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We advocate for the right of all people to freely migrate. 


Research & Public Education

Free Migration Projet works to educate and inform the public about the widespread benefits of open migration policies.


Immigrant Rights Campaigns

Free Migration Project supports immigrant communities who are fighting to protect the right to migrate and the right to remain.


Training and Technical Support

Free Migration Project conducted Continuing Legal Education seminars in 2018 in Austin, Dallas, and Philadelphia, to train immigration attorneys on how to represent clients.

Why Immigration Representation Matters

Free Migration Project provides legal and technical support to grassroots groups with deportation defense campaigns and direct action programs. We also engage in public interest litigation and public education initiatives. Free Migration Project offers limited legal services to existing clients.


2018 Open Borders Conference – 10/20/18

Join Free Migration Project this fall at the inaugural Open Borders Conference in the D.C. area. Where: George Mason University Law School, Arlington campus, Virginia When: Saturday, October 20, 2018, 12-6 p.m. What: Keynote speakers Bryan Caplan and Lizbeth Mateo will be joined by activists, scholars, students, and organizers in a day-long dialogue on open borders. Register Here – We are nearly at capacity! Updates (10/18/18):  The Conference program is now available. Directions to GMU Law School (Arlington Campus). Parking information for those who are driving. Panelists will include: Shikha Dalmia, Reason Foundation Rev. Kaji Dousa, Park Avenue Christian Church of Manhattan Sara Gozalo, New Sanctuary Coalition Jamila Hammami, Social worker & organizer Adriane Lopez, La ColectiVA Ilya Somin, GMU Law Balmore, Caravana Migrante 2018 Around the world, more people than ever before are being forced from their homelands by conflict or poverty. But when they seek safety…

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Why We Should Abolish ICE Counsel

Free Migration Project’s executive director David Bennion and board member Steven Sacco published this piece a few months ago explaining why the ICE prosecutor’s office should be abolished along with ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations. If immigrants don’t get attorneys, neither should the government. Since Donald Trump began implementing his campaign promise to make the immigration system more hostile and restrictive, immigration enforcement has been under new scrutiny. Recent calls to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency within the Department of Homeland Security responsible for enforcing immigration laws in the United States, have tended to focus on the immigration police who carry out deportations, a function primarily housed in the branch of ICE known as Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). ICE ERO’s ramped-up program of raids and detentions has been a highly-visible element of President Trump’s effort to solidify political support among revanchist white…

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Help Free Migration Project Fight for Human Rights

As Free Migration Project nears the end of its first full year, the challenges facing immigrant communities have never been greater. In 2017, Free Migration Project provided legal representation to immigrants fighting deportation, engaged Philadelphia City Council to support immigrant workers, continued fighting to close the Berks family prison, and challenged a pernicious interpretation of asylum law in federal appeals court. Through its work, Free Migration Project continues to push for recognition of migration as a basic human right. On this Giving Tuesday, I hope you’ll consider contributing to support our work. Please support Free Migration Project’s work this Giving Tuesday. In collaboration with organizers, advocates, and students at Temple Law School, Free Migration Project worked with local restaurant owners and chefs Cristina Martinez and Ben Miller to support a resolution in Philadelphia City Council recognizing the right of all Philadelphians to earn a living…

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“Opening the Borders” Campus Seminar Nov. 5

Free Migration Project is co-sponsoring a seminar this Saturday, November 5, titled “Opening the Borders: Free Movement, Free People.” The daylong event will be held at the Rotunda near the campus of University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Speakers include Peter Jaworski, Alex Nowrasteh, Jacqueline Stevens, and Niloufar Khonsari. The event is sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies, with the collaboration of Free Migration Project and Penn Effective Altruists.

From the IHS event site:

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