He sways from side to side, fingers arched, fielding questions and firing off emails.

A note taped to his laptop screen reminds him not to pound the keys. These days, as the Trump administration ratchets up its crackdown on illegal immigration, Hoffman says he finds it increasingly hard to avoid “rage typing.”

In a white-shingled house on Main Street in Lumpkin, Georgia, Hoffman sits in what used to be a breakfast nook. Now it’s a war room, strategically located less than a mile from the Stewart Detention Center.

For months, a small army of lawyers from the Southern Poverty Law Center – staff and volunteers – have made this house their home base.