These are the People We Serve
At Mid-South Immigration Advocates (MIA), we protect the most vulnerable members of our community by providing holistic, vigorous legal representation to children, survivors of violence, asylum seekers, and families at risk of deportation.
MIA is the first nonprofit law firm in the tri-state area whose core mission is to provide free and affordable immigration representation to low-income clients. Founded in 2013 by local immigration attorneys who recognized a need for quality legal services, MIA empowers those who feel powerless and helps give a voice to those who feel silenced by guiding clients through the immigration system with experience and compassion.
Gulf Coast Immigration Collaborative
The Gulf Coast Immigration Collaborative formed in 2020 to provide detained individuals with free legal support to get released, toward the goal of ending immigration detention altogether. Our multi-organization project formed to facilitate regional collaboration among advocates seeking to meet the need for legal support as ICE rapidly expanded detention in the region. The growing number of organizations involved include ISLA, MIA, Project Ishmael, Innovation Law Lab, and the pro bono project of the LSN Legal.
Welcome South is a coalition of nonprofit law firms providing deportation defense to immigrants in the Mid-South region. Members include MIA, Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Community Legal Center’s Immigrant Justice Program. Welcome South was established in 2019 in response to the rapid increase in immigrants and asylum seekers subjected to detention and deportation in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
Since 2016, MIA and CasaLuz have partnered to provide holistic advocacy and support services to Latinx and Hispanic survivors of violent crime. CasaLuz empowers immigrant survivors to follow through with legal remedies while seeking safety, independence, and healing from the effects of violence. Through its culturally specific, trauma-informed approach, CasaLuz serves the complex needs of the Spanish-speaking community by providing free court advocacy, safety planning, survivor support groups, liaison assistance with law enforcement, individual counseling, and community education. By working together, our organizations increase our capacity to serve the community while improving outcomes for our mutual clients.
Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition
Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) is a statewide, immigrant and refugee-led collaboration whose mission is to empower immigrants and refugees throughout Tennessee to develop a unified voice, defend their rights, and create an atmosphere in which they are recognized as positive contributors to the state.
Detention Watch Network
Detention Watch Network (DWN) is a national coalition building power through collective advocacy, grassroots organizing, and strategic communications to abolish immigration detention in the United States. Network members include formerly detained people and their families, community and faith-based groups, legal service providers like MIA, lawyers, national and regional advocates and organizers, and law school clinics.