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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), Casa Cornelia Law Center, UCSD U.S. Immigration Policy Center, International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Within this initiative, immigration and immigrant rights have long been an area of specific focus.
Our grantmaking largely centers around legal representation,
increasing the knowledge of civil rights among immigrant families, and
litigation and advocacy to improve public policy.
Price Philanthropies does not accept unsolicited grant proposals in this area. To learn more about our work or request a meeting with our Human Rights Initiative staff, please contact Rosario Iannacone.
Human Rights Initiative Grants
SAN DIEGO & IMPERIAL COUNTY
Price Philanthropies provides general operating support to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of San Diego & Imperial Counties. This support aims to ensure the civil rights and freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution are upheld in order to create a more just and fair society for all.
California Western School of Law
COMMUNITY LAW PROJECT IN CITY HEIGHTS
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-prof it or private attorney.
Casa Cornelia Law Center: Pro Bono Program
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.
Urban Justice Center
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.
Jewish Family Service- Rapid Response Network
RAPID RESPONSE NETWORK
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.
San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium
SAN DIEGO BOND FUND
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.
UCSD U.S. Immigration Policy Center (USIPC)
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.
University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Legal Clinics
Price Philanthropies provided seed funding to USD School of Law to establish the Housing Rights Legal Service Clinic. The clinic serves low-income tenants throughout San Diego County, prioritizing both documented and undocumented households. San Diego non-profit organizations, local government, the San Diego Eviction Prevention Collaborative, and philanthropic donors are working together to ensure the continued operation of the clinic beyond the grant period.