Our mission is to promote and protect the human rights of all Alaskans including immigrants, refugees and Alaska Native communities by providing critical services to these underserved populations, including legal representation, language interpretative services, training and educational programs.
Founded in 2005, the Alaska Institute for Justice is the only agency in Alaska dedicated to protecting the human rights of immigrants and refugees. Based in Anchorage and Juneau, our staff provides statewide comprehensive immigration legal services, as well as language interpretation and translation services throughout Alaska. Collectively, AIJ Board and Staff have more than 25 years of legal experience serving Alaska’s immigrants and refugees.
AIJ staff provides services statewide, traveling to many communities throughout Alaska including, Unalaska, Sitka, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Juneau, Fairbanks, Kenai and Homer. AIJ’s legal service priorities include representing immigrant crime victims and people fleeing persecution and torture in their home countries. Our staff also assists human trafficking victims and Alaskan families seeking to reunite with family members residing outside of the United States.
In addition to providing quality direct legal services, AIJ staff members serve as a critical resource for state and federal public agencies on issues involving immigrants and refugees. Health care providers, social service providers, state officials, criminal defense attorneys, prosecutors and judges are just a few of the professionals in our state who rely on the expertise of the AIJ staff.
Language Interpreter Center
In 2007, AIJ opened the first statewide Language Interpreter Center (LIC). The LIC partners the public and private sector to offer statewide training for interpreters as well as provide referral services for all businesses and agencies in need of interpreter services. The LIC is working with foreign language interpreters as well as Alaska Native interpreters.
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Our Staff and Additional Languages Spoken
- 2017 Carla Timpone Award for Activism presented to Kari Robinson, AIJ Deputy Director, from the Alaska Women’s Lobby for her hard work, dedication and leadership and advocacy on behalf of Alaskan women, children and families
- 2017 First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year Award presented to Dan Rodgers for his outstanding volunteer work for the Alaska Immigration Justice Project
- 2014 Bridge Builders Anchorage Award presented to the Alaska Immigration Justice Project in recognition for excellence in community service
- May 2014 Alaska Bar Association Robert K. Hickerson Public Service Award presented to Dan Rodgers in honor of his outstanding dedication and service in the provision of pro bono legal services and legal services to low income persons
- February 2014 Certificate of Appreciation awarded to the Alaska Institute for Justice in recognition for outstanding sacrifice and special kind help for activities of Wat Loa of Anchorage
- 2013 Soroptimist International of Anchorage Advancing the Status of Women Award presented to the Alaska immigration Justice Project by Senator Mark Begich
- 2012 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award presented to the Alaska Immigration Justice Project in recognition of outstanding contributions to our nation’s communities through unselfish dedication and leadership
- 2010 Alaska Bar Association Pro Bono Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Dan Rodgers
- May 2010 Alaska Bar Association International Law Section First Annual Human Rights Award presented to Robin Bronen in honor of her outstanding dedication and service in protecting the human rights of immigrants and refugees in Alaska
- 2007 Mayor’s Community & Non-profit Organization Diversity Appreciation Award presented to the Alaska Immigration Justice Project
- May 2007 Alaska Bar Association Robert K. Hickerson Publick Service Award presented to Robin Bronen in honor of her outstanding dedication and service in the provision of Pro Bono legal services