NWIRP Files Lawsuit Targeting Corrupt ICE Official
10/23/2014
Forged Document Led to Deportation Order Against Long-Time Community Member



NWIRP Expanding Statewide Efforts to Help Undocumented Youth Gain Education and Career Opportunities
8/27/2014
Program supported by recent grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.



NWIRP and Partners Ask Federal Court to Block Deportation Hearings for Children Without Legal Representation
8/1/2014
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and partners have asked a federal court to immediately block the government from pursuing deportation proceedings against several children unless it ensures those youth have legal representation. The move comes as immigration courts are speeding up deportation hearings against children in an expedited process sometimes referred to as a "rocket docket."



Final Order Provides Hundreds of Class Members in Duran-Gonzalez v. Holder with New Opportunity to Remain in US with Family
7/24/2014
After 8 years of litigation led by NWIRP, a group of nearly 1,500 community members will finally have the opportunity to remain in the United States with their families.



NWIRP and Partners Sue Federal Government over Failure to Provide Legal Representation for Children Placed into Deportation Proceedings
7/9/2014
On July 9, 2014, NWIRP and partners filed a national class action lawsuit against the Federal Government challenging their failure to provide legal representation to thousands of children facing deportation proceedings in immigration court.



Federal Court Rules Immigrant Detainees Must Be Given Bond Hearings
3/12/2014
A federal court ruled late yesterday that a class of immigrants detained at the Tacoma-based Northwest Detention Center must be given bond hearings.



Federal Judge Approves Settlement Agreement in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers
11/5/2013
“We are very excited that after the Court’s order, we are only four weeks away from changes that will help thousands of asylum seekers, people who were placed in desperate circumstances, unable to seek employment to support themselves and their families while waiting for their asylum applications to be resolved,” said Chris Strawn, director of the asylum unit at NWIRP.



Federal Judge Preliminarily Approves Amended Settlement Agreement in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers
9/27/2013



Settlement Reins in Border Patrol Stops on the Olympic Peninsula
9/24/2013
Today, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and the ACLU of Washington announce a settlement agreement in a lawsuit that challenged the Border Patrol’s practice of stopping vehicles and interrogating occupants in the Olympic Peninsula.



Court Rules Law Enforcement Can't Prolong Stop to Question an Individual About Immigration Status
9/17/2013
“This case was a clear-cut example of racial profiling. We are pleased that the Court made clear that state and local law enforcement are not authorized to detain individuals to investigate their immigration status. This will help ensure that people are not subjected to unlawful detention just to investigate their perceived immigration status,” said Matt Adams, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project staff attorney.



Federal Judge Grants Preliminary Approval of Settlement Agreement in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers
5/8/2013
On May 8, 2013, a federal district court issued an order preliminarily approving a settlement agreement in a nationwide class action lawsuit that challenged the denial of work authorization to asylum seekers who have been waiting six months or more for a decision on their asylum applications.



Vulnerable Immigrants in Deportation Proceedings Unable to Represent Themselves Must Get Counsel and a Hearing
4/23/2013
“We are so pleased that, after three years of hard-pressed litigation, we have achieved a milestone of this significance--appointed counsel for one of the most vulnerable populations detained by the government,” said Michael H. Stenberg, co-lead counsel in a case won today on behalf of people in deportation proceedings that are unable to represent themselves in court due to mental disability.



Northwest Immigrant Rights Project to Recognize Regional Leaders
4/22/2013
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project will celebrate 29 years of fighting for justice for immigrants and refugees at an anniversary dinner and fundraiser Friday, April 26 at the Westin Seattle.



Class Action Lawsuit Forces Policy Change to Protect Detained Immigrants with Serious Mental Disabilities
4/22/2013
A class action lawsuit brought on by NWIRP, ACLU of Southern California and others, saw action today in the form of protection for people held in detention facilities who have serious mental health issues. Before this time, Immigration Customs Enforcement had not even begun to develop procedures to identify detainees with mental disabilities, and such individuals were forced to defend themselves in court. "Finally all sides seem to acknowledge that persons with severe disabilities need legal representation to have any chance at a fair hearing..." said Matt Adams, NWIRP Legal Director.



Agreement Reached in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers
4/15/2013
The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security have agreed to settle a nationwide class action lawsuit challenging the denial of work authorization to asylum seekers who have been waiting six months or more for a decision on their asylum applications. If approved, this agreement will help ensure that asylum seekers are not prevented from working and supporting their families while the government decides their cases.



UW Report: Collaboration between King County jails and ICE results in unfair and costly impact
3/27/2013
A study released today shows that collaboration between King Co. jails and ICE results in unfair and costly community impact - community members paying a terrible human cost that cannot be quantified.



Widespread Abuse by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Documented in National Wave of Complaints
3/13/2013
This week, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and an alliance of immigrant advocates joined forces in filing complaints targeting abuses by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) across the country. Ten damages cases were filed yesterday alleging unlawful CBP conduct in northern and southern border states.



Legal Groups to Announce Wave of Cases Highlighting Nationwide Abuses By U.S. Customs and Border Protection
3/12/2013
On Wednesday March 13, an alliance of immigration groups, private attorneys and a law school clinic will announce ten cases targeting abuses by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) across the country. On the call, attorneys involved in the litigation, as well as a plaintiff in one of the cases, will comment. Case summaries will also be made available.



Granger Community Legal Workshop: Get Free Attorney Help With DREAMer Deferred Action Forms
2/6/2013
NWIRP and partners will present a free legal workshop aimed at helping community members understand and apply for the Obama Administration’s DREAMer “Deferred Action” program application process on Saturday, February 9th in Granger.



Seattle/Des Moines Community Legal Workshop: Get Free Attorney Help With DREAMer Deferred Action Forms
1/31/2013
NWIRP and partners will present a free legal workshop aimed at helping community members understand and apply for the Obama Administration’s DREAMer “Deferred Action” program application process on Saturday, February 2 in Seattle/Des Moines.



NWIRP places two members on key Shriver Center Leadership Program
1/15/2013
Two members of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) have been selected to join the inaugural class of the Washington Equal Justice Community Leadership Academy, a statewide program developed by the renowned Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and the Washington State Access to Justice Board in partnership with the Alliance for Equal Justice.



Border Patrol Policy Change Important Victory for Border Communities
12/13/2012
Important victory for border communities!



Granger Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action
11/26/2012
NWIRP and partners will present a free legal workshop aimed at helping community members understand and access the Obama Administration’s DREAMer “Deferred Action” program application process on Saturday, December 1st in Granger.



Omak Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action
11/26/2012
NWIRP and partners will present a free legal workshop aimed at helping community members understand and access the Obama Administration’s DREAMer “Deferred Action” program application process on Saturday, December 8th in Omak.



Bellevue Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action
11/7/2012
NWIRP and partners will present a free legal workshop aimed at helping community members understand and access the Obama Administration’s DREAMer “Deferred Action” program application process on Saturday, November 17th in Bellevue.



Spokane Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action
10/18/2012
NWIRP and partners will present a free legal workshop aimed at helping community members understand and access the Obama Administration’s DREAMer “Deferred Action” program application process on Saturday, October 27 in Spokane.



Yakima Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action
10/10/2012
NWIRP and partners will present a free legal workshop aimed at helping community members understand and access the Obama Administration’s DREAMer “Deferred Action” program application process on Saturday, October 13 in Yakima.



Everett Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action
10/4/2012
NWIRP and partners will present a free legal workshop aimed at helping community members understand and access the Obama Administration’s much anticipated DREAMer “Deferred Action” program application process on Saturday, October 6 in Everett.



Mattawa and Yakima Community Legal Workshops: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action
10/4/2012
NWIRP and partners will present two free legal workshops aimed at helping community members understand and access the Obama Administration’s much anticipated DREAMer “Deferred Action” program application process on Saturday, October 6 in Mattawa and October 13 in Yakima.



Olympia/Lacey Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action
9/27/2012
NWIRP and partners will present a free legal workshop aimed at helping community members understand and access the Obama Administration’s much anticipated DREAMer “Deferred Action” program application process on Saturday, September 29 in Olympia/Lacey.



NWIRP Presents: An Evening at Wing Luke Celebrating 28 Years of Reuniting Families
9/27/2012
Please join Northwest Immigrant Rights Project for an elegant and inspiring event to celebrate NWIRP's 28th Anniversary and raise funds to fulfill our mission. The unique ambiance of Wing Luke Asian Museum, located in Seattle's International District, will provide an interactive and memorable setting for this fun reception. All proceeds to benefit Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Featuring live entertainment, delicious appetizers, wine and fun!



Walla Walla Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action
9/19/2012
NWIRP and partners will present a free legal workshop aimed at helping community members understand and access the Obama Administration’s much anticipated DREAMer “Deferred Action” program application process on Saturday, September 22 in Walla Walla.



Pasco Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action
9/13/2012
NWIRP and partners will present a free legal workshop aimed at helping community members understand and access the Obama Administration’s much anticipated DREAMer “Deferred Action” program application process on Saturday, September 15 in Pasco.



Seattle/Des Moines Community Legal Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action
9/13/2012
NWIRP and partners will present a free legal workshop aimed at helping community members understand and access the Obama Administration’s much anticipated DREAMer “Deferred Action” program application process on Saturday, September 15 in Seattle/Des Moines.



Wenatchee Community Workshop: Talk to an Attorney About DREAMer Deferred Action
9/6/2012
NWIRP and partners will present a free legal workshop aimed at helping community members understand and access the Obama Administration’s much anticipated DREAMer “Deferred Action” program application process on Saturday, September 8 in Wenatchee.



10 Members of Congress Join Northern Borders Coalition Demand for Civil Rights Audit of Border Patrol
8/28/2012
Ten Members of Congress, including Washington Reps. Jim McDermott and Adam Smith, have signed onto a letter calling for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct an independent investigation of Customs and Border Protection’s use of its authority to stop people and vehicles within 100 miles of the northern border.



Federal Judge Rules that Lawsuit Against Border Patrol Actions on Olympic Peninsula May Move Forward
8/28/2012
On Monday, August 27, 2012, Federal Judge Benjamin Settle issued an order denying the government’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit targeting unlawful U.S. Border Patrol actions in the Olympic Peninsula. The lawsuit, filed by NWIRP and ACLU-WA, seeks to end the Border Patrol’s practice of stopping vehicles and interrogating occupants without legal justification.



Granger Community Workshop: Do you qualify for DREAMer Deferred Action?
8/16/2012
Granger, WA - On Tuesday, August 21, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) will present the first of many statewide workshops aimed at helping community members understand the Obama Administration’s much anticipated DREAMer “Deferred Action” program application process.



Tacoma Community Workshop – Do you qualify for DREAMer Deferred Action?
8/16/2012
NWIRP will present a free workshop aimed at helping community members understand the Obama Administration's much anticipated DREAMer "Deferred Action" program application process on Saturday, August 25, 2012.



Wednesday: Press Conference - The DREAMer Deferred Action Program Unveiled
8/14/2012
Today the Obama Administration released the much anticipated DREAMer "Deferred Action" program application process, which will remove the threat of deportation for as many as 30,000 youth in Washington State who meet the program's requirements. Tomorrow, NWIRP will participate in a joint press conference with key allies to outline their efforts to serve youth that qualify for the program in Washington State.



Immigrant Rights and Civil Rights Leaders React to SB1070 Decision and Announce Renewed Efforts to Fight
6/25/2012
The Supreme Court issued its decision today on the constitutionality of SB 1070, Arizona's notorious anti-immigrant law. NWIRP joins key allies today in a joint press conference to provide reaction to and commentary on the decision.



Federal Agency Rules Against Use of Border Patrol Agents as Interpreters
5/31/2012
In a precedent-setting decision released publicly today, the Department of Agriculture’s civil rights office said that the U.S. Forest Service discriminated against Latinos on the Olympic Peninsula by using Border Patrol agents as interpreters and as law-enforcement support in routine matters. The case was brought to the USDA by Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.



Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Presents: 28th Anniversary Celebration
5/2/2012
Seattle - Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) will celebrate twenty-eight years of defending immigrants’ rights at its largest fundraiser of the year, the 28th Anniversary Celebration this Friday, May 4, 2012. This event takes place at Sky Church at EMP Museum from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, with a brief program and awards beginning at 6:45PM.



NWIRP Challenges Local Law Enforcement Use of U.S. Border Patrol Agents as “Interpreters”
5/1/2012
Today, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and cooperating attorneys Elizabeth Hawkins and Wendy Hernandez filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security challenging the practice of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies calling in U.S. Border Patrol agents as “interpreters” for routine matters. The complaint asserts that this practice violates federal laws including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, by failing to ensure that all persons have access to government services, regardless of limited English skills.



Lawsuit Challenges Unconstitutional Stops and Interrogations by Border Patrol Agents on Olympic Peninsula
4/26/2012
Three residents of the Olympic Peninsula today filed a class-action lawsuit challenging the U.S. Border Patrol’s practice of stopping vehicles and interrogating occupants without legal justification. Filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, the lawsuit says that the Border Patrol’s suspicionless stops on the Peninsula violate constitutional rights, and it seeks a court injunction barring such unlawful stops in the future. Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and the ACLU of Washington are representing the residents and will seek class-action status for the suit.



Federal Judge Certifies Class Action Asserting Right to Counsel for Immigrant Detainees with Mental Disabilities
12/20/2011
In a huge victory on behalf of unrepresented mentally disabled immigrants held in immigration detention facilities, a federal judge has ruled that NWIRP and partners, are assigned to represent the detainees as a class. "We can now focus on fighting for the right to counsel so that they receive a fair hearing." said Matt Adams, Legal Director for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.



Northwest Immigrant Rights Project & Partners Target “Asylum Clock” in Class Action Lawsuit
12/20/2011
Following widespread problems with the "asylum clock" (the system gov't agencies use to determine when asylum seeking immigrants can apply for employment authorization), NWIRP and partners filed a class action lawsuit. "Too many people are left in abject poverty for months and sometimes years, while waiting for their asylum application to be resolved."



Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Presents: An Evening at Wing Luke, Celebrating 27 Years of Reuniting Families
10/14/2011
Please join Northwest Immigrant Rights Project for an elegant and inspiring event to celebrate NWIRP's 27th Anniversary and raise funds to fulfill our mission. The unique ambiance of Wing Luke Asian Museum, located in Seattle's International District, will provide an interactive and memorable setting for this fun reception. All proceeds to benefit Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Featuring live entertainment, delicious appetizers, wine and fun!



Minor Changes to "Secure Communities" Do Not Address Inherent Problems with the Program
6/21/2011
NWIRP again voiced its strong opposition to the so-called “Secure Communities” program of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), despite the changes announced by ICE last week. NWIRP continues to call on state and county officials in Washington State to oppose this program, which will inject local law enforcement officials into immigration enforcement.



Man Nearly Deported Awaiting Asylum Decision for Sixteen Years
6/15/2011
Seattle - Mr. Chay Ixcot will finally have the opportunity to present his asylum claim after waiting for sixteen years, thanks to Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s representation and a decision issued earlier this month by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.



Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Celebrates 27 Years of Service to Washington State Immigrants and Refugees
5/10/2011
NWIRP's 27th Anniversary Celebration will take place this Friday, May 13, 2011 from 5:30 to 8:00pm at the Experience Music Project's dramatic Sky Church. A reception featuring aerialist Michele Frances, mini-live auction and wine pull will be accompanied by a brief program and awards. This year, NWIRP will present its Golden Door Award to Michael Concannon and its Amicus Award to Omar Riojas & DLA Piper and K&L Gates.



DHS Agrees to Pay $400,000 to U.S. Citizen, Army Veteran, Unlawfully Detained by Immigration for Over Seven Months
2/24/2011
Rennison Castillo is a United States citizen and U.S. Army veteran who was imprisoned by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. It took more than seven months for the government to finally admit it had made an error and release him. Now the Department of Homeland Security has agreed to pay him $400,000 and has issued a formal apology. In addition, the government has revised their operation instructions on how to handle persons who present U.S. citizen claims.



Federal Court Rules in Favor of NWIRP Client, Reaffirms Protections for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence
2/15/2011
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Seattle immigration judge had erred in issuing a deportation order against a survivor of domestic violence whose children had been physically abused by her former partner and who had been abused herself. The decision reaffirmed that protections for domestic violence survivors in the immigration system are to be read generously and broadly.



Immigrants Win Right to Representation
12/23/2010
In a major decision, a U.S. district court has ruled that federal officials must provide representation for two men with severe mental disabilities while they fight their deportation cases, one of whom is detained at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington.



Northwest Immigrant Rights Project & Center for Justice Achieve Settlement in Case of Immigrant Detained Unlawfully
9/17/2010
NWIRP and the Center for Justice have successfully represented a Spokane man in a suit against the Spokane County Jail. Enoc Arroyo-Estrada, a Mexican citizen, was unlawfully arrested and incarcerated in Spokane County Jail for 20 days after police officers questioned his immigration status at the scene of a traffic accident.



Northwest Immigrant Rights Project & Partners File First Class-Action Lawsuit On Behalf of Immigrants with Mental Disabilities
8/2/2010
The nation’s first class action lawsuit on behalf of immigrant detainees with severe mental disabilities – detainees who are left defenseless in a system they cannot comprehend -- was filed late Monday by a coalition of legal organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, Public Counsel, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants Rights Project, the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial County, and Mental Health Advocacy Services. The suit asks a federal district court in Los Angeles to order the U.S. government to create a system for determining which non-citizens lack the mental competence to represent themselves and to appoint legal representation for those who are unable to defend themselves. Unlike the criminal court system – where appointed counsel is part of due process -- immigration courts and detention facilities have no safeguards for ensuring that the rights of people with serious mental disabilities are protected. Two plaintiffs in the suit were the subject of habeas petitions before federal courts in California last March.



United States v. Arizona racial profiling law
7/6/2010
NWIRP applauds the decision announced today by the U.S. Department of Justice that it is filing a lawsuit challenging the recently-enacted Arizona law known as "S.B. 1070." In the case filed today, United States v. Arizona, the Justice Department has asked a federal court to rule that the Arizona statute is unconstitutional. It asserts that the law is an encroachment on the federal government's role of regulating immigration and that it will result in the unlawful detention and harassment of individuals. "The lawsuit filed today by the Justice Department is an important step in ensuring that the egregious Arizona law is never enforced," said Jorge L. Barón, NWIRP's Executive Director. "However, even if this litigation is successful, it will not address the underlying challenges in our immigration system, a system that 'offends our most basic American values,' as the President himself recognized last week. NWIRP again calls on the administration to recognize the urgent need to work not only against SB 1070 but for a fair and humane reform of our immigration policies."



Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Legal Voice, Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, National Employment Law Project and ACLU of Washington Unite to Praise Washington Supreme Court Decision Protecting the Integrity of the Court System
4/15/2010
NWIRP joined LBAW, Legal Voice, NELP and the ACLU in praising a Washington State Supreme Court decision protecting the integrity of the court system in Salas v. Hi-Tech Erectors. The court held that the trial court had erred in allowing the admission of evidence of a plaintiff's immigration status during a civil case.



NWIRP to receive national recognition
10/14/2009
NWIRP announced that it will receive the 2009 Daniel Levy Award from the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild at a reception on Thursday, October 16 in Seattle. This national award comes on the heels of a separate recognition of NWIRP by the City of Seattle and King County for the organization’s work on behalf of immigrant survivors of domestic violence. The two recognitions come as NWIRP celebrates 25 years of service to the immigrant community in Washington State.



NWIRP to Celebrate 25 Years of Serving Immigrant Communities
10/5/2009
NWIRP the only organization providing comprehensive immigration legal services to low-income individuals and families in Washington State, will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with a fundraising event at the Seattle Hilton, this coming Saturday, October 10.



NWIRP E.D. Jorge Baron on KUOW 94.9
6/18/2009
KUOW talks with Jorge Baron, Executive Director at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project about the growing backlogs at Immigration Courts.



NWIRP Wins "Moving Mountains" award from Office of Crime Victims Advocacy
3/27/2009
On March 25th, NWIRP was awarded the "Moving Mountains Award" from the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy (OCVA), a division of the State's Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED). NWIRP was recognized because of our work on behalf of immigrant survivors of crime and the award was presented during OCVA's statewide conference in Yakima.



NWIRP wins City of Seattle Human Rights Award
12/4/2008
Award to be presented during Human Rights Day Celebration, Thursday, December 11



Federal Appeals Court Rules For Jamaican Gay Man and NWIRP Client, Finds “Pattern or Practice” of Persecution Against Gay Jamaican Men
9/16/2008
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled yesterday that “there exists in Jamaica a pattern or practice of persecution of gay men” and that a gay Jamaican man may be entitled to protection from deportation as a result. The court’s ruling was issued in the case of Damion Bromfield, a Jamaican man who has been detained for 43 months at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma while he fights deportation.



Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Challenging Unreasonable Delays Granting Citizenship
8/12/2008
NWIRP, ACLU-WA, and pro bono co-counsel from the law firms of Stoel Rives and Ropes and Gray have reached a preliminary settlement agreement with the federal government in a landmark class action lawsuit.



U.S. Citizen and Army Veteran Spends Nine Months In Detention While U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Denies Detaining Citizens
7/21/2008
NWIRP says ICE “disingenuous”. NWIRP today debunked claims by the Northwest regional office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that the government has not detained U.S. citizens at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma.



NWIRP Expresses Its Opposition to Planned Expansion of DHS Detention Center
7/7/2008
NWIRP today expressed its opposition to the decision of the Department of Homeland Security to expand the capacity of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. According to local news reports, the private contractor which runs the facility, the GEO Corporation, will be expanding the capacity of the detention center by 50% so that it can hold up to 1,500 individual at a time.



Matt Adams Wins National Excellence in Litigation Award
6/25/2008
Matt Adams, legal director of NWIRP, has been named recipient of the 2008 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award, given annually by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in recognition of “excellence in litigation in the field of immigration law.” Adams will receive the recognition at the upcoming AILA Annual Conference in Vancouver, Canada.