Immigration & Citizenship

RepresentLA

L.A. Justice FundIn Los Angeles County, more than two-thirds of people appearing in immigration court face a judge and federal prosecutor without any legal representation. In some cases, this even includes children as young as three years old.

The results can be tragic, separating families and disrupting whole communities. But representation makes a tremendous difference. Studies show that immigrants with legal counsel are five times more likely to be released from detention than those without.

RepresentLA provides legal representation to immigrants, in custody or in the community, who face deportation, and to vulnerable individuals seeking affirmative immigration relief. The program includes community outreach to ensure that historically underserved communities receive access to services and facilitate case management to link clients with other resources and services they need.

RepresentLA is a public-private partnership funded by Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles, the California Community Foundation, and the Weingart Foundation. It builds upon the work begun in 2017 by the Los Angeles Justice Fund (LAJF) pilot program, which provided legal services for 2,200 county residents until 2021.

By donating to RepresentLA, you are helping to preserve families, protect communities and defend the civil rights of all L.A. residents. Most importantly, you are standing up for the humanity, diversity and opportunity that define us as Angelenos.

Organizations wishing to apply for grants through RepresentLA should visit our grant application page. If you are an attorney who is interested in offering pro bono services to immigration court defendants, contact rarroyo@calfund.org to learn how you can get involved.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for RepresentLA. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012


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