Price Philanthropies supports non-profit organizations that advance the cause of human rights by protecting civil liberties and increasing public awareness of human rights issues. As a core part of this initiative, we support the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Within this initiative, immigration and immigrant rights have long been an area of specific focus.
We increased our funding in this area over the last two years in response to new federal policies that negatively impact immigrant families.
Our grantmaking largely centers around legal representation,
increasing the knowledge of civil rights among immigrant families, and
litigation and advocacy to improve public policy.
Philanthropies does not accept unsolicited grant proposals in this area. To learn more about our work or request a
meeting with the Human Rights Initiative staff, please contact Rosario Iannacone
Human Rights Initiative Grants
BORDER LITIGATION PROJECT
Since 2013 we have supported ACLU Border Litigator Mitra Ebadolahi and her work to develop and litigate key cases in response to human and civil rights violations along the U.S.-Mexico border. This work has led to greater accountability and transparency within U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Border Patrol; and served as a resource for national media outlets and advocates.
This project uses litigation and advocacy resources to: 1) keep local law enforcement agencies out of immigration enforcement; 2) increase access to counsel for immigration proceedings; 3) reduce the use of detention and improve conditions in detention facilities; and 4) respond to new threats to immigrant communities.
The Community Law Project provides pro bono legal services and community education through legal clinics at Hoover High and Rosa Parks Elementary Schools, and a mobile clinic serving refugee communities throughout San Diego’s Mid-City region. They assist with issues related to immigration, consumer, criminal, employment, and family law, as well as public benefits, bankruptcy, personal injury and fair housing. Specific services include legal advice, assistance completing legal paperwork or drafting a letter, and referrals for representation by a local non-profit or private attorney.
Casa Cornelia Law Center provides pro bono legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations, with a primary commitment to the immigrant community along the San Diego/Tijuana border. More than five hundred volunteer attorneys provide essential legal services to asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, and undocumented victims of crime.
The ABA Immigration Justice Project promotes due process and access to justice at all levels of the immigration and appellate court system, through the provision of high-quality pro bono legal services for those in immigration proceedings in San Diego. The project serves both detained and non-detained individuals, and recruits, trains, and mentors volunteer attorneys and law students representing clients.
IRAP partners law students with pro bono lawyer to provide direct services to refugees and pursue system advocacy. Through the program, 29 law school chapters partner with over 75 international law firms and multinational corporations to work on urgent refugee resettlement cases.
The San Diego Rapid Response Network (RRN) is a coordinated effort among more than 40 immigrant rights and human services providers to immediately address the needs of undocumented immigrants, asylum seekers, and their families. Jewish Family Service serves as the lead agency and coordinates the participating organizations. Services include: 24 hour hotline, legal services and consultation, crisis intervention, prevention, “Know Your Rights” presentations, and emergency preparedness consultations. The creation of the RRN transformed the way service providers collaborate and leverage their strengths to meet immigrants’ needs through a comprehensive, coordinated approach.
The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC) operates a revolving San Diego-based bond fund for detained immigrants. Individuals who are able to post bond are eight times more likely to win their immigration cases. The ability to post bond also helps detained immigrants reduce financial hardships, mental health problems, and prevent their children from being placed into the foster system. The bonds funds are eventually repaid by the recipients and then used for future bond cases.
Led by Professor Tom K. Wong, UCSD’s USIPC conducts and supports rigorous social science research to advance understanding of the foundations and implications of US immigration policy. USIPC also brings together leading academics, policy analysts, immigrant-rights leaders, and policymakers across all levels of government to conceptualize, debate, and design a new U.S. immigration policy agenda that meets the demands of the 21st century.