Advocacy Groups

Coalition for Humane Immigrants Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) 

Under the fiscal sponsorship of the United Way, the Coalition for Humane Immigrants Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), was founded as a multiethnic collaborative of advocacy groups, social service providers, policy makers, and legal services organizations dedicated to advancing the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles. In 1993, CHIRLA was officially established as its own 501(c)(3) (i.e. non profit organization).

Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) 

Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the “law firm of the Latino community”, MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.

Leticia A UCSC

UCSC Educational Opportunities Programs welcomes Leticia A students. We are committed to supporting Leticia A students to achieve academic success at UCSC. The EOP office on campus is a safe place where you can ask questions, seek advice, and find community.

Students Informing Now! (SIN) 

Students Informing Now is a student org at UC Santa Cruz dedicated to the advancement of undocumented and documented students. We are a support group that provides information and resources for students. The group uses narrative and stories to build a collective community around immigrant rights. We use Paulo Freire’s popular education for our organizing model. We work to imagine a different world and we believe that another world is possible.


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