The James Irvine Foundation has announced grants totaling $1 million in support of efforts to reunite and advocate on behalf of immigrant families being separated and imprisoned after seeking refuge in the United States.
The grantees include CASA Cornelia Legal Services, which was awarded $150,000 over two years to provide legal representation and support services for reunited families in San Diego, and Freedom for Immigrants (formerly CIVIC), which will receive $300,000 in support of its case management services for people released from immigration detention in California and the organization's revolving bond fund. The foundation also awarded $350,000 over two years to the Immigrant Defenders Law Center in support of efforts to expand legal representation and protections for immigrants in or released from federal custody in California, and $200,000 over eighteen months to the National Center for Youth Law to expand oversight, policy awareness, and legal protections of immigrant children in federal custody in the state.
"We are deeply grateful for the critical efforts of these and other organizations who are helping families during this crisis," senior program officer Virginia Mosqueda and Melina Sanchez wrote in a blog post. "Irvine remains steadfast in its commitment to supporting organizations that uphold California's values as a beacon of hope and opportunity for all.