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Indian Law Resource Center
The Center provides legal assistance to indigenous peoples of the Americas to combat racism and oppression, to protect their lands and environment, to protect their cultures and ways of life, to achieve sustainable economic development and genuine self-government, and to realize their other human rights.
The Indian Law Resource Center seeks to overcome the grave problems that threaten Native peoples by advancing the rule of law, by establishing national and international legal standards that preserve their human rights and dignity, and by challenging the governments of the world to accord justice and equality before the law to all indigenous peoples of the Americas.
The Indian Law Resource Center is a non-proﬁt law and advocacy organization established and directed by American Indians. We provide legal assistance to Indian and Alaska Native nations who are working to protect their lands, resources, human rights, environment and cultural heritage. Our principal goal is the preservation and well-being of Indian and other Native nations and tribes.
Founded in 1978, the Center provides assistance to Indian nations and indigenous peoples in the United States and throughout the Americas. The Center has an international Board of Directors, and is a Non-Governmental Organization in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The Indian Law Resource Center is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We are funded by grants and contributions from individuals, foundations, and Indian nations.
African Law Center
African Law Center, Inc. was founded on May 30, 2013, by a group of Africans living in the United States to address the shortage of competent legal service providers addressing the needs of African refugees and immigrants living in the United States. This shortage or lack of interest to serve Africans was based on claims that Africans were hard to reach and difficult to effectively communicate with because of language barriers. From our inception, we set out to provide culturally appropriate and linguistically accessible service breaking down barriers that kept African refugees and immigrants from exercising their civil and human rights.
By tackling common stereotypes and discrimination such as property owners inquiring about their ethnicity, making derogatory remarks about Africans, then refusing to lease housing; being denied access to healthcare and health insurance; children denied educational services; or people providing misleading information that appears to purposefully frustrate Africans seeking legal status they are otherwise qualified for; and neighbors calling the police to report feeling scared that a group of Africans was visiting next door, to name a few; we empower the African refugee and immigrant to once again take control of their lives as they go about making informed decisions about their wellbeing.
Today, our work helps African refugees and immigrants assert their rights to live safely without harassment and fear, obtain decent shelter and food, move freely, access employment, education and healthcare, and enjoy equal protection under the law. We are able to do this because unlike other service providers, we are culturally relatable and connect with our clients and community on a more personal level, to make them more receptive to our advice and counsel because we are the only organization in the United States exclusively protecting their rights run by Africans who share some of their daily experience.