Immigration Services & Undocumented Minors

Local Catholic Charities proudly serves immigrants

All Catholic Charities Organizations in California are privileged and honored to provide services to assist immigrant populations in communities across the State. These organizations are accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Catholic Charities of California United played an instrumental role in the creation of a new state program that provides nonprofit organizations with funds to provide legal services to immigrants. Since January, 2016 Catholic Charities has led this statewide program to help approximately 11,700 immigrants. This is in addition to services already being provided by Local Catholic Charities organizations. The following Catholic Charities organizations are participating in this program: Charities of Santa Rosa, Monterey, East Bay, Stockton, Orange, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Solano, Santa Clara, Northern Valley, and San Bernardino-Riverside.

Legal representation for unaccompanied, undocumented minors in crisis

For decades, Local Catholic Charities Organizations have provided services to undocumented, unaccompanied minors in California. Most of these children have faced dire hardships, including domestic violence, abuse, hunger, gang violence, and parental abandonment. Some are victims of illegal sex trafficking.

Catholic Charities of California United played an instrumental role in the creation of a new state program that provides nonprofit organizations with funds to provide legal services to undocumented, unaccompanied minors. Since 2014, under the leadership of California Charities of California, Local Catholic Charities Organizations have participated in the California Department of Social Services program to provide Legal Services for Unaccompanied Undocumented Minors (UUM). Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc. participate in this program. These organizations are accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals and provide no-cost, expert legal representation to these children. Catholic Charities has been recognized by the California Department of Social Services as a top-performing contractor for the UUM Legal Services program.