Asylum Seekers

Recognizing the intensifying legal service needs of immigrant communities, GCIR and the California Immigrant Integration Initiative (CIII) launched a study in 2019 to understand the capacity of immigration legal service providers in California and generate recommendations for philanthropic investment. This 2022 update is a supplement to the 2019-20 findings and offers recommendations to strengthen immigration legal services in California. Read the full report to learn more.
2022 Update - Immigration Legal Services in California A Time for Bold Action
May 2022
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Join Afghan American community leaders and GCIR in a conversation on what funders should know about the immediate needs of the community and how the Afghan diaspora is working to cultivate their long-term sustainability and bulid the power of the community.   
October 2021
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GCIR is announcing the California Dignity for Families Fund’s first round of grantmaking investments, totalling $2.8M. The Fund, launched in May as part of a public-private partnership with the State of California, mobilizes philanthropic dollars to provide urgent humanitarian relief to migrants and support for their resettlement in California communities. 
October 2021
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October 2021
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Analysis on the critical importance of legal services for immigrants and how philanthropy can help expand access. Authored by Sara Campos, Grove Foundation; Navin Moul, Zellerbach Family Foundation; and Kevin Douglas, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees.
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September 2021
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We at GCIR are heartbroken about the devastating crises unfolding in Afghanistan and Haiti. Our country can rise to our highest ideals by providing protection to those who most desperately need it and welcoming them into our communities. Read our statement with recommendations for philanthropy.
August 2021
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Join GCIR and leaders from the field for a conversation on how communities are working to both support newcomers as well as long-term residents.
July 2021
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The second quarterly meeting of GCIR's California Immigrant Integration Initiative (CIII).   
May 2021
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Philanthropy can also support messaging and communications strategies that shift public perceptions about asylum and drive welcoming narratives. The recommendations highlighted below reflect core values of dignity, justice and belonging, as well as ongoing conversations with a broad range of community-based organizations in Mexico and the U.S, nationally and locally. There is a deep sense of urgency in the NGO community to be prepared.
February 2021
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A news article from Reuters looking at the positive impact the incoming Biden Administration may have on refugee populations around the world.
November 2020
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