Systemic Advocacy

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ILAP leads important advocacy efforts at the local, state and federal levels to improve laws and policies that affect all immigrants in Maine and prevent the passage of those that would have a negative impact. In this work, we partner closely with the ACLU of Maine and Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition.

ILAP also serves as a source of accurate information for the media and the public, and works with elected officials and other decision makers to understand the implications of laws and policies.

Our advocacy efforts have been instrumental to achieving many policy changes in Maine, including:

  • Revision of procedures manuals of various state agencies to ensure Maine’s immigrants will not be erroneously denied driver’s licenses or benefits.

  • Improved access for individuals with limited English language skills to Maine’s courts through work with the Maine Judicial Branch.

  • Defeat of a proposal to eliminate safety net public benefits to elderly and disabled immigrants and refugees by providing critical information to Maine’s Legislature.

  • Passage of a Portland ordinance preventing City employees from asking about immigration status unless otherwise required by State or Federal law.

  • Passage of a state statute to address human trafficking in Maine, creating criminal penalties for traffickers and civil remedies for trafficking victims (frequently immigrants).

  • Passage of Maine’s first law addressing bias-based profiling and work on an Advisory Committee created to draft policies against bias-based profiling.


Read our most recent statements and legal advisories here

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