Our Strategies:

  • We invest in nonprofit immigration legal services organizations that provide high quality legal services to immigrants  and refugees in the East Bay. These organizations are highly skilled and committed to helping clients understand their legal rights and adjust their legal status when possible.

  • We provide our grantee partners with general operating or program support and technical assistance in immigration law and management training.   

  • We support collaborations between community groups and legal service providers to better serve the many communities in the East Bay and advocate for policies that support immigrant families.

Our Desired Outcomes:

  • Families have access to high quality legal services - they avoid immigration fraud, know their rights and are able to adjust their legal status when possible.

  • Immigrant families are strengthened and able to live a dignified life - they have better jobs, increase their income, connect with their children’s schools, and have a voice in their local community. They do not live in fear of deportation or separation from their families.

  • Immigration legal service providers are sustainable, with sufficient capacity to serve our communities. They also collaborate effectively together by sharing resources to increase their collective impact.

  • More eligible residents become citizens and regular voters; they engage in civic life.

  • All residents of the East Bay live in welcoming inclusive communities, sharing our cultures and building stronger neighborhoods.
 

Grantee Spotlight

The East Bay Naturalization Collaborative

The East Bay Naturalization Collaborative is comprised of nine legal services and community-based organizations who have joined together to provide free and low cost naturalization and other immigration-related services to East Bay residents.  

Formed in 2011, the Collaborative has helped more than 2000 immigrants to become new citizens. Members also collaborate on DACA cases, serve unaccompanied immigrant children, and are preparing for Administrative Relief in the East Bay.  

http://www.ebnatz.org/

 

Resources

 

Catholic Legal Immigration Network

Embracing the Gospel value of welcoming the stranger, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants in partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community legal immigration programs.

http://cliniclegal.org


Immigrant Legal Resource Center

The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is a national non-profit resource center that provides legal trainings, educational materials, and advocacy to advance immigrant rights.

The mission of the ILRC is to work with and educate immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector to continue to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people.

http://ilrc.org

 

Top image photo credit: Catholic Charities of the East Bay