Our Mission

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) was founded in 1986. CHIRLA is a California leader with national impact made of diverse immigrant families and individuals who act as agents of social change to achieve a world with freedom of mobility, full human rights, and true participatory democracy. CHIRLA’s mission is to achieve a just society fully inclusive of immigrants. CHIRLA organizes and serves individuals, institutions and coalitions to build power, transform public opinion, and change policies to achieve full human, civil and labor rights. Guided by the power, love, and vision of our community, CHIRLA embraces and drives progressive social change. 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.

  • Meet the needs of low-propensity, new American voters to encourage them to participate in our democracy
  • CHIRLA responds to the critical need for reliable information through a network of community relationships well-established for decades.
  • At a time when such services are scarce, CHIRLA works to give the high-quality legal representation that our community requires.
  • CHIRLA is able to coordinate actions across the state to win pro-immigrant policies that make a difference in the lives of our members.


“What we’re doing is building a movement that will transform America.”

-Angelica Salas, Executive Director