Local Catholic Charities proudly serve immigrants
Local Catholic Charities Organizations in California serve immigrants across the state, including providing low- and no-cost immigration legal services Catholic Charities legal services providers are recognized by the federal Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and most employ BIA-Accredited Representatives. A BIA-Accredited Representative is a person who is approved by the BIA to represent immigrants before the Immigration Courts, the BIA and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Local Catholic Charities organizations have provided immigration services for decades. These organizations currently participate as a network in the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Immigration Services Funding Grant Program, receiving State funds to provide no-cost immigration legal services and conduct outreach.
Since January of 2016, under the leadership of Catholic Charities of California, Inc., this statewide network has provided CDSS-funded free legal services to over 4,700 immigrants, and provided immigration-focused education and outreach to over 14,000 immigrants. Immigration services funded by CDSS include: Naturalization application assistance, DACA application assistance, legal representation for other affirmative legal remedies, and education and outreach.
The following Catholic Charities organizations participate in this program: Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey, Catholic Charities of the East Bay, Catholic Charities Diocese of Stockton, Catholic Charities of Orange County, Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego, Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc., Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Catholic Charities of Solano, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, Northern Valley Catholic Social Service, Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, and Catholic Charities of San Bernardino & Riverside Counties.
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.
Since 2014, under the leadership of California Charities of California, local Catholic Charities Organizations have participated in the CDSS Legal Services for Unaccompanied Undocumented Minors (UUM) Program, providing no-cost, expert legal representation to these children. At the present time, Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc., participates in this program.