CDFF Newsletter: Centering the Expertise of Movement Leaders

Monday, November 7, 2022

Centering the Expertise of Movement Leaders

Hello and welcome to the CDFF Newsletter Series: Learning for Immigrant Justice!

The recent political stunts of relocating migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Washington D.C., and New York City distract us from the urgent needs of the 2.4 million people who arrived and were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border this year. We invite you to look past the media sensationalism of these stories and learn with us as we focus on the rights, wellbeing, and dignity of migrants and share insights from the work being done at the border to support them.
This limited mailing of 12 bi-monthly newsletters will highlight the work and insights of non-profit organizations that were funded by the California Dignity for Families Fund (CDFF), a collective action fund that supports the urgent humanitarian needs of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border and those newly arriving from Afghanistan and Haiti. 

This series of newsletters will cover topics such as:

  • A holistic approach to services that combines legal and humanitarian support

  • The dire need for access to in-language, culturally appropriate services

  • The mental health challenges of both immigrants and those working to support them

  • How best to meet the needs of unaccompanied migrant youth 

Launched in 2021, the Fund aims to:

  • Ensure due process for asylum seekers

  • Support the integration of migrant families and unaccompanied children into receiving communities

  • Build the power of migrants historically excluded from philanthropy and other critical decision-making spaces 

GCIR is the lead organization guiding the Fund's strategic direction, fund development, and implementation.

What Makes This Fund Unique?

CDFF is guided by a set of principles intended to influence how philanthropy engages with migrant communities and to inform how it redistributes resources. These principles are grounded in trusting relationships among diverse stakeholders and in centering the expertise of movement leaders.

Valuing the knowledge and listening to the experiences of immigrant justice movement leaders allows us to gain a deeper understanding of the needs of migrants at the border and the needs of the non-profits doing the work to serve and advocate for them. By doing so, we can build an effective and sustainable support infrastructure that will address and engage the challenges facing migrants as they arrive to the U.S.

We look forward to sharing more about the Dignity Fund’s work and learnings over the next few months! The next issue of this newsletter will focus on the nonprofit organizations funded by CDFF. Learn about trends, demographics, successes, and challenges as we explore the issue of philanthropic underinvestment in immigrant communities in rural areas.
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