Go Fund Me

Ashley Sundquist and Tracy Briggs are organizing this fundraiser on behalf of Alaska Institute for Justice.  Donations are 100% tax deductible.

AIJ is fundraising to support Alaskan families impacted by the Corona Virus (COVID-19) who do not qualify for federal emergency assistance.

On March 27, 2020, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The $2 trillion stimulus package, while a step in the right direction for millions, excludes Alaskan families who have family members who have not yet received their social security numbers because of their immigration status.

To raise at least $5,000 so we can help at least 10 Alaskan families. The more money we raise, the more families we can help.

To assist 10 individuals and/or families with small grants of $500 each to help pay for food and housing during this crisis. The funds will support international students, crime victims, and others who are unable to get social security numbers and/or mixed-status Alaskan families who are negatively impacted by COVID-19 and are not able to apply for relief under the CARES Act.

Visit this page for more info:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/AKInstituteforJustice

Kotlik: Background Report

Kotlik, an Alaska Native community in southwestern Alaska, works in partnership with AIJ to monitor the erosion and other weather events that present an increasingly severe risk to the community as the climate changes. The homes and infrastructure in Kotlik are located along the banks of the Kotlik River near the southern coast of Norton Sound. In 2009, the United States Army Corps of Engineers identified Kotlik as a “priority action” community in the agency’s Baseline Erosion Assessment. In the past ten years, approximately 20 feet of river bank have been lost to erosion and flooding. Numerous homes and buildings are imminently threatened by erosion. The community is working with AIJ and a number of other state and federal agencies to relocate homes, protect people and infrastructure, and adapt to the intensifying local effects of climate change. This report, produced by AIJ in collaboration with residents of Kotlik, documents studies of the hazards threatening Kotlik, the effects of erosion on the community, mitigation efforts, and steps the community has taken to relocate threatened homes. The goal of the report is to assist the community in its efforts to obtain technical assistance and funding to relocate homes to safer ground.

Click here to read the report.

Seeking volunteer attorneys and interpreters

Alaska Institute for Justice seeks volunteer attorneys and interpreters for:

From A to B: Alaskans to the Border
Dilley Detention Center – Dilley, Texas
June 9-14, 2019

Work with asylum seekers being held in U.S. custody and learn of the many legal and practical challenges they face. Orientation and training will be offered.


For more information, or to volunteer, please contact: contactaij@akijp.org

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AIJ also seeks volunteer attorneys for the Pro Bono Asylum Project

An ongoing effort to provide legal representation to asylum seekers in Alaska. No prior asylum experience necessary. Training and ongoing mentoring provided.

For more information, or to volunteer, please contact: dan.rodgers@akijp.org

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Volunteer service to either project applies towards the 50-hour aspirational goal for pro bono service established under the Alaska Rules of Professional Conduct.

No time to volunteer? Donations are much-needed and gratefully accepted!

Thank You!

First Peoples’ and Indigenous Peoples’ Convening

In October, over 60 representatives of Indigenous and First Peoples communities from around the Pacific met in Girdwood, Alaska to share their experiences and knowledge about the ways the climate crisis is threatening their communities. The representatives adopted the following Declaration affirming their rights and calling upon leaders to support their efforts to adapt to the dramatic changes they are facing as a result of the climate crisis:


To watch the UUSC First Peoples Convening click on the following link:


One Story: A Report of the First Peoples Convening on Climate-Forced Displacement. Click the link to open the PDF Report https://www.uusc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/UUSC_Report_ALASKA_web.pdf

Language Access Plan

The purpose of the Language Access Plan (LAP) is to provide guidance to AIJ staff to ensure equal access to the services provided by the Alaska Institute for Justice for LEP individuals and individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. AIJ provides language access for LEP individuals and individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing because AIJ’s mission is to protect and promote the human rights of all Alaskans. AIJ’s Language Access Plan is a critical component of this mission and ensures that all Alaskans have access to the services provided by AIJ. AIJ also receives federal funding and must ensure compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin. National origin discrimination includes not providing services to LEP people.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d, provides specifically that no person shall “on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Non-compliance with Title VI can jeopardize a program’s federal funding. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) rather than Title VI of the Civil Rights Act

Download the 2019 AIJ Language Access Plan