Phoenix Legal Action Network exists to advance justice in Arizona by defending the rights of immigrants and their families. We seek to provide comprehensive legal and social services for Arizonans facing immigration proceedings through a combination of direct legal representation and wraparound supportive services. PLAN engages our community in our mission through community outreach and education, and we seek to effect change through impact litigation and policy advocacy.
Established as a 501c3 nonprofit organization in 2017, Phoenix Legal Action Network formed out of concern for the then-forthcoming changes to federal immigration policies and practices. Our founding board members convened in late 2016 to assess the landscape of services in Arizona, and found that legal representation for non-detained low-income individuals in immigration proceedings was virtually nonexistent. Knowing that having an attorney is often determinative of the outcome of a person's case, they focused their efforts on establishing free legal consultation and representation for this population; the only service of its kind in Phoenix. Also knowing that a low-income family facing immigration proceedings is likely to have other unmet needs, they coordinated with other local community-serving organizations to ensure that PLAN's clients would have additional support as they navigated their cases.
With initial financial support from Perkins Coie Foundation and other legal services providers, and in partnership with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, PLAN's attorney provided free consultations and legal representation to non-detained immigrants throughout 2018 and 2019. Our attorney, board members, and volunteers collaborated with local organizations and businesses to provide educational workshops for community members and other professionals serving immigrant communities. In early 2020, PLAN hired an Executive Director to lead our expansion and transition into independently providing comprehensive legal and social services for non-detained immigrants and their families across the Valley.
PLAN envisions a community in Arizona in which all people, including immigrants and their families, feel safe, welcome, and valued. We aim to stop deportations and keep families together. We believe that by providing these services, engaging our communities, and advocating for change, we can create a more just society together.