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“This grant helped ACUDIR expand its geographical scope and reach immigrant communities in Livermore, South Hayward and Concord. Through the Capacity Building Project grant, we are a stronger coalition and are getting practical support in areas crucial to the continued growth and functioning of the coalition.”

- ACUDIR Coalition

Meet our grantees:

  • Full Rights Equality and Empowerment (FREE SF) - San Francisco
  • Alameda County United in Defense of Immigrant Rights (ACUDIR) - East Bay
  • Central Coast Immigrant Rights Coalition (CCIRC) - Central Coast Region
  • Justice for Immigrants Coalition of Inland Empire (JFIC) - Inland Empire & Coachella
  • San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC) - Greater San Diego
  • Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC) - Central Valley/Fresno
  • Immigration Action Group (IAG) - Santa Cruz and Watsonville
  • Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition (LBIRC) - Long Beach/South Bay
  • Resilience OC - Orange County

What is the Capacity Building Project

The California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) began the Capacity Building Project in July 2013. Made possible by the leadership and commitment of CIPC and by a consortium of funders committed to a vision of a more equitable California, the Capacity Building Project aims to build capacity of regional coalitions with a grassroots-led, needs-responsive, and advocacy-oriented approach. We convene our grantees for strategic planning, provide trainings (on budget and policy analysis, public narrative and media/ message management, power analysis, etc.) and tailored consultations and technical assistance support that address the needs of individual grantees. This project builds the capacity of regional coalitions so that they can be better prepared to serve as an immediate, key resource in their community and bring the power and experience of people on the ground to social justice work at the state and regional levels.

Grantees selection

We selected the grantees to represent diverse communities throughout California, covering northern, central and southern parts of the State. CIPC identified existing anchor organizations and coalitions in the different regions and piloted the project in 2013. Based on the success of the First Year, the regional coalitions became a cohort that has since been working towards the goals of: addressing the urgent work of connecting immigrant rights issues with other issues confronting many communities of color; bridging the geographical and economic divide between rural and urban areas; and harnessing their power to represent their communities in state and federal advocacy

Although the regional coalitions are in different locations in California, they face similar barriers to success such as-developing local campaigns, operating with limited and mainly volunteer driven resources, changing the public debate on immigrant issues in their region and connecting to larger policy efforts at the state and federal levels. The Capacity Building Project is an investment in regional and local coalitions to ensure that local realities and issues are represented and have impact on decisions and negotiations being made at the state level. Grantees have committed to fostering a grassroots agenda for a just and fair California that works for everyone.


Grantees Highlights

FREE SF was the leading organization in the successful campaign for a city ordinance which provided legal representation for all. Free SF was also heavily involved in the NO-ICE holds campaign aimed towards the San Francisco’s sheriff department.

Alameda County United in Defense of Immigrant Rights (ACUDIR) successfully ended ICE/Local Law Enforcement information sharing and collaboration. ACUDIR also played a role in coordinating actions and media campaigns on workers affected by I-9 audits. The coalition successfully placed an end to the I-9 audits. Lastly, ACUDIR has secured funding for a rapid response network in Alameda County.

Central Coast Immigrant Rights Coalition (CCIRC) pushed advocacy efforts to include indigenous language interpreters at the Oxnard DMV. The coalition also played a role in the passage of safe zones in five different school districts.

During the project, Justice for Immigrants Coalition of Inland Empire (JFIC) joined Building Healthy Communities, Coachella Valley. The coalition is currently establishing infrastructure to develop a rapid response program and has experienced elevated attention and engagement in a locality that has historically been challenging to mobilize.

During the second year of the project, San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC) acquired an organizer from Alliance San Diego dedicated to coordinating and communicating within the consortium. This assisted with the ability to engage in local campaigns and increase member participation.

Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC) is the lead organizer for the San Joaquin Valley as part of the Ready California network. CVIIC is about to launch an immigration regional task force in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate and other organizations. CVIIC has serviced the central valley by facilitating DACA application clinics and Know Your Rights presentations.

Immigration Action Group (IAG) has invested in professional and youth development surrounding dissemination of information pertaining to driver licenses available for undocumented community members. IAG also engaged in quarterly meetings with sheriffs to ensure implementation of limited ICE holds usage in local jails.

From the start of the Capacity Building Project to present, the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition (LBIRC) annual budget increased by 63%. LBIRC has the highest budget since its inception and is seeking a new fiscal sponsor because their budget is now too large for their current sponsor. LBIRC has become a great resource for the Long Beach immigrant community, this past year the coalition led the first May Day march in Long Beach history.

Through the project, Resilience OC merged with Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities Restorative Justice group, Santa Ana boys and men of color. The collaboration has expanded geographical scope to cover regions of North, Central and South Orange County. Resilience OC’s efforts assisted with the passage of a safe zone resolution in the local school district. The coalition was also involved in the successful ICE contract termination with the local Santa Ana Jail.


For more information, please contact:

Jyotswaroop Kaur Bawa
Deputy Director