As we have all witnessed over the last few years, there is an unprecedented level of strain on the immigrant rights nonprofit sector that has only been exacerbated by the current health pandemic. With four years of anti-immigrant polices, the COVID-19 pandemic and many other challenges, the constant trauma this work brings to advocates, especially those from impacted communities has only elevated the stress advocates have and continue to be under. And, for LA County in particular, where 1 in 5 residents are either undocumented or live with an undocumented family member, the stress of COVID-19 and its economic impacts is even higher, as is the stress on the organizations that serve those populations.
As the sector continues to respond to a rapidly changing policy landscape and address the multi-layered challenges immigrants continue to face, the Immigrant Rights Sustainability project will take a deep dive to better understand the challenges that organizations are facing and see how philanthropy can best support the sector while also looking for long-term solutions that build and support the sustainability of the immigrant rights sector.
We hope you can join us and hear from our partners with The Raben Group, Patty First, Imali Bandara and Daniel Ramirez, who will be leading this project.