Immigrants Protective League

The Immigrants Protective League (IPL) was founded by a group of women living in the Hull House Settlement in in 1909. The IPL tried to help immigrants adjust to living in America. It established waiting rooms at railroad stations, where multi-lingual men and women helped recent arrivals find their relatives or friends. The IPL also carried out investigations into organizations such as employment agencies and loan companies, that claimed they were providing services for immigrants. Grace Abbott and Sophonisba Breckinridge were the early leaders of this organization. In 1926 Adena Miller Rich became director of the ILP.

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