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The Kehilla Immigration Committee is a group of members who are involved in many different aspects of immigration-related work or refugee support. The purpose of the committee is to provide mutual support for the work we are each doing and to facilitate communication among ourselves and with all of Kehilla. We support educational events, political advocacy efforts and direct services to immigrants. We communicate about upcoming events and actions through an email list, have quarterly meetings and form ad hoc groups to work on specific projects as necessary.

For more information contact Julie Litwin and Frances Kreimer at ImmigrationCommitteeChairs@Kehillasynagogue.org

 

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Resources for Learning More about Immigration-Related Issues:

 

Center for American Progress

https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/immigration/view/

A progressive policy think-tank in Washington, DC that provides high-quality analysis of immigration issues in the US, including information on refugees, DACA and naturalization.

 

Migration Policy Institute

http://www.migrationpolicy.org/

A nonpartisan Washington, DC think-tank. Provides profiles of immigrant groups in the US, immigration trends in countries around the world and summaries/analysis of recent policy developments in the US. Also provides some map tools, a data hub and extensive policy reports.

 

Pew Hispanic Center

http://pewhispanic.org

A nonpartisan research organization and leading think-tank on Latinos in the United States. The website has reports about demography, economics, education, identity, attitudes (of Latinos, and of non-Latinos towards Latinos), immigration, labor, politics, and remittances.

 

UC Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies

http://cgrs.uchastings.edu

Provides legal assistance, research and resources focusing on women, children, LGBT individuals, and other refugees who flee persecution.

 

Learn More, Volunteer, Donate:

 (Much of what follows comes directly from organizations’ websites.) 

Organizations with National/International Focus on Immigrants and Refugees, Some with Local Affiliates: 

Advancing Justice

http://www.advancingjustice.org

The mission of Asian Americans Advancing Justice is to promote a fair and equitable society for all by working for civil and human rights and empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities.

 

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

https://www.aclu.org/issues/immigrants-rights

The ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project is dedicated to expanding and enforcing the civil liberties and civil rights of immigrants and to combating public and private discrimination against them.

 

Bend the Arc

http://www.bendthearc.us/campaigns/yearning-breathe-free-just-and-fair-immigration-reform

Provides information and lists actions in support of fair and just immigration reform

 

Boat Refugee Foundation (Stichting Bootvluchteling)

http://bootvluchteling.nl/en/donate/

Does sea rescue and refugee work in Greece.

 

CIVIC

http://www.endisolation.org

CIVIC is the national immigration detention visitation network, which is working to end U.S. immigration detention by monitoring human rights abuses, elevating stories, building community-based alternatives to detention, and advocating for system change.

 

Doctors without Borders/Medecins sans Frontieres

http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/our-work/humanitarian-issues/refugees-and-idps

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works around the world to provide refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) with everything they need from psychological care to lifesaving nutrition.

 

Filoxenia International

https://www.facebook.com/filoxenia.intl/

Filoxenia International is a grass roots interdisciplinary team helping refugees stranded in Greece.

 

Hand in Hand

http://domesticemployers.org

Hand in Hand is a national network of employers of nannies, housecleaners and home attendants, our families and allies, who are grounded in the conviction that dignified and respectful working conditions benefit worker and employer alike. Member of the California Domestic Workers Coalition.

 

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)

http://www.hias.org

HIAS works around the world to protect refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands because of who they are, including ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities.

 

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

https://www.rescue.org

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

 

Jewish Voice for Peace

https://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/syria-facts/

Provides resources and lists actions relating to the Syrian refugee crisis

 

Kids in Need of Defense

https://supportkind.org

KIND staff and pro bono attorney partners at law firms, corporations, and law schools nationwide represent unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings.

 

National Network for Immigrant Refugee Rights

http://www.nnirr.org/drupal/

The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) works to defend and expand the rights of all immigrants and refugees, regardless of immigration status

 

Organization for Refuge Asylum and Migration (ORAM)
 
 
ORAM specializes in the protection of exceptionally vulnerable refugees, including LGBTI refugees.

 

Oxfam International

https://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/refugee-and-migrant-crisis

Helps meet basic needs of refugees worldwide.

 

United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)

http://www.unhcr.org/4fc5ceca9.html

UNHCR works to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution, war or disaster at home.

 

United We Dream

http://unitedwedream.org

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. It organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.

 

State and Local Organizations Serving Immigrants: 

Asian Immigrant Women Advocates

http://www.aiwa.org

AIWA works with immigrant workers employed in the Bay Area’s garment, home care, hotel, restaurant, assembly and other low-wage industries, and low-income immigrant youth in Oakland. The organization seeks to empower women and youth through education, leadership development and collective action.

 

California Immigrant Policy Center

http://www.caimmigrant.org

CIPC advances inclusive policies that build a prosperous future for all Californians, using policy analysis, advocacy and capacity building to unlock the power of immigrants in California.

 

Causa Justa Just Cause

http://cjjc.org

Causa Justa :: Just Cause builds grassroots power and leadership to create strong, equitable communities.

 

Central American Resource Center SF

http://www.carecensf.org/index.html

CARECEN of Northern California provides vital direct services and engages in community development and advocacy to help create a vibrant and thriving Latino immigrant community in San Francisco, the Bay Area, and beyond.

 

Centro Legal de la Raza (Oakland)

http://centrolegal.org

Centro Legal de la Raza protects and advances the rights of immigrant, low-income, and Latino communities through bilingual legal representation, education, and advocacy.

 

East Bay Interfaith Immigration Coalition (EBIIC)

https://www.facebook.com/East-Bay-Interfaith-Immigration-Coalition-EBIIC-144956028914616/

EBIIC is a network of faith leaders across the East Bay who are deeply concerned from faith convictions about the rights and dignity of immigrants

 

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant

https://eastbaysanctuary.org

EBSC provides sanctuary–support, protection, and advocacy–to low-income and indigent refugees and immigrants. Its Refugee Rights Program provides refugees and immigrants with a variety of low cost or free legal services.

 

ICE Out of California

http://www.iceoutofca.org

This website aims to identify the current trends in collaboration between local law enforcement and ICE so community organizers and advocates can strategically push ICE out of California.

 

Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights

http://icir-clue.blogspot.com

ICIR calls together people of faith to promote the rights, fair treatment, and dignity of all immigrants regardless of their immigration status and works for a healthy, inclusive California where all people are welcome and have access to full participation in the life of the community.

 

Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity (IM4Human Integrity)

Nueva Esperanza Accompaniment Teams and Casa Nueva Esperanza

http://im4humanintegrity.org

https://www.facebook.com/im4humanintegrity/?fref=ts

The Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity works to achieve an equitable, inclusive and healthy society, culture, and economy where all people, including the most vulnerable, disenfranchised and marginalized have equal opportunities and access to the resources and tools needed to achieve a dignified life

Nueva Esperanza is a part of IM4Human Integrity and is a collaborative initiative of individuals, faith communities and partner organizations that seeks to respond to the needs of recently arrived minors and families requiring support, housing and resources. Casa Nueva Esperanza is a transitional home for migrants in the East Bay.

 

Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay

http://jfcs-eastbay.org

JFCS provides refugee and immigrant services including family and parenting support, legal services, mental health services, refugees welcome fund, senior services, health navigation, LGBT refugee services, refugee resettlement and the Russian Jewish program.

 

La Clinica de la Raza

http://www.laclinica.org

The mission of La Clínica is to improve the quality of life of the diverse communities by providing culturally appropriate, high quality, and accessible health care for all.

 

Legal Services for Children

http://www.lsc-sf.org

Legal Services for Children provides free representation to children and youth who require legal assistance to stabilize their lives and realize their full potential.

 

Mujeres Unidas Y Activas

http://mujeresunidas.net

Mujeres Unidas y Activas is a grassroots organization of Latina immigrant women with a double mission of promoting personal transformation and building community power for social and economic justice.

 

Oakland Catholic Worker

http://www.oaklandcatholicworker.org

The Oakland Catholic Worker is a House of Hospitality offering transitional housing (up to 4 months) to Latin American Immigrants.

 

Oakland Community Organizations (OCO)

http://www.oaklandcommunity.org/causes/pathways-to-citizenship/

OCO’s immigration reform work is about making sure that all people have the right to become a U.S. citizen.

 

Post Release Accompaniment Project

http://www.endisolation.org/PRAP

PRAP provides direct services to both people in detention and their loved ones; for example, PRAP volunteers advocate for release from detention as well as provide transportation, hospitality and legal services upon release. This model challenges the notion that detention is necessary, while also providing diverse support to immigrants to ameliorate suffering and achieve freedom.

 

Refugee Transitions

http://www.reftrans.org

RT’s mission is to assist newcomer families in becoming self-sufficient in the United States by providing services to help them attain the English language, life, job, and academic skills they need to succeed in their new communities.

 

Sogorea Te- Land Trust:  An Urban Indigenous Women-Led Land Trust in California’s East Bay
 
 
Facilitating the return of Chochenyo And Karkin Ohlonle lands in the SF Bay Are to Indigenous stewardship.

 

Street Level Health Project

http://streetlevelhealth.org

Street Level Health Project is an Oakland-based grassroots organization dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of underserved urban immigrant communities in the Bay Area.

 

UC Berkeley Refugee Resources

http://bev.berkeley.edu/refugees/

UCB Refugee Resources is a clearinghouse for activism and information and provides a website, listserv and community of people at Berkeley and the surrounding area to respond to refugee issues around the world, especially the Middle East.

 

UC Berkeley Undocumented Student Program

http://undocu.berkeley.edu/

Provides resources and support services for students wanting to attend or attending UC Berkeley.  Offers opportunities to help local undocumented students apply to Berkeley.

 

 

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