Judge Rosemary Barkett Litigation Program

“As I grow more concerned about the abuses immigrants are facing, it is more important than ever to make sure that AI Justice has the resources necessary to ensure their just and fair treatment.”  - Judge Barkett 



Judge Rosemary Barkett has spent much of her life working to ensure justice for others.  As an immigrant herself, Judge Barkett speaks powerfully and passionately about the immigrant experience and the growing need to protect immigrants’ basic rights.  Throughout her career, Judge Barkett has been a champion for civil rights and a fearless defender of justice.  Prior to joining The Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, she served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  Judge Barkett has also served in numerous capacities on Florida State Courts, including as the Florida Supreme Court’s first female Chief Justice.  The recipient of seven honorary degrees, Judge Barkett has earned dozens of prestigious honors including the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, the Latin Business and Professional Women Lifetime Achievement Award and the Legal Legend Award.  Judge Barkett was named one of the 2014 “Great Immigrants (The Pride of America)” by the Carnegie Corporation for her contributions in advancing American society. 

Judge Barkett’s distinguished career in public service serves as an inspiration to us all and the Judge Rosemary Barkett Litigation Program will help to ensure just and fair treatment for immigrants.  

Read the transcript of Judge Barkett's speech, offering a rallying cry on immigration at the 2017 annual Florida Bar convention here.

AI Justice helps shape and advance policies that protect our borders while safeguarding the basic civil and constitutional rights of Americans.  Staff fight for just and humane DHS policies and practices by filing lawsuits that change state and national laws; testifying before Congress; publishing groundbreaking reports that provide evidence of civil liberties violations; and media outreach.

A leader in nationwide efforts to pass the DREAM Act, AI Justice was instrumental in the Obama Administration’s adoption in June 2012 of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows undocumented immigrants who arrived as children to work and reside, at least temporarily, without fear of deportation.

Staff have won dozens of lawsuits over the years challenging unjust immigration policies and practices and have compelled the government to disclose information key to reforming our broken immigration system.  In 2013, staff helped draft legislation introduced by Senator Boxer, requiring the humane treatment of thousands of immigrants held in substandard conditions along the Texas border.  In late 2015 and early 2016, AI Justice won settlement agreements in two CBP-related federal court cases that have longstanding impact.


 “I thank Americans for Immigrant Justice because when I thought that all was lost and that I would be deported from the Broward Detention Center (BTC) in Pompano Beach, they arrived with help.  AI Justice supported me in my federal case against the U.S. government for the abuses I suffered in their detention centers in Texas, which I came to know as “hieleras” (ice boxes).  I thank all those who make it possible for AI Justice to safeguard the rights of the helpless.”

-Alba, El Salvador


Donations toward the program may be made not only online, or by check, but also through a gift of securities, which will provide an additional tax benefit for the donor. 


The Committee for the Establishment of the Judge Rosemary Barkett Litigation Program


John Barkett

Hilarie Bass

Jacqueline Becerra

Raoul Cantero

Faith Gay

John Hogan

Robert C. Josefsberg


Sharon Kegerreis

Mikey Miller

Jane and Norman Moscowitz

Aaron Podhurst

Tucker Ronzetti

Stephen Rosenthal

Jack Scarola

Chris D. Searcy

Eugene Stearns

Chuck and Karen Throckmorton

Stanley Wakshlag

Sylvia Walbolt

Stephen Zack






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About Us:

AI Justice is an award-winning non-profit law and advocacy firm that protects and promotes the basic human rights of immigrants. In Florida and on a national level, we champion the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children; advocate for survivors of trafficking and domestic violence; serve as a watchdog on immigration detention practices and policies; and speak for immigrant groups who have particular and compelling claims to justice.