CCIJ moves beyond traditional legal services and supports innovative approaches for the liberation and empowerment of detained immigrants and their communities.
Our immigration system is rooted in racism and xenophobia. It dehumanizes and defames our community members to justify detaining them and profiting off their suffering.
CCIJ is committed to fighting against this unjust and for-profit system by empowering folx in detention and working with them to find innovative strategies for individual and collective liberation.
CCIJ utilizes coordination, advocacy, and legal services to fight for the liberation of immigrants in detention in California.
We bring together organizers, advocates, and legal service partners committed to abolition and liberation.
We also coordinate with partners to provide resources and information that is culturally and linguistically competent related to immigration law, COVID-19 vaccines in detention, and other issues individuals face while detained.
We work closely with grassroots organizations and partners, as well as detained and formerly detained leaders at Yuba County Jail, Mesa Verde Detention Facility, Golden State Annex and Imperial Regional Detention Facility to push for safer conditions inside detention centers while fighting for individual and collective liberation.
We hold weekly legal clinics for unrepresented individuals, as well as provide referrals to pro bono and private attorneys, share self-representation materials, and offer legal services and advocate for systemic change, all with the goal of increasing representation rates and empowering those who are forced to navigate deportation proceedings and detention unrepresented.
Check out our most recent report on food conditions inside two detention centers in California.