The California Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $7.45 million from the L.A. Justice Fund to seventeen local nonprofit legal service providers working to improve and expand access to legal representation for immigrants facing detention and deportation.
A public-private partnership that includes CFF, Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles, and the Weingart Foundation, the L.A. Justice Fund aims to increase access to legal representation for immigrants in removal proceedings by supporting a network of nonprofit agencies and legal service providers. The two-year grants, which prioritize the most vulnerable populations in the immigrant community, will enable recipients to address their most pressing needs, including hiring more immigration lawyers and strengthening organizations’ removal defense programs through training workshops and expanded resource and expertise sharing.
Grant recipients include Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles, which is dedicated to meeting the legal needs of AAPI communities; the Central American Resource Center, which provides information, advice, and direct services to more than fifteen thousand individuals annually; the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights, which assists more than three thousand immigrants annually and works to ensure they have access to quality, free, or low-cost immigration services that can help them secure U.S. citizenship, legal status, or protection from deportation; and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, a coalition of twelve local day-laborer organizations and worker centers the country dedicated to improving the lives of day laborers.
"We are stronger when we partner across sectors. Addressing the complex challenges our immigrant communities face requires collective effort," said CCF president and CEO Antonia Hernández. "The cross sector collaboration of the L.A. Justice Fund is a model for developing and implementing impactful solutions."