projects by chrcl
Casa Libre is a historic 10,000-square-foot Gothic mansion built in 1901. Purchased by the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, Inc. in 1996, it serves as a transitional shelter for unaccompanied immigrant minors released to the program from Federal custody.
Casa Libre's program expertise lies in the provision of shelter, social, educational, medical and legal services for homeless and detained unaccompanied minor immigrant children, who have often been abused, abandoned, or neglected in their home countries and traveled to the United States alone. Services are provided to youth without homes regardless of immigration status.
Tents-4-Homeless addresses the critical need to protect homeless people from inclement weather and to offer a temporary night-time place of refuge by providing tents and sleeping bags to homeless people.
This project does not address the root causes of homelessness - rapid economic globalization, increasing privatization and land speculation, lack of jobs and job training programs, lack of affordable housing, poverty and mental illness. Our efforts are aimed at addressing the pressing need of homeless people for a basic shelter to protect themselves from the rain or cold nights when emergency housing in a shelter program is not available.
The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law represents all detained immigrant children in the United States through the Flores v. Sessions class action case.
Under the 1997 Flores settlement, The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law is the only non-governmental organization in the country permitted to inspect all detention sites where children are detained and to interview and assess the treatment of detained children.
At the Reunify.org website, volunteer lawyers, interpreters, and child welfare experts can register to assist CHRCL in its Flores monitoring of detention sites.
To learn more or to sign up to volunteer to be a monitor for Project Reunify, go to the Project Reunify website.
In 2010, NPNA was founded by 12 of the country’s largest statewide immigrant advocacy organizations. The organizations and the communities that comprise them identified a need for a national voice for immigrant communities. NPNA was formed to leverage the existing expertise among its member organizations for greater collective impact.
Since then, NPNA has grown to include 37 organizations that build power in immigrant communities & shape the conversation on immigrant integration at the local, state, & federal levels. NPNA holds a unique position in the immigrant rights movement as the foremost institution comprised of and led by immigrant constituencies who effectively mobilize for change that represents our most pressing needs.
USCIS is requesting a $1.2 billion bailout from Congress and is threatening to lay off around 70% of its workers by August if it doesn't receive it. It began to send furlough notices to some 13,400 workers yesterday, which can lead to a slowdown (if not shutdown) of USCIS operations and processing applications. While this is a politically manufactured crisis by the administration, it's also an opportunity for USCIS accountability.
Today NPNA sent a letter to Congressional appropriators requesting that any funding for USCIS come with strict conditions like freezing the proposed rule that would: increase citizenship, DACA, asylum and other fees; eliminate most fee waivers; and transfer funds from USCIS to ICE.
In order to drive through our demands, please:
Contact your Senators and Reps and demand strict conditions for USCIS accountability (specific targets below)
Use our digital toolkit with talking points, sample social media posts, graphics, and Congressional targets
If you work for a city or county, use NPNA and Center for Popular Democracy's municipal toolkit.