Member of the Casa Libre Project, a licensed emergency and long-term shelter for minors under the age of 18 without homes, including unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. *Unfortunately, due to lack of funding, this project has been unable to continue.
Peter Schey (right) is the President and Executive Director of the Center - 1980 to present.
Father Luis Olivares, then-President of the CHRCL Board of Directors, with Ed Asner at a Center special event (1992).
The Center headquarter is a two story building in the midst of Los Angeles.
The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law is a state-wide legal services support center with recognized expertise in complex litigation and the substantive law relating to immigrants and refugees. Our work currently focuses on the following: 1. Federal litigation in support of abused, abandoned, and neglected immigrant and refugee children eligible to legalize status as Special Immigrant Juveniles. 2. Enforcing the rights of children detained pending deportation or removal to appropriate placement and services. 3. Federal litigation involving efforts by state and local governments to enforce federal immigration laws. 4. Litigation, legislative advocacy and policy analysis to address the rights of immigrants to state driver’s licenses. 5. Protecting the rights of immigrant survivors of crime, human trafficking, and domestic violence. We also work in other areas of law and policy identified as priorities by IOLTA-recipients. CHRCL welcomes the input of Trust Fund programs into its priority setting process.
The Center is a legal services support center with recognized expertise in complex litigation, constitutional law, and laws targeting vulnerable insular populations including immigrants, refugees, at-risk children, survivors of domestic violence, prisoners in solitary confinement, and member of LGBT communities.
"I have been in SHU isolation for 35 years. I would not treat my worst enemy in such a way as I have been placed in isolation this long. To torture another human being with these horrific conditions should be contrary to what consists of a healthy society."