YourHaq aims to develop into a service capable of both connecting people to legal aid and building a record of discriminatory data
Presently, it’s hard to know which lawyers, firms or organizations can offer representation to individuals with varying statuses (e.g., refugees, green card holders, permanent residents, undocumented and work visa immigrants). It’s also difficult to know who can do pro bono (no fee or substantially reduced fee) work for those who are financially restricted.
Despite social media, many discriminatory incidents have gone unnoticed. Given how aliens and green card holders are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, there is no hard evidence pointing at a systemic flaw and miscarriage of justice. Curating incidents may help create transparency into the immigration process, as well as help to identify aggregate trends that the international human rights community could respond to. Reporting experiences with the right nuance (where you were, what was said to you, which flight were you boarding or arriving from, who were you with, what forms they made you fill out, where were you traveling to and from, etc.) may help contribute to a more regimented and objective understanding and practice of immigration law.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is currently collecting case examples of invidiuals who have been affected by the President's January 27, 2017, Executive Order. You can submit your experience, or that of a friend or family member, here.