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ABOUT US

Immigrants have deep roots in Los Angeles County. They are more than 35 percent of its population, and the overwhelming majority of them - 90 - percent, have been in the United States for more than a decade. In our city, immigrants are more than 51 percent of business owners and almost 72 percent of the essential services workers

About 18 percent of the county’s residents are undocumented or live with someone who is, and nearly half of households with an undocumented family member depend on that person’s income. As a result, communities across the area hurt deeply when the federal government detains and deports Angelenos - their children end up in foster care (about 6 percent of the county’s children are in foster care), families’ mental health and academic performance suffers, and household income drops by 50-90 percent, plunging families into poverty.

RepresentLA will provide legal representation to immigrants, in custody or in the community, who face deportation, and to vulnerable individuals seeking affirmative immigration relief. The program will include 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.

WHAT WE DO

Four pillars buttress our philosophy and our work:

  1. Detained Deportation Defense: RepresentLA will provide legal representation to detained immigrants in the Los Angeles region by operating, to the greatest extent possible, a merits-blind approach.

  2. Non-Detained Deportation Defense: RepresentLA will represent low-income and vulnerable immigrants in need of legal representation in Los Angeles-area immigration courts. To the greatest extent possible, providers will operate with a merits-blind approach.

  3. Affirmative Immigration Benefits Representation: RepresentLA will support vulnerable populations not in removal proceedings to apply for various forms of immigration relief. These groups include immigrants experiencing homelessness, asylum seekers, survivors of labor trafficking and/or other severe workplace exploitation, and children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned by a parent.

  4. Community Support / Investing in Impacted Communities: RepresentLA will focus on various aspects of community support, including:

    1. Ensuring that vulnerable immigrant communities who are severely underrepresented and experience the greatest challenges to obtaining immigration legal counsel receive access to Represent LA services - including, but not limited to, Black, Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+, children, and other underserved immigrant communities in the County;
    2. Linking clients and their household members to available support services during legal representation; and
    3. Establishing a Community Advisory Group to ensure that the program incorporates the voices and concerns of impacted community members and responds effectively to changes in law and policy.

WHO WE ARE

Funders

RepresentLA's funders include: The County of Los Angeles, The City of Los Angeles, The California Community Foundation, and The Weingart Foundation.


Program Administrator and Managers

  1. Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), Program Administrator and Project Manager for Community Support
  2. Immigrant Defenders Law Center (ImmDef), Project Manager for Detained and Non-Detained Removal Defense Representation
  3. Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Project Manager for Affirmative Immigration Benefits Representation


Legal Services Providers

  1. CHIRLA
  2. ImmDef
  3. CARECEN
  4. Additional providers will be listed on a rolling basis as they are confirmed to provide services as part of RepresentLA.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), Immigrant Defenders Law Center (ImmDef), and Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) invite immigration legal services providers to submit a proposal to provide legal services to individuals in removal proceedings, both detained and non-detained. Please see the Request for Proposals (RFP) linked below for details, including deadline, required documents and information, and program contacts. Please submit all proposals to proposals@representla.org.

An online information session took place on Monday, June 27, 2022. You may access the materials from that session here:

  1. Download the Powerpoint Slides (click here)
  2. View the Info Session Video Recording (click here)
  3. View Answers to Service Provider Questions (click here) - Last Updated 7/11/2022

Please direct any questions or comments to kathyk@chirla.org and msaucedo@immdef.org.

MEDIA

For media inquiries, please contact Jorge Mario Cabrera, (562) 243-5559 or jmcabrera@chirla.org.

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