SUMMER 2021 GRANT ROUND 2ND RECIPIENT: AL OTRO LADO

grant announcement

for August 30th, 2021

We are excited to announce our 2nd Summer 2021 Grant Round Recipient!

Thanks to our generous donor community, Al Otro Lado is receiving a $10,000 grant towards providing legal and humanitarian support to indigent refugees, deportees, and other migrants in the US and Tijuana.

Al Otro Lado provides direct, free, legal services on both sides of the US-Mexico border and beyond. They engage in zealous individual representation, medical-legal partnerships, and impact litigation to protect the rights of immigrants and asylum-seekers. They leverage vital partnerships and engage thousands of volunteers to increase our capacity and help build a broad-based immigrant justice movement. Their approach is multidisciplinary, client-centered, and trauma-informed, combining fierce legal advocacy with holistic support. The clients they serve include medically vulnerable and disabled migrants, people in detention, and all families who have been separated by unjust US immigration policies. Al Otro Lado conducts human rights monitoring in immigration prisons and at the border, informing our impact litigation and policy advocacy strategies with a focus on dismantling systems of oppression. They offer a diverse, multi-faceted approach with a trauma- informed lens to our legal work. Al Otro Lado believes all migrants deserve access to due process no matter where you come from.

Binational Family Unity Program: Al Otro Lado has assisted dozens of families with cross-border custody issues, and helps connect family members residing in the United States to social, legal, medical, housing, and mental health services via a unique program in Los Angeles. Al Otro Lado also assists deportees who are struggling to survive in Tijuana. Many deportees have grown up in the United States, and lack the Mexican identity documents necessary to obtain housing, employment, and medical care. Al Otro Lado provides deportees with information on how to obtain identity documents, educational equivalence, and health coverage in Mexico. They also provide deportees with information on potential employment opportunities for English-speakers. Some of their clients were deported in violation of their due process rights. Wherever possible, their attorneys work to assist deportees who are able to legally return to the United States.

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