What We Do

Recent accomplishments include:

  • CHIRLA’s California Dream Network launched the Light the Torch for the California Dream Act Campaign, the only coordinated, statewide effort to pass the California Dream Act.  This campaign mobilized over 13,000 immigrant youth and led the fight to pass AB 130 and 131.

  • CHIRLA plays a leadership role nationally in the Reform Immigration for America Campaign, and leads a California Table of almost 100 organizations representing faith, labor, and immigrant rights. 


  • In 2011, Congressman Gilbert Cedillo and the California State Assembly recognized Executive Director, Angelica Salas, as a “Woman of the Year,” and the YWCA of Pasadena named her a “Woman of Excellence.”

  • CHIRLA’s work in wage claims with EMPLEO has collected $8 million in back wages for immigrant workers.


  • CHIRLA educated 12,091 new and infrequent Latino and immigrant voters in 2010, in 266 precincts in 23 cities.  CHIRLA’s electoral work was featured in 60 media stories, and included coverage by NBC Nightly News, Christian Science Monitor, and the Los Angeles Times.


  • CHIRLA’s website offers free immigrant rights information and issue education.  Over the last year, www.chirla.org received over 6 million hits.


  • As LA County’s only nonprofit partner for the registration of new citizens, CHIRLA has helped register over 75,000 new voters at naturalization ceremonies in Los Angeles since 2004.

  • CHIRLA responds to 1,000 requests for interviews, and over 5,000 media hits annually.  CHIRLA’s promotion of immigrants and their contributions have appeared in CNN, NPR National News, New York Times, Washington Post, and MSNBC.


History and Mission: The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) was founded in 1986. CHIRLA is a regional immigrant rights organization with a mission to advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees, promote harmonious multi-ethnic and multi-racial human relations, and empower immigrants and their allies to build a more just and humane society.  CHIRLA was formed in response to the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 which made hiring undocumented workers illegal, thus creating a situation ripe for worker exploitation and abuse which have increased since that time. 

Programs:  For 25 years, CHIRLA’s innovative programming in community education, community organizing, civic engagement, policy and advocacy, and leadership development for youth has served the immigrant communities of the Los Angeles region, reaching 25,000 people annually.  Our principle of direct leadership and participation from immigrant communities has resulted in meaningful advocacy for economic justice, policy victories for immigrant worker rights, and a mobilized constituency prepared to advocate on its own behalf.  CHIRLA is a registered 501 (c) 3 non profit (Tax ID 95-4421521) and member dues and donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

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