Helping parents and children facing threat of deportation access qualified legal representation and get released from immigration detention
Standing up for families
The Immigrant Family Defense Fund helps parents and children in California schools facing the threat of deportation access qualified legal representation, and those in immigration detention get released on bond. This includes long-time California residents, newly arriving families, and unaccompanied minors enrolled in California schools.
1 in 8 students in California schools have at least one undocumented parent
Undocumented families in California schools, whether newly arrived or long-term residents, often need help accessing qualified legal representation for immigration court proceedings, or help posting immigration bond if detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Immigration court proceedings can take several months or even years to complete. Without the ability to post bond, these prolonged periods of detention can push families into poverty and create tremendous emotional strain for both parents and children.
IFDF has been one of the organizations that has made the most direct difference in the lives of Alameda County Public Defender Clients. It has served as a source of hope for actual reunification of clients with their children and families where there otherwise would be none. Our clients come from low-income communities and struggle financially – but no child should have to suffer separation from a parent for the sole reason of a parent’s financial inability to pay a bond or pay application fees. IFDF is making a difference in the lives of immigrant families and communities every single day. I honestly don’t know what we would do without them.
Raha Jorjani, Director, Immigration Representation Project, Alameda County Public Defender’s Office
We help keep families together through
We leverage trusted school networks to connect families facing the threat of deportation to qualified legal services.
We help get parents, siblings and students placed in immigration detention released on bond through our revolving fund.
We help connect immigrant families to community resources.