coalition for immigrant justice
Who We Are
The ICIJ, is composed of over 35 organizations that serve the immigrant community in the Inland Empire. The IC4IJ currently focuses on advocacy, changing the narrative, and capacity building. Our coalition engages in policy advocacy, community organizing and education, and rapid response to ICE and border patrol operations. We are collectively changing the narrative of the one million immigrants who live, thrive, and are a foundational part of the fabric of the IE. We are building organizational capacity through leadership development, cooperation, support networks, and shared regional strategies. Lastly, the IC4IJ provides resources such as training, technical support, and grants to coalition partners to further support their efforts and mission in the region.
The Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice is dedicated to convening organizations to collectively advocate and work to improve the lives of immigrant communities while working toward a just solution to the immigration system
We envision a region and state where justice abounds and the contributions of immigrants are respected and help create a more prosperous region and state for everyone.
coalition for immigrant justice
In 2008, Roman Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Rutilio del Riego convened Immigrant leaders in the Inland Empire Region. His call was to unify leaders in the region to begin organizing collectively with a unified message of justice for immigrants. These meetings lead to the creation of the Justice for Immigrants Coalition of Inland Southern California (JFIC). Near the end of 2015 we began a process to assess our progress, identify key opportunities and threats and to identify our capacity needs through a process of strategic planning. We also adopted a new name -- Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice to better reflect our regional and unique identity.
Over the years we have been influential in advocating for the rights of all immigrants Major victories include advocating for the passage of the California Trust Act (AB 4), which limits cooperation between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local law enforcement. Supporting immigrant youth in their fight for DACA, an executive action that protects immigrant youth from deportation. We supported the statewide push for Driver Licenses for All (AB 60), which has provided over 1 million drivers licenses to undocumented Californianas. More recently, we successfully advocated for the passage of a series of laws that would protect immigrants under the new federal administration, including the California Values Act (Sb 54).
We have continued to grow in strength and depth. We have evolved into a dynamic, diverse, and prominent coalition--engine for justice and change in the Inland Region and California. Currently, over 40 grassroots, community, faith-based, legal service, and workers rights organizations are part of the Coalition.
Lizbeth (Castillejos) Abeln
Alejandro Meza Aguilar
In Loving Memory of Aidé Arana
Aidé Arana was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco on August 26th, 1988. Aidé was passionate about creating opportunities for her family and others; she was firm in her belief for justice. Aidé was kind and fierce; she did not have to choose one over the other. She was selfless; even in hard times, she put the needs of her family and loved ones first. She achieved many of her dreams, including graduating from the University of California, Riverside with a major in Sociology in 2017 and working to advance immigrant rights with the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ICIJ). Everything she achieved was always with the motivation of lifting up and honoring her family. We learned so much from Aidé. She was wise beyond her years and shared with us the lessons she learned from a well-lived, although too brief, life. She taught us to stand up for what we believe in, dream big, be courageous in the face of struggle, help others in need, and enjoy life to the fullest. Most of all, she taught us to be kind to one another. Aidé loved her family and friends so much; she always saw the best in those around her and was a loving, supportive, and loyal daughter, sister, partner, and friend. We honor Aidé by spreading her kindness and love to others.
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