Civic and charitable organizations in which LAC participates
About American Immigration Council (www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org)
The mission of the American Immigration Council is to strengthen America by honoring our immigrant history and shaping how Americans think and act towards immigration now and in the future. The American Immigration Council exists to promote the prosperity and cultural richness of our diverse nation by 1) Educating citizens about the enduring contributions of America’s immigrants; 2) Standing up for sensible and humane immigration policies that reflect American values; 3) Insisting that our immigration laws be enacted and implemented in a way that honors fundamental constitutional and human rights; and 4) Working tirelessly to achieve justice and fairness for immigrants under the law. The American Immigration Council believes that the dignity of the individual knows no boundary. Our nation’s moral and ethical values must be reflected in the way we welcome immigrants.
About AILA (www.aila.org)
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the national association of over 11,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. AILA Member attorneys represent U.S. families seeking permanent residence for close family members, as well as U.S. businesses seeking talent from the global marketplace. AILA Members also represent foreign students, entertainers, athletes, and asylum seekers, often on a pro bono basis. Founded in 1946, AILA is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that provides continuing legal education, information, professional services, and expertise through its 36 chapters and over 50 national committees.
About Casa Cornelia
Casa Cornelia Law Center is a public interest law firm providing quality pro bono legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations. The Center has a primary commitment to the indigent within the immigrant community in Southern California. Casa Cornelia strives to educate others regarding the impact of immigration law and policy on society and the public good.
About Feeding San Diego (https://feedingsandiego.org/)
Founded in 2007, Feeding San Diego is the leading hunger-relief organization in the county, distributing healthy food with dignity to San Diego residents struggling with hunger. The non-profit organization, funded by philanthropic and community support, is devoted to feeding the hungry, advocacy and education. FSD is committed to solving hunger in our communities and informing the public on the issues of food insecurity, nutrition and poverty. We fight hunger locally by working hand-in-hand with partner agencies, local school districts, corporate partners and a network of volunteers to serve 63,000 children, families and seniors in need each week.
About the IJP (http://www.abanet.org/publicserv/immigration/ijp/home.html)
American Bar Association, Immigration Justice Project. In 2008, the American Bar Association launched an innovative pilot program in San Diego. The Immigration Justice Project (IJP) was developed as a response to the skyrocketing number of immigration appeals to the federal courts. With no right to government-funded counsel and a high indigence rate, many appear in immigration proceedings pro se. Yet the immigrants face as dire and dramatic a consequence as litigants who do have a constitutional right to attorneys, including being denied asylum after facing persecution abroad or being permanently separated from family in the U.S. The IJP aims not only to increase access to counsel for immigrants, but also to benefit the judicial systems as a whole; legal representation results in higher appearance rates, and more fair, efficient, accurate and consistent decision-making.
About Italian American Bar Association of San Diego
The Italian American Bar Association, a Los Angeles-area bar association, was founded in 1977. It is known for its outstanding speakers, authentic Italian meals, and an energy that is unique to its bar association.
About Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana (www.japan-society.org)
The mission of the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana (JSSDT) is to promote goodwill and advance business, civic, educational, and cultural interchange and understanding between the people of Japan, San Diego, and Tijuana. Founded in 1996, the JSSDT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization of individuals and corporations with a focus on tri-national relations between Japan, the United States, and Mexico. The JSSDT is one of approximately forty affiliates of the National Association of Japan-America Societies headquartered in Washington, DC.
About Lawyers Club of San Diego (www.lawyersclubsandiego.com)
Lawyers Club of San Diego seeks to advance the status of women in the law and society. It is a voluntary specialty bar association – attorneys, judges, law students and others in the San Diego community, men and women, who share our interests and goals. The objectives and purposes of the organization are to consider and address, by all lawful means, common problems of women in the community with the overall objective of eliminating discrimination based on sex.
About the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (https://www.naacpldf.org/about-us/)
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s focus is to end police violence, protect our right to protest, safeguard our right to vote, ensure equal access to education and employment, and fight systemic inequalities that continue to plague so many Americans.
About NAWBO (www.nawbo.org)
The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide by:
- Strengthening the wealth creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community
- Creating innovative and effective change in the business culture
- Building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations
- Transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers
About San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce (https://sdchamber.org/)
The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit membership organization that helps provide a voice for San Diego businesses through advocacy, member-to-member connections and professional development. The Chamber leverages the political clout of the business community to enact business-friendly policies that support the region’s economic growth and creation of jobs. The Chamber is the largest on the West Coast, with 2,500 member businesses representing 300,000 employees.