immigration rhetoric and record and highlighting the role that immigrants play in the U.S. economy, especially in the health care industry. [6]

After the 2020 presidential election, the fund claimed that its activity had helped to defeat President Trump and “save[] American democracy.” [7]

Leadership

Marielena Hincapie is the executive director of the Immigrant Justice Fund and its partner organization, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC). She began working for NILC in 2000 as a staff attorney, later becoming the director of programs in 2004 and assuming her current position in 2008. She has been involved in numerous other immigration related advocacy groups and organizations, including as cochair of the Biden-Sanders Unity Taskforce on Immigration, the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration, and as a Practitioner-in-Residence at the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at the University of California—Berkeley School of Law. [8] In fiscal year 2020, Hincapie was compensated a total of $239,250. This amount was paid by the NILC. [9] It was announced in September of 2021 that Hincapie will be leaving the NILC in June 2022. [10]

The board of the Immigrant Justice Fund includes several highly ranked left-of-center activists, including John Bisognano, the executive director of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee; Yasmin Radjy, the national political director of Planned Parenthood Action Fund; and Rico Saenz, the executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). [11]

Finances

In fiscal year 2019, Immigrant Justice Fund generated $1,461,039 in revenue, of which the entire amount was from contributions and grants received. It had $1,367,586 in expenses, of which $617,777 was allocated towards employee salary and compensation (an increase from $226,565 the previous fiscal year) and $46,500 was paid out in grants. The group ended the year with $825,265 in total assets, up from $447,971 the previous year, but also increased total liabilities from $50,445 to $334,286 ending the year with $490,979 in net assets, up from $397,526 at the end of the previous fiscal year. [12]

References

  1. “About: Immigrant Justice Fund.” NILC Immigrant Justice Fund. Accessed May 3, 2022. https://www.immigrantjusticefund.org/mission-1. ^
  2. “NILC Immigrant Justice Fund Releases First Flight Of Digital Ads Targeting Persuadable Voters In Battleground States With Winning, Pro-Immigrant Messages.” NILC Immigrant Justice Fund. September 4, 2020. Accessed May 3, 2022. https://www.immigrantjusticefund.org/press/2020/9/4/nilc-immigrant-justice-fund-releases-first-flight-of-digital-ads-targeting-persuadable-voters-in-battleground-states-with-winning-pro-immigrant-messages. ^
  3. “About: Immigrant Justice Fund.” NILC Immigrant Justice Fund. Accessed May 3, 2022. https://www.immigrantjusticefund.org/mission-1. ^
  4.  “Mission.” NILC Immigrant Justice Fund. Accessed May 3, 2022. https://www.immigrantjusticefund.org/mission. ^
  5. “As Trump Prepares Immigration Rally in Arizona, Over 170 Organizations Release ‘2021 Immigration Action Plan,’ Offering Blueprint to Transform America’s Immigration System.” NILC Immigrant Justice Fund. August 18, 2020. Accessed May 3, 2022. https://www.immigrantjusticefund.org/press/2020/8/18/as-trump-prepares-immigration-rally-in-arizona-over-170-organizations-release-2021-immigration-action-plan-offering-blueprint-to-transform-americas-immigration-system ^
  6. “NILC Immigrant Justice Fund Releases First Flight Of Digital Ads Targeting Persuadable Voters In Battleground States With Winning, Pro-Immigrant Messages.” NILC Immigrant Justice Fund. September 4, 2020. Accessed May 3, 2022. https://www.immigrantjusticefund.org/press/2020/9/4/nilc-immigrant-justice-fund-releases-first-flight-of-digital-ads-targeting-persuadable-voters-in-battleground-states-with-winning-pro-immigrant-messages. ^
  7. “NILC Immigrant Justice Fund Statement on Biden Victory in 2020 Presidential Election.” NILC Immigrant Justice Fund. October 7, 2020. https://www.immigrantjusticefund.org/press/2020/11/7/nilc-immigrant-justice-fund-statement-on-biden-victory-in-2020-presidential-election ^
  8. “Leadership.” NILC Immigrant Justice Fund. Accessed May 7, 2022. https://www.immigrantjusticefund.org/leadership. ^
  9. NILC Immigration Justice Fund. Return of an Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990). 2019. Part VII ^
  10. Gastelum, Juan. “Marielena Hincapié to Leave National Immigration Law Center in June 2022.” National Immigration Law Center. September 14, 2021. https://www.nilc.org/2021/09/14/marielena-hincapie-to-leave-national-immigration-law-center-in-june-2022/. ^
  11. “Board of Directors.” NILC Immigrant Justice Fund. Accessed May 7, 2022. https://www.immigrantjusticefund.org/board. ^
  12. NILC Immigration Justice Fund. Return of an Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990). 2019. Part I ^

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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: June - May
  • Tax Exemption Received: September 1, 2014

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2019 Jun Form 990 $977,788 $655,635 $447,971 $50,445 N $977,788 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2018 Jun Form 990 $569,587 $645,036 $166,800 $91,427 N $569,587 $0 $0 $28,700 PDF
    2017 Jun Form 990 $435,435 $274,695 $160,822 $10,000 N $435,435 $0 $0 $20,135 PDF
    2016 Jun Form 990 $50,000 $76,917 $4,873 $14,791 N $0 $50,000 $0 $4,207
    2015 Jun Form 990 $0 $182,286 $18,224 $1,225 N $0 $0 $0 $37,558 PDF
    2014 Jun Form 990 $517,705 $1,536,215 $532,742 $333,457 N $517,705 $0 $0 $24,505 PDF
    2013 Jun Form 990 $1,430,000 $212,205 $1,430,000 $212,205 N $1,430,000 $0 $0 $0 PDF

    NILC Immigrant Justice Fund

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