Welcome to this list of rapid response giving ideas in response to Trump’s immigration ban!

I hope you take some time to learn more about the organizations on your list, and give to their important work!  

The general idea is the list foregrounds organizations countering the harm created by the immigration ban (in both short- and long-term ways).  It focuses on communities impacted by the ban, but also includes those who will be impacted by further regressive immigration policies.

Additionally, these categories aren’t “neat” and there is a lot of overlap in the work these organizations do!  Please look them up and learn more about them as you look for opportunities to support their work.  This list was started by some folks based in New York/inspired by the actions here, so if the groups listed appear to be centered on New York, that’s why!

List of Groups

Groups that organized the direct actions against the immigration ban in NYC

  • African Communities Together is an organization of African immigrants fighting for civil rights, opportunity, and a better life for our families here in the U.S. and back in Africa.”  (they’re also currently doing legal services for people affected by the ban)

  • “ aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all.  The NYIC promotes immigrants’ full civic participation, fosters their leadership, and provides a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.”
  • DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving)
  • to build the power of South Asian low wage immigrant workers, youth, and families in New York City to win economic and educational justice, and civil and immigrant rights.”
  • builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.”
  • “A grassroots movement rooted in diverse Muslim communities throughout the United States who are working together to build spiritual, racial, and economic justice for all people.”


  • “to support and empower the Arab Immigrant and Arab American community by providing services to help them adjust to their new home and become active members of society. Our aim is for families to achieve the ultimate goals of independence, productivity and stability.”

Legal and/or Direct Services

  • IRAP (International Refugee Assistance Project)
  • organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons.”  They’re also engaging direct services for those affected by the ban.

  • CUNY CLEAR (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility)
  • primarily aims to address the unmet legal needs of Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and other communities in the New York City area that are particularly affected by national security and counter-terrorism policies and practices”
  • one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.”

  • a civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage.” (they’re also currently doing legal services for people affected by the ban)

  • African Communities Together is an organization of African immigrants fighting for civil rights, opportunity, and a better life for our families here in the U.S. and back in Africa.”  (they’re also currently doing legal services for people affected by the ban)
  • Provides free legal services to low-income transgender communities
  • is a private nonprofit located in Atlanta, Georgia. Our mission is to promote self-sufficiency and equity for immigrants, refugees, and the underprivileged through comprehensive health and social services, capacity building, and advocacy.”

Ongoing Advocacy (including but not limited to legal advocacy)

  • “A grassroots movement rooted in diverse Muslim communities throughout the United States who are working together to build spiritual, racial, and economic justice for all people.”
  • “to support and empower the Arab Immigrant and Arab American community by providing services to help them adjust to their new home and become active members of society. Our aim is for families to achieve the ultimate goals of independence, productivity and stability.”
  • a national network of people and organizations serving black immigrant and African American communities who are focused on supporting fair and just immigration, as well as economic and social policies that benefit these communities and all communities of color in order to create a more just and equitable society.”
  • a faith-based human rights education organization focused on racial justice.”
  • CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations)
  • to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.”
  •  nonviolent movement working to win permanent protection, dignity and respect for the 11 million undocumented people in this country.”
  •  aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all.  The NYIC promotes immigrants’ full civic participation, fosters their leadership, and provides a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.”
  • “ legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths.”
  • “Founded in September 2002, Families for Freedom is a New York-based multi-ethnic human rights organization by and for families facing and fighting deportation. We are immigrant prisoners (detainees),”
  • “ national membership organization that brings together advocates from diverse backgrounds to unify strategy, build partnerships and strengthen the movement to end immigration detention.”
  • “ the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. Our powerful nonpartisan network is made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. We organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.”
  • “The Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD) works to support, empower and connect LGBTQ Muslims. We seek to challenge root causes of oppression, including misogyny and xenophobia. We aim to increase the acceptance of gender and sexual diversity within Muslim communities, and to promote a progressive understanding of Islam that is centered on inclusion, justice, and equality.”
  • a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of Iranian Americans and promoting greater understanding between the American and Iranian people. We accomplish our mission through expert research and analysis, civic and policy education, and community building.”

Community Organizing

  • “BAJI educates and engages African American and black immigrant communities to organize and advocate for racial, social and economic justice. Local BAJI Organizing Committees in New York, Georgia, California and Arizona build coalitions and initiate campaigns among communities to push for racial justice.”

  • DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving)
  • to build the power of South Asian low wage immigrant workers, youth, and families in New York City to win economic and educational justice, and civil and immigrant rights.”
  • builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.”
  • “to unify and strengthen its member organizations to be more strategic and effective in their efforts to develop leadership, mobilize, and organize day laborers in order to protect and expand their civil, labor and human rights.”
  • pan-Asian community organization that builds the power of low-income Asian immigrants in New York City
  • “Imagine a movement that is not just Pro-Latinx...but pro-Black, pro-woman, pro-queer, pro-poor because our community is all that and more.
  • a grassroots organization working to empower and organize our community towards justice and self-determination for all. AROC members build community power in the Bay Area by participating in leadership development, political education, and campaigns.”
  •  the first undocumented youth led organization in New York. We work to empower immigrant youth through leadership development, grassroots organizing, educational advancement, and self-expression. Our goal is to give undocumented youth the tools and space to organize and create change in our communities.”
  • “community organization that fosters health, wellness and healing in the inner-city by organizing for social change, cultivating the arts and operating a holistic health center.” (based in Chicago)

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