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California Immigrant Policy Center
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The California Immigrant Policy Center is a non-partisan, non-profit statewide organization founded in 1996. The Policy Center seeks to inform public debate and policy decisions on issues affecting the state’s immigrants and their families in order to improve the quality of life for all Californians.

Our History

The Policy Center, formerly the California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative, was founded to respond to the 1996 passage of federal immigration and welfare laws that profoundly affected immigrants. Our statewide organization helps to develop and support pro-immigrant public policy that is aimed at improving the quality of life for all Californians. The California Immigrant Policy Center also provides technical assistance, training and education on immigrant issues.

Our website is a hub of reliable information, advocacy tools, education and research materials regarding California’s immigrants and their economic, social, and demographic impact on our state and nation. In addition, CIPC sponsors an annual legislative outreach day in Sacramento and two regional trainings in Northern and Southern California.

Our Mission

The California Immigrant Policy Center advances inclusive policies that build a prosperous future for all Californians using policy analysis, advocacy and capacity building to unlock the power of immigrants in California.

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