The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $2 million to immigrant rights and legal aid organizations in Chicago working to address the needs of those seeking humanitarian protection or lawful status in the United States.
Awarded through the foundation's Chicago Commitment program, the grants will support legal aid providers and child advocates working to assist children and families with their legal appeals and bolster communities subject to heightened immigration enforcement under 2017 federal executive orders.
Grant recipients include the Arab American Action Network, which was awarded $50,000 in support of its efforts to help Arab, Muslim, and other immigrant communities in Chicago respond to shifts in federal immigration law and policy; the HANA Center, which will receive $50,000 to share information, build leadership, and help organize Korean-American and multi-ethnic immigrant communities around public policies affecting their communities; Latinos Progresando, which will receive $50,000 to educate the immigrant community and expand legal services in response to shifts in federal policies that target immigrants for deportation; and the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, which was awarded $250,000 to provide child advocates to unaccompanied and separated immigrant children who seek humanitarian protection and family reunification.
"Our country is failing to fulfill its obligations under federal immigration statutes that require fair and humane treatment and opportunities for families and children seeking asylum," said Tare Magner, who heads the Chicago Commitment and formerly led the foundation's migration program. "Organizations in Chicago and across Illinois have responded to this significant need for humanitarian support. They are providing legal screening and representation for asylum seekers and others who are targeted by federal policies. MacArthur is honored to support them."
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the MacArthur Foundation website.