About Us

The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium is a project of the Alliance San Diego.

Beginning in 2007, community, faith, labor, and legal organizations have come together as the Immigrant Rights Consortium. Through the Consortium, these organizations are pursuing four common goals:

  1. Support comprehensive immigration reform.
  2. Stop the spread of local policies and practices that target and violate the civil and human rights of immigrants.
  3. Educate immigrants about their rights and the legal and other resources available to them.
  4. Educate the public about the important contributions of immigrants and counter the myths and misstatements made about immigrants.

If your organization is interested in joining the Consortium you must agree to the terms in our MOU. Please email us or call us for any further questions.



Alliance San Diego. www.alliancesd.org. A community empowerment organization that builds coalitions to promote justice and social change.

Alianza Comunitaria. www.alianzacomunitaria.org.  A coalition of human rights groups, student groups, and community members in North San Diego County that provides a free alert system to community residents who are often targets of law enforcement excessive use of authority.

Alliance for African Assistancehttp://www.alliance-for-africa.org. For over 25 years, Alliance for African Assistance has worked to provide assistance here in the United States and abroad to refugees, internally displaced persons, immigrants, those seeking asylum, victims of torture and war, distressed women and children and altogether those suffering from economical hardship.

American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego & Imperial Counties (ACLU). www.aclusandiego.org. National legal organization advocating for individual rights  on a broad array of issues affecting individual freedom in the United States.

American Immigration Lawyers Association — San Diego Chapter. The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

American Friends Service Committee. www.afsc.org/sandiego. Quaker organization founded in 1917 that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service.

Anti-Defamation League San Diego Regional Office. http://sandiego.adl.org. The San Diego Regional Office has been serving the San Diego and Imperial Counties since 1978.  Our office strives to keep the community safe through Education, Protection, and Investigation.

Aguilas del Desierto. www.aguilas-del-desierto.blogspot.com/. Volunteer group that does search and rescue operations in the desert and mountainous regions of the border between the United States and Mexico.

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance. http://www.apalanet.org. Founded in 1992, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO, is the first and only national organization of Asian Pacific American (APA) union members. Since its founding, APALA has played a unique role in addressing the workplace issues of the 660,000 APA union members and as the bridge between the broader labor movement and the APA community.

California Immigrant Policy Center. www.caimmigrant.org The Policy Center seeks to inform public debate and policy decisions on issues affecting the state’s immigrants and their families in order to improve the quality of life for all Californians.

Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego. www.ccdsd.org. Faith-based community service ministry of the Catholic Diocese of San Diego that advocates for a just society on behalf of the poor and promotes self-determination for all.

The Center. www.thecentersd.org. The mission of The San Diego LGBT Community Center is to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV communities by providing activities, programs and services that create community; empower community members; provide essential resources; advocate for civil and human rights; and embrace, promote and support our cultural diversity.

Christ Ministry Centerwww.christsd.com. Christ United Methodist Ministry Center is an ecumenical, non-profit faith-based urban ministry agency of The United Methodist Church (UMC). CMC’s purpose is to:
provide a nurturing environment for worship, religious education and fellowship for religious congregations in the advancement of religion and ministry; provide a base of operations for charitable and community non-profit* organizations engaged in public benefit ministries; especially relief of the poor, distressed and underprivileged; create and maintain a mechanism to harness the resources of existing non-profit* charities and churches in the San Diego area which enables them more efficiency and effectiveness in helping the helpless.

City of San Diego Human Relations Commission. www.sandiego.gov/human-relations. City commission that conducts and promotes activities that foster mutual respect and understanding; and protects basic human and civil rights.

Council on American-Islamic Relationshttp://ca.cair.com. CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

Crossroads Justice Center of San Diego. http://www.cjcsandiego.org. The Crossroads Justice Center of San Diego increases access to justice in the San Diego area by offering holistic legal and social services at below-market prices on a sliding scale.  Services are offered to people who need them, regardless of race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, or religion.  CJC San Diego works to help people stay with their families and out of detention, in recovery and out of jail, on a path to success and out of trouble.

Employee Rights Center. www.weberc.net.  Legal service organization that educates employees about their rights and advocates for them as needed.

Immigration Center for Women and Children (San Diego)http://icwclaw.org. The Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC) is a non-profit legal organization providing affordable immigration services to underrepresented women and children in California. ICWC strives to provide security and stability for children who are abused, abandoned or neglected and for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes.

Immigration Lawyers Acting in the Community. ILAC is a new organization formed to help provide new and young attorneys with the support and mentorship they need to grow professionally in the field of immigration law.  Membership is free.  In return, attorneys volunteer their time at naturalization and DACA workshops.

Interfaith Center for Worker Justice of San Diego County (ICWJ). www.ICWJ.org . Grass-roots, faith-based organization educating and mobilizing San Diego religious communities to support issues and campaigns that will sustain lives with dignity for workers and their families by such means as improving wages, benefits, and working conditions.

International Rescue Committee (IRC). www.theirc.org. One of the first to respond, one of the last to leave. For 75 years, the International Rescue Committee has been a leader in humanitarian relief.

Jewish Family Services of San Diegowww.jfssd.org. Strengthen the individual, enhance the family, protect the vulnerable, with human services based on Jewish values.

Justice Overcoming Boundaries. www.justicesandiego.org. To nurture and develop grass roots community leaders, empowering them with the tools, skills and support they need to shape public policies that affect them, their families and their communities.

Labor Council of San Diego & Imperial Counties. www.unionyes.org. Represents more than 192,000 union workers in the region and advocates for an economy with more jobs, better jobs and better lives for all workers in the region – union and non-union.

Legal Aid Society — Employment Law Center (San Diego Workers’ Rights Clinic). https://las-elc.org/workers-rights-clinics/san-diego-clinic. Legal Aid Society — Employment Law Center advances justice and economic opportunities for low-income people and their families at work, in school and in the community. The San Diego Workers’ Rights Clinic provides free and confidential information to workers about their legal rights.

MAAC Project. www.maacproject.org. Since MAAC’s beginnings in the 1965, its focus has remained constant: To help individuals and families create the lives they want and deserve.

M.E.Ch.A of San Diego State University. www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~mecha/Documents.html. Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (M.E.Ch.A.) is a student organization that promotes higher education, cultura, and historia.

National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum—San Diego – www.napawf.org/find-a-chapter/napawf-in-san-diego-ca. NAPAWF-San Diego’s mission is to build community, engage in political activism and empowerment, develop new leaders, and sustain our chapter and the AAPI movement in San Diego for AAPI womyn, girls, transgender, gender non-conforming individuals and allies.
National Latino Research Center at CSU San Marcos – www.csusm.edu/nlrc/. The mission of the National Latino Research Center (NLRC) at California State University San Marcos is to promote scientific and applied research, training, and the exchange of information that contribute to the knowledge and understanding of the rapidly growing U.S. Latino population. The NLRC’s local and national projects have explored topics such as cultural competency in public agencies, migrant health, environmental justice, educational equity, civic engagement, and community development.

Nile Sisters Development Initiativehttp://nilesisters.org/Nile Sisters’ mission is to educate, support and offer training to refugee and immigrant women and their families to help them overcome barriers to social and economic self-reliance.

North County Immigration Task Force – https://www.facebook.com/760NCITf/. The NCITF is a group of advocates, organizations, leaders and community members who work together to empower and voice the needs of our community, to advance immigrant rights in North County, San Diego. 

Oceanside Human Rights Council Community college based human rights organizations that educates and advocates on behalf of immigrants and other community members in Oceanside.

Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans. www.panasd.orgThe Partnership for the Advancement of New American’s (PANA) mission is to promote the fair treatment and equitable inclusion of refugee communities using organizing to achieve collective impact and policy change.

Survivors of Torture, Internationalwww.notorture.org. Survivors of Torture, International is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for survivors of politically motivated torture and their families who live in San Diego County.

Unitarian Universalist Refugee & Immigration Services. uurise.org. Provides affordable, trustworthy legal immigration counseling, representation, and resettlement services to marginalized immigrants and refugees; and provides educational advocacy to the larger community.

United Domestic Workers. www.udwa.org. UDW is a union for homecare workers, by homecare workers, We look after loved ones in our families, or we care for community members who need our assistance. Many of us left paid, full-time jobs to do this work, and we frequently work more hours than we are paid for.  Together, we are building a stronger and more powerful presence and voice for caregivers at the legislative level. 

United Taxi Workers of San Diego. www. utwsd.org. A multi-ethnic membership-based organization formed in January 2010 immediately following the taxi drivers’ strike of December 2009. High lease prices, harassment by law enforcement and public transportation officials, and a generally languishing taxi industry necessitated better self representation and organization among drivers. Striking drivers appointed leadership and formed UTWSD. Since then UTWSD has lead the charge in effectuating real change for taxi drivers here in San Diego.

Unite Here Local 30. www.unitehere30.org. The hotel and hospitality workers’ union in San Diego. We represent 4,500 hotel, gaming, and food service workers throughout San Diego County.