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.

2014 Advisory Board

Chair: Alor Calderon (ERC)

Labor: Michelle Kru (Labor Council)

Legal: Daniel Stracka (UURISE)

Faith: Lisa Maldonado (ICWJ)

Community: Lorena Slomansen (HRC), Karen Plascencia (OCHR), Pedro Rios (AFSC)



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

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 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.

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.

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. 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.

Center for Social Advocacy. www.centerforsocialadvocacy.org. Community organization promoting positive attitudes and actions that ensure respect, acceptance and equal opportunity for all people.

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.

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

Interfaith Committee 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.

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

San Diego Foundation for Change www.foundation4change.org. To create a passionate community of support for progressive leaders and organizations in the San Diego/ Tijuana region.

San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center – www.thecentersd.org. The Center provides direct program services to the many different facets of the LGBT community, including men, women, youth, seniors, families, LGBT Latino community members and their families, and those struggling with HIV.

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.