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CCIJ works closely with detained and formerly detained leaders at Yuba County Jail (Marysville, CA), Mesa Verde 

Detention Facility (Bakersfield, CA), Golden State Annex (McFarland, CA), and Imperial Regional Detention Facility (Calexico, CA) to push for safer conditions while fighting for individual and collective liberation.


CCIJ partners with over 30 different organizations who help us perform community education, organizing, rapid response, and legal orientation and representation for immigrants and families impacted by detention and deportation.



Deepak Ahluwalia

Managing Partner at

Singh Ahluwalia Immigration Law Firm

Deepak brings extensive experience in removal defense litigation before the EOIR in both non-detained and detained settings across the U.S. to CCIJ 


Fernanda Perdomo-Arciniegas

Equity, Access, and Inclusion Manager for the City of Sunnyvale

Fernanda is the Equity, Access, and Inclusion Manager for the City of Sunnyvale. Prior to working for the City, Fernanda served as Deputy Diversity Officer in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at San José State University. She worked at SJSU for over 20 years in various roles.

She has received numerous awards and recognitions from the California State Assembly and the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors.

Fernanda currently serves on two different Boards of Directors: the California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice (CCIJ) and SOMOS Mayfair.

She is a leader in the Colombian American Diaspora and part of a coalition that seeks citizenship for all residents in the City of San José.

Fernanda has a bachelor's in mathematics and a master's in public administration. She also studied law at the Universidad Externado de Colombia.

She has specialized management training in leading transformation and change through the Management Development Program (MDP) at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education and is certified by the Intergroup Dialogue Institute at Cornell University.

She is a marathoner and a running coach.

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Nikki Dinh

Co Executive Director

Leadership Learning Community

Nikki is the daughter of boat people refugees who instilled in her the importance of being in community. Nikki came to CCIJ because CCIJ does not just amplify the voices of immigrants and refugees, but is also led by immigrants and refugees who seek dignity and justice for their families and community.


Yesenia Santacruz

Partner Law Office of Yesenia Santacruz

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