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.

OUR GOAL
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.

WHERE WILL THE FUNDING GO?
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.

SPACE IS LIMITED – SIGN UP TODAY!

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:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GYvR6UPIWyO5h1UwPCxt4qcxhK3jp-9C/view

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