The Alaska Institute for Justice is dedicated to protecting the human rights of Alaskans. Our mission is to promote and protect the human rights of all Alaskans including immigrants, refugees and Alaska Native communities by providing critical services to these underserved populations, including legal representation, language interpretative services, and training and educational programs.
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AIJ houses three key statewide programs: 1) Alaska Immigration Justice Project; 2) Language Interpreter Center; and 3) Research and Policy Institute, which focuses on social and environmental justice issues. AIJ is the only nonprofit agency in Alaska providing legal representation to immigrants and refugees. The LIC focuses on access to medical, legal and social services for limited English proficient Alaskans.
The Alaska Immigration Justice Project (AIJP) provides immigration legal representation to 850 Alaskans annually. Our priority is to provide legal services to human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. We provide these services to approximately 300 Alaskans each year. Immigration status is one of the most powerful tools an abuser can use to prevent an immigrant from accessing safety and protection. AIJP staff also represent those who have fled persecution and torture and are seeking asylum in the United States and those seeking to reunite with family members residing outside of the United States.
The Language Interpreter Center trains bilingual Alaskans to work as interpreters with medical, legal and social service professionals. We have trained approximately 300 Alaskans speaking 43 different languages to work as interpreters. Our training programs have occurred in Anchorage, Bethel, Dillingham, Fairbanks and Barrow. We also provide an interpreter referral service so that medical, legal and social service professionals work with the interpreters we have trained to increase access to their services for limited English proficient Alaskans.
The Research and Policy Institute conducts cutting-edge, original, and reliable research across a broad range of social and environmental issues. The environmental justice research projects focus on community-based climate change adaptation. The social justice research projects focus on understanding the legal needs and access to protection and justice for crime victims. AIJ’s analyses are a trusted resource for policy makers, those in the media, and state and federal government organizations.