With the new Biden administration taking steps to expand legal relief opportunities for immigrants, hope has been rekindled for many—from working DACA recipients seeking to renew their status, to families longing to reunify with loved ones, to migrants seeking the protection of asylum. Yet, here in California the existing legal services infrastructure is under significant strain and is inadequately equipped to respond to increased demand as federal policy changes are rolled out. Legal services are where the proverbial rubber meets the road and without funder intervention, California residents will find themselves unable to access the support they need, even as headlines declare bold new opportunities for immigrants.
Join GCIR for a discussion with legal services experts from California and beyond as we dive into what it will take to build a legal services system with the ability to meet this moment. Optional pre-reading: GCIR’s California Legal Services Assessment.
- Aidin Castillo, Directing Attorney, Centro Legal de La Raza
- David Klauber, Senior Program Associate, Resource Development Associates
- Eduardo Ramirez Castro, Associate Director of CRLAF's Sustainable Rural Communities project based in Fresno
- Shaina Aber, Deputy Director, Center on Immigration on Justice, Vera Institute of Justice
- Sara Campos, Program Officer, Grove Foundation
Register by 4 pm PT Tuesday, February 9, 2021.
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