Support for immigrants and refugees in San Diego County

Friday, June 16, 2017

In Tuesday’s SDG enews, we were excited to announce $821,650 in grantmaking by the Social Equity Collaborative Fund. Those grants include Advancing Healthy Neighborhoods, which uplifts refugee and immigrant communities on the front lines of the impacts of pollution, climate change, and racial and cultural discrimination; and United for Justice, which builds economic power among immigrant taxi workers and brings African immigrant communities together to develop a united and powerful voice. We look forward to sharing more about their impact in our communities.

At SDG, we have also hosted events/workshops to raise awareness of the issues impacting immigrant and refugee families:

The California Endowment is working with Tom Wong and Alliance San Diego through a grant with Orange County Community Foundation to conduct immigration status reviews for undocumented residents. Based on Tom's research as many as 20% of undocumented residents may be eligible for protected status through laws like DACA, VAWA, and crime victims categories. While the percentage may be lower for Haitians, some are on Temporary Protected Status now and may be able to prevent deportation when TPS runs out through legitimate claims under other classifications. Alliance San Diego will coordinate legal eview sessions specifically focused on Haitian refugees.

International Community Foundation has worked with several donors to offer basic-needs support for several shelters in Tijuana that are housing those immigrants, and also to make them aware of their rights in Mexico. The most recent grant to Espacio Migrante resulted in a two-day workshop in May which highlighted important information for immigrants who wish to remain in Mexico instead of crossing into the U.S. Below you’ll find recordings of the workshop, which took place at Colegio de la Frontera (COLEF) in Tijuana.

Videos of Day 1 and Day 2 are viewable on Youtube. They are five hours each, so get your popcorn ready!

Leichtag Foundation hosted an event for more than 80 guests featuring Becca Heller, Founding Director of International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP). Ms. Heller shared about IRAP’s work in response to the Executive Order banning refugees from Muslim countries--some of which will soon be heard before the US Supreme Court.


We are pleased to support your interest in working with immigrants and refugees in San Diego County. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with news of your own and how we can support your collective efforts.

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