CHIRLA’s offices are now open to the public
Starting Jan. 18, 2022, and to accommodate issues with the continuing COVID pandemic, CHIRLA will provide legal intake consultations by phone, by appointment only, on Tuesdays from 9 am to 5 pm. We can conduct up to 40 consultations each Tuesday.
How to get a consultation appointment:
- Call 213-201-3797 on Mondays and Wednesdays 9 am to 5 pm and leave a message requesting an appointment
- Staff will return your call to conduct an intake interview
- If we accept the case, we will schedule you to come in to sign a contract. CHIRLA does not officially represent you until the contract is signed.
- If you prefer an in-person visit, we conduct in-person consultations on the second Saturday of each month, beginning Feb. 12, 2022. We begin at 7:30 a.m. and accept up to 40 walk-in clients. No appointment is necessary.
- Mask, social distancing, and proof of COVID vaccination is required.
- There is a different process for deportation defense cases that we will announce soon
- If you need DACA legal services, watch for the posting on Facebook and Instagram at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. We take the first 20 respondents
Forgotten During COVID: An Assessment of Immigrant Needs in the Pandemic
To respond to the COVID-19 health crisis, and to recognize the contributions of undocumented immigrants to its economy, the state of California, again leading the nation in social justice and equity for its people, in May launched an unprecedented assistance program for immigrants affected by the pandemic. With an allocation of $75 million, the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) program served more than 150,000 undocumented people, disbursing an estimated $500 per household in direct aid.
The member organizations of the California Immigrant Relief Assistance Coalition, as trusted messengers, then administered the program. And we saw a unique opportunity to learn more about the fears and concerns in our community. The result is this report.