The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles abbreviated as CHIRLA is a California based organization that basically fights for immigrants’ rights.

Despite being founded as a county-based organization in 1986, CHIRLA has grown over the years to champion rights of immigrant individuals at a national level.

And this evolution from county to national recognition has been achieved through; organizing and serving individuals, institutions, and coalitions which they use to build power to influence public opinion and change policies so as to deliver full human, labor, and civil rights.

CHIRLA’s Background

After the successful passing of the Immigration Reform and control act in 1986 the Coalition for Humane Immigration of Los Angeles was founded; putting it among the oldest organizations that advocate for human rights. During its founding, it got its initial funding from the Ford Foundation which majorly focused on the education of immigrants on the Immigration Reform Control Act of 1986. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

Back then as a county-based organization, CHIRLA focused on organizing and mobilizing immigrants and providing them with resources and leadership. As they began to grow, CHIRLA began to get involved with programs and committees while creating smaller organizations that shared their agenda.

That focus enabled the Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights of Los Angeles get the national recognition it has today.

CHIRLA now works with various organizations around America with the intention of influencing future federal legislations. That collaboration with other like-minded organizations has enabled CHIRLA to challenge laws that infringed immigrant workers rights countrywide.

CHIRLA’s Role

CHIRLA aims at driving progressive social change with the resulting achievement of an all-inclusive society immigrants being part of it. To get there, CHIRLA specializes in serving the following kind of victims: domestic violence victims, survivors of human trafficking, torture survivors, juveniles, the LGBT community, individuals with a criminal record, and individuals with physical or mental disabilities. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/

CHIRLA’s legal assistance to immigrants, on the other hand, includes the following: Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Family-based petitions, Citizenship, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, U visas, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) just to name a few. To provide the mentioned legal services among the many others that affect immigrants, CHIRLA gets assistance from other like-minded organizations.

One notable organizational assistance received by CHIRLA would be from the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. Having been victims of a violation of their first amendment rights, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin sued the county and got a settlement of $ 3.75 million.

These co-founders of Phoenix Times and Village Voice Media decided to dedicate their settlement money to fund migrant rights organizations.

The two journalists were taken from their homes in the middle of the night by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and arrested after revealing grand jury proceedings that brought reporter’s notes on articles that involved the Sheriff.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund which is the organization that distributes this settlement funds to support groups that advocate for civil human and migrant rights and DACA of CHIRLA is one of the organization’s biggest beneficiaries.

In conclusion, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles has fought a long, fruitful fight against the infringement of civil, human and immigrant rights within and past California. The fight is not over, and the CHIRLA organization has proven its worth and will continue even as it expands its legal horizons.