Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

Recently, they celebrated a rare victory, when after Kelly, a 24-year-old transgender asylum seeker, was released last week after spending nearly three years in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) jail. Kelly’s release comes after years of advocacy and a global public outcry for her freedom.

The Center also commented on the Trump administration’s attacks on the asylum system, calling the proposed rules the most comprehensive assault on the right to asylum yet seen. Read the full comment, here.

In other news, the Department of Homeland Security budget proposed by the House Appropriations Committee in early July takes steps to hold ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection accountable for their wasteful spending and human rights violations. As we welcome the progress this bill makes, we must continue to fight for transformative change and justice for immigrants. Read the full statement from the Defund Hate campaign, here.