About Court Watch

This Immigration Court Watch tool is designed and built to shine a light on immigration courts across the country, promote the principle that immigration judges should be held to high ethical, professional, and legal standards, and demand that those standards be a reflection of the values of our communities.

Together, we will:

  • Uplift the court watch efforts of our friends and allies,
  • Encourage connections between court watchers in different regions,
  • Create and empower new immigration court watch projects,
  • Develop standardized data sets to compare immigration judges across the country, and
  • Share data with organizers, advocates, academics, and reporters to call attention to patterns of abuse and opportunities to advocate for migrant justice.

We are still in the process of developing our court watch tool and there are a few ways you can engage right now:

  1. To sign up for announcements about the development of the tool, including our official launch date and an invitation to join once it's completely ready to go, click here: https://courtwatch.lawlab.cc/signup
  2. If you are interested in pulling together a small team to test out the tool, email [email protected] with "Courtwatch Team" as the Subject. Make sure to include the immigration court(s) you plan on observing and we'll be happy to provide you with a link to create your user name and password, schedule a tutorial to walk you through the tool in its present form and answer any questions you might have.
  3. Finally, if you're interested in helping design a particular feature of the tool itself, contributing to the training materials, have your own court watch form you think we could learn from and incorporate, or want to contribute to the design in some other way, please email [email protected] and we can schedule a time to chat on the phone or by video-conference!

Innovation Law Lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to upholding the rights of immigrants and refugees. We specialize in the creation of scalable, highly-replicable, and connected sites of resistance that create paradigm shifts in immigration representation, litigation, and advocacy.