Immigration Legal Services Grant Proposal Invitation
The Secure Families Fund of the Community Foundation Sonoma County has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit interest in a qualified non-profit(s) to provide removal defense and related legal services to the Sonoma County immigrant community. The project, related information, and deadlines are contained in the RFP, which can be downloaded by clicking the button below. First year funding is anticipated to be in the $500,000-$600,000 range. As described in the Mission statement, the proposed project would meet the demonstrated need in Sonoma County for pro bono deportation defense services, as well as providing legal support to undocumented fire victims. The project came out of a convening of immigration advocates and attorneys who saw the significant need caused by the change of federal immigration policies and related legal resource gaps in the County – especially post October fires. The intention is to provide up to three years funding for the successful project.
- A bidders conference is scheduled for May 2, 2018.
- Proposals due May 25, 2018.
Immigration touches every Sonoma County resident. As children, parents, spouses, friends, classmates, employers, co-workers, community members or immigrants ourselves, immigration policy has a real and direct impact on our lives. Unprecedented aggressive deportation actions around the country are part of new federal immigration policy and have sent shock waves of fear through our local immigrant community. Impacts include reduced crime reporting, including child abuse and domestic violence, attendance drops in elementary schools, reductions in applications for critical child health and social services, and increased labor violations and housing discrimination. The new federal policies risk fracturing our community and have made the lives of the most vulnerable more uncertain and precarious. The health and economic well-being of our entire community has already suffered.
Immediate community collaboration is needed to increase local resources to provide legal services to immigrant families. If we wait until deportation raids occur in the County, it will be too late. Sonoma County non-profits are under-resourced and ill-equipped to address the increased legal needs of the community.
A county in which all families and residents, regardless of immigration status, feel safe, secure and supported by their communities through increased access to immigrant rights education and direct immigration legal services.
To raise $2 million over three years to sponsor a local non-profit partnership to add attorneys, paralegals, and other support staff to strengthen a critical safety net to keep families safe, informed and united, including:
- Educating immigrants, service providers, and employers on immigrant legal rights;
- Expanding legal representation and rapid community response following raids and arrests;
- Helping families and individuals secure counsel for family preparedness prior to detention or deportation;
- Combating housing and other discrimination against immigrant families;
- Coordinating pro bono efforts of local volunteer attorneys and community members; and
- Educating employers regarding immigration issues.
Community Foundation Sonoma County will serve as the fund administrator and will issue a request for proposals for a multi-year county-wide program. A competitively selected non-profit(s) then will be funded to implement a sustainable model integrated program to provide a range of critical services.
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