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.

Undocumented Student Services (USS)

Under the umbrella of EOP, the Undocumented Student Services (USS) provides a robust set of services and support to ensure the graduation and retention of undocumented students at UC, Santa Cruz.  The services are composed of peer mentors and an academic advisor who provide personal, academic, financial, and legal support to all UCSC undocumented students.


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