Achieving Empowerment Together

Coalitions are organic by nature, growing and waning as issues evolve and new problems arise.

They also give birth to new organizations seeded with relationships we have built over time. Though CHIRLA can point to its own wins, our most enduring and significant successes have happened when we work towards a common goal in coalition with others.

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Most Active Regional Coalitions

California Table for Immigration Reform

Created in 2009 to connect the immigration reform movement across California. It consists of community, faith, immigrant, labor, and LGBTQI organizations working together to address immigrant issues through regional actions that result in national impact. Collectively, we strategize on Statewide campaigns that move us closer to legalization for our immigrant community.

Raids Rapid Response Network (RRRN)

Created in 2006 as a response to mass raids in factories, the LARRRN connects immigrants caught in enforcement operations with pro-bono and low-cost attorneys, works to shut down private, unaccountable immigration jails, and strengthens know your rights education throughout Los Angeles County. It consists of community, faith, immigrant, labor, legal and LGBTQI organizations.

Los Angeles Action Table

The LA Action table is a coalition of organizations working towards City and County policies that advance the rights, policies, and protections of immigrants. It was established in 2016 and is composed of community, faith, immigrant, labor, LGBTQI, and refugee organizations working together to dive into policy and engage directly with elected officials at the local, state, and federal level.

Our National Coalitions

  • We Are All America: This multi-sector national coalition mobilizes and aligns community organizations to work for local and state pro-refugee policies in accord with a national vision, helping train refugees as civic leaders to speak out in support.
  • FIRM: In response to the 1996 Welfare Reform Act, the Center for Community Change created the National Campaign for Jobs and Income Support. CHIRLA’s push to include immigration led to the creation of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM).
  • National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA): In 2010, NPNA was founded by 12 of the country’s largest statewide immigrant advocacy organizations.  This partnership helps provide large-scale services from, naturalization to voter registration and other immigration-related services.
  • National Domestic Workers Alliance: In 2007, the National Domestic Workers Alliance was founded to advocate and promote the right of domestic workers in the US.
  • Value Our Families Campaign:  The Value Our Families Campaign - a network of local and national community-based and advocacy organizations - exists to protect, preserve, and strengthen the family immigration system and promote an immigration system that is informed by love, empathy, and justice. 
  • Defund Hate: The #DefundHate campaign, composed of organizations representing directly impacted communities, faith leaders, and civil rights and immigrant rights advocates, is committed to divestment from agencies that tear apart our families and terrorize our communities.
  • Home is Here: is a coalition is made up of immigrant youth, their families, and allies to stop the Trump administration from trying to dismantle DACA. 
  • TPS Alliance:  The National TPS Alliance is formed and led by TPS beneficiaries from across the United States, combining advocacy efforts at a national level to save Temporary Protected Status for all beneficiaries in the short term and to devise legislation that creates a path to permanent residency in the long term.   
  • Protecting Immigrant Families: is made up of hundreds of diverse organizations, and it develops innovative advocacy strategies, distributes educational resources, and keeps allies informed of all the current and potential policies that impact immigrant families.

Our State Coalitions

  • CIPC: The California Immigrant Policy Center grew out of efforts to protect low-income immigrants in California. Founded in 1996 as the California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative in response to measures that kicked immigrants out of federal welfare programs, it helped create health programs in California to include them.
  • Health 4 All: CHIRLA is a member of the steering committee for the Health For All Coalition, formed by CIPC to address exclusions of immigrants from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and make healthcare accessible to everyone, regardless of status
  • Having Our Say: Created in 2008 to ensure the California legislature heard communities of color affected by a lack of healthcare as one united voice. It followed a failed effort to reform access to healthcare in the state that ignored the voices of immigrants and people of color.
  • Californians for Economic Justice (CA4EJ): CHIRLA is a steering committee member of ​this diverse coalition of community and faith-based organizations that work to advance economic justice for all Californians, to improve the economic security of our communities.
  • Safety Net for All: CHIRLA joined the Safety Net for All coalition to ensure that all Californians have a safety net during the COVID-19 pandemic, regardless of their immigration status. 
  • Building the California Dream Alliance: CHIRLA is one of 70 progressive organizations that joined together to build a California where everyone has a shot at the California DREAM.

Our Local Coalitions

  • EmbRACE LA: In 2016, EmbRACE LA was launched by Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, to change and change the biases in our local neighborhoods and local government. 
  • Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ICIJ): CHIRLA is a member of the Inland Coalition For Immigrant Justice to engage in policy advocacy, community organizing and education, and rapid response to ICE and border patrol operations.
  • Shut Down Adelanto
  • Los Angeles Justice Fund: It is a public-private partnership created to assist people who are facing deportation and cannot afford legal assistance.
  • Promoting Unity Safety and Health in Los Angeles (PUSH LA)PUSH LA was formed in response to decades of racist policing that has plagued Black and Brown communities in Los Angeles. This inclusive cross-sector coalition of base building, advocacy and religious/interfaith organizations launched after data analyses in 2019 revealed that the LAPD Metro Division officers stop and arrest Black people at a rate more than five times their share of the city’s population.

CHIRLA helped found these organizations

  • California For Human Immigrant Leadership Action Fund (CHIRLA Action Fund)
  • National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
  • National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA)
  • California Domestic Workers’ Coalition (CDWC)
  • National Domestic Workers’ Alliance (NDWA)

CHIRLA is a member of

  • Alianza TPS
  • Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
  • Blueprint for Belonging
  • Los Angeles Council on Immigrant Integration 
  • Equal Voice for Southern California Families Alliance
  • Los Angeles May Day Coalition
  • Million Voter Project (MVP)
  • One California
  • Los Angeles County Immigrant Integration Task Force