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Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition

The CAIR Coalition seeks to advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees, to foster an environment of positive human and community relations in our society, and to work for a fair and humane immigration policy.

Featured Charities

  • Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center

    The APALRC is dedicated to advancing the legal and civil rights of Asian Americans in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan community through direct services, education, and advocacy. Through its innovative programs and strategic partnerships, the APALRC's main goals are two-fold: (1) to address the individual legal needs of low-income and limited-English proficient Asian Americans, and (2) to advocate for broad-based systemic change on civil rights issues impacting Asian Americans.

  • DC Prisoners' Legal Services Project

    DC Prisoners' Legal Services Project's mission is to advocate for the humane treatment and dignity of all persons convicted or charged with a criminal offense under the laws of the District of Columbia and housed or formerly housed in prisons, jails or community correction programs. We aim to assist their family members and loved ones with prison related issues and to promote support programs that meet the needs of returning ex-offenders while at the same time providing a voice to the community as these programs develop.

  • OAR of Fairfax County

    OAR of Fairfax County was incorporated as a 501(c)(3)non-profit in 1971. OAR's mission is to develop, promote and operate community-based programs that provide Opportunities, Alternatives, & Resources which help to restore criminal offenders to productive roles in the community and offer options to prosecution and/or incarceration, through community service projects. OAR encourages active citizen involvement in the restorative process through the use of volunteers.

  • Visitors Services Center

    The mission of Visitors' Services Center (VSC) is to provide immediate and practical assistance to inmates of the DC Jail so that they are better prepared for release and to ex-offenders as they make the transition from Jail to the community. Our mission, as well, is to make the wider DC community aware of the needs of inmates and the criminal justice system through our newsletters and by involving them as volunteers.

Previously Featured Charities

2005 Featured Charities
  • DC Appleseed

    DC Appleseed works to make the Greater Washington a better place to live and work. DC Appleseed is dedicated to addressing important public policy questions facing Greater Washington.

  • Washington Interfaith Network

    Washington Interfaith Network is a multi-racial, multi-faith, strictly non-partisan, District-wide citizens' organization, rooted in local congregations and associations. Washington Interfaith Network is committed to training and developing neighborhood leaders, to addressing community issues, and to holding elected officials accountable in Washington, DC.

  • Action in Montgomery

    Action in Montgomery, an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation, is a county-wide, multi-racial, interfaith, non-partisan power organization with 32 congregational members representing 40,000 Montgomery County families. Action in Montgomery is committed to developing leaders and building broad-based organizations to win on community issues that their congregations identify and hold elected officials accountable to these same issues.

  • Neighborhood Legal Services

    Neighborhood Legal Services provides free legal services for poor residents of DC by assisting families, preventing homelessness, and ensuring financial stability to meet basic needs.

  • The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

    The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless works to overcome the barriers that prevent people struggling with homelessness from accessing the community's traditional legal service programs. The Legal Clinic responds to the legal needs of the homeless community and works toward achieving a vision of DC as a just and inclusive community.

2004 Featured Charities
  • DC Employment Justice Center

    DC Employment Justice Center promotes workplace justice through legal services, policy advocacy, organizing, and education. Since Labor Day 2000, EJC has collected more than $1 million in wages and benefits for individual workers and millions more through policy advocacy and organizing.

  • DC Vote

    With voting representation in Congress, DC will be able to protect locally passed laws, implement its public health programs, and close the enormous budget gap created by Congress.

  • Just Neighbors Ministry

    Just Neighbors Ministry empowers immigrants through legal tools and knowledge.

  • Progressive Maryland

    Progressive Maryland works on behalf of tens of thousands of hardworking Marylanders who perform vital work on state contracts building roads; cleaning buildings; and caring for the sick, handicapped, and elderly who deserve a living wage so they can earn enough to feed their families.

  • Rebecca Project for Human Rights

    Rooted in the experiences of single mothers in recovery, the Rebecca Project for Human Rights is a legal and policy organization for low-income families struggling with the intersecting issues of economic marginality, substance abuse, access to family-based treatment, and the child welfare and criminal justice systems.

2003 Featured Charities
  • Ayuda

    Immigrants who are often unaware of their rights and unable to obtain legal services, especially in domestic violence cases, receive counseling and representation from Ayuda.
    (UW/CFC# 8038)

  • Children's Law Center

    Because thousands of DC children live in foster care, many without anyone to advocate for them, the Children's Law Center works to give those children a fair chance at a better life.
    (UW/CFC# 8070)

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Montgomery County

    When 16 year-old Laura met her Court Appointed Special Advocate, she had been in foster care for nine years. She had been bounced from placement to placement so many times that she trusted no one. Laura's CASA volunteer visited her faithfully every week and built a trusting relationship. She provided the Juvenile Court with detailed information about Laura's needs — especially her dream of becoming a nurse. Laura graduated from high school in June, and with the help of CASA, is now enrolled.
    (UW/CFC# 8814)

  • Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia

    Working to ensure that people living in poverty in DC can obtain necessary benefits, fair housing, and other basic needs, the Legal Aid Society also advocates for equal access to justice.
    (UW/CFC# 8140)

  • Legal Services of Northern Virginia

    Unlawful eviction, wrongful termination, and missing child support are just a few of the myriad legal issues facing low-income people that Legal Services of Northern Virginia helps them negotiate.
    (UW/CFC# 8141)

2002 Featured Charities
  • Alliance of Concerned Men

    The Alliance of Concerned Men has reduced crime by 70% in the impoverished communities it serves through targeted job training, outreach, and faith-based mentoring to ex-offenders and youth at-risk.

  • CrisisLink

    The well-trained volunteers at CrisisLink are able to de-escalate 90% of the suicide-related calls received and to quickly dispatch emergency services to the remaining 10%.

  • My Sister's Place

    Approximately 42% of all women murdered in the US are victims of domestic violence. My Sister's Place provides safe, confidential shelter to thousands of the metropolitan area's battered victims.

  • Women Empowered Against Violence, Inc: Weaving a New Life

    Vera was being psychologically tortured and physically intimidated but no one believed her. The perpetrator was her disabled husband. She left him but he followed her. So Vera turned to Women Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE). WEAVE worked to get a civil protection order and represented Vera in her divorce. Their counselors gave her psychological support and an economic advocate helped her properly manage her expenses. WEAVE's well-rounded philosophy allowed Vera to escape her violent situation and gave her the resources for a safe, independent future.

  • Women's Center

    The economic downturn has destabilized many families. The Center provides Virginia women and their families with one-on-one legal advice, as well as psychological, financial, and employment counseling.

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