Who We Are

The Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition is a collection of Athens based groups with a shared goal of asserting justice for Athens area immigrants, regardless of legal status.

AIRC formed in 2011 in direct response to a crackdown by the Georgia State Legislature on undocumented immigrants in the state. These "Juan Crow" laws, HB 87 and SB 59, made life extremely difficult for hard-working immigrant communities, and also made it a criminal act to employ, transport, or give shelter to an undocumented person.