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.

2015 Advisory Board

Chair: Pedro Rios (American Friends Service Committee)

Labor Representative: Genoveva Aguilar (SEIU-USWW)

Legal Representative: Ginger Jacobs (Immigration Lawyers Acting in the Community)

Faith Representative: Dr. Robert Moser (Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego)

Community Representative: Francisco Herrerias (Asociación de Liderazgo Comunitario)

Community Representative: Miguel Nuñez Vazquez (Alianza Comunitaria)

Community Representative: Ramla Sahid (Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans)



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.

Asociación de Liderazgo Comunitario. www.sdtenants.org. A community organization based in San Diego, focused on the holistic empowerment of the diverse residents in low- income communities.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

Operation Samahanwww.operationsamahan.org. Operation Samahan’s mission is to “build healthier, happier communities together. ” With our patients, staff, and community partners, we promote better health and living conditions for all members of the community. Our emphasis lies particularly in serving the indigent, low-income, uninsured and underserved individuals and families, by providing high quality, affordable and culturally accessible primary health care, dental care, behavioral health counseling, holistic health promotion and education, and multi-faceted social services. What sets us apart is our belief in an integrative, holistic approach to keeping people well and healthy. This means we not only provide modern diagnostics and treatment, we also offer acupuncture, massage, yoga, and consultations with naturopathic doctors of natural medicine.

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.

San Diego Workers Centerwww.sdworkerscenter.org. The San Diego Worker Center is a place where day laborers and household workers can find work and get assistance with their rights as workers. We assist workers to lead healthier and more productive lives.

SEIU-USWW. www.seiu-usww.org. SEIU United Service Workers West represents more than 40,000 janitors, security officers, airport service workers, and other property service workers across California.

Sierra Club Borderlands Campaign. www.sierraclub.org. The Sierra Club Borderlands campaign takes a strong stance against policies that promote environmental degradation. They are seeking to restore and protect the borderlands that have been damaged by failed border policies.

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 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.