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KQED features Dolores Street Community Services Immigration Attorneys

Aug 11, 2017 By Daisy Ocampo
In a recent press release titled “Jailing Immigrants Means Money and Jobs for Poor Areas. Is This Deal Humane?” KQED features Dolores Street Community Services immigration attorneys Kelly Wells and Frances Kreimer, who are part of the Deportation Defense and Legal Advocacy Program. AUGUST 2, 2017 “Yuba County is among about 200 U.S. cities and counties that hold ICE detainees in local jails and private prisons under multimillion-dollar contracts with the federal government. Nationally, an average of 37,706 people a day are locked up, facing deportation. That’s

GOP officials in 10 states push Trump administration to end DACA program

Aug 8, 2017 By Daisy Ocampo
June 30, 2017 “Top Republican officials in 10 states are threatening to take legal action against the Trump administration if it does not end an Obama-era program that has granted deportation reprieves to nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in this country as children. In a letter sent to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the group of attorneys general — plus Idaho Gov. C.L. ‘Butch’ Otter — gave the administration until Sept. 5 to begin phasing out the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known

See ICE in the City? Call This Number, Say Immigrant Rights Groups

Jun 28, 2017 By Daisy Ocampo
March 5, 2017 7:00 am “The line is being run by the San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network, known as SFILEN, which consists of 13 supporting organizations. These include CARECEN, PODER, La Raza Centro Legal, La Raza Centro de Recursos, Causa Justa::Just Cause and Dolores Street Community Services. They comprise the Rapid Response Network, a group of advocates ready to assist in immigration emergencies. The hotline is meant for encounters with ICE only, not for general advice about immigration proceedings. It is limited to San Francisco County, cautioned Marisela

Hotline Lets SF Residents Report Immigration Raids

Jun 28, 2017 By Daisy Ocampo
Mon. March 6, 2017, 12:00pm “Operated by the San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN), the hotline can be reached by calling (415) 200-1548 in English, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin or Cantonese. When calls about suspected ICE actions come in, the organization sends members of its Rapid Response Network to the scene to canvass the area, inform community members of their legal rights, and provide legal support to intervene in deportation proceedings if necessary.” Article written by Teresa Hammerl @ Hoodline.com. To read the complete article, click here.

“Indefensible” — Stories of resilience in the face of deportation

Jun 28, 2017 By Daisy Ocampo
May 25 “Sometimes, officers tell you, ‘Hey, you ain’t shit! This is you, this is your life, you’re nothing but a criminal.’ Hearing that once or twice is nothing, but hearing that day in and day out for months at a time, you start to say, ‘Damn, you know what, maybe I ain’t. Maybe I’m not good enough. Maybe I am what they say that I am.’” Article written by Mizue Aizeki @ Medium.com. To read the complete article, click here.  

In Alameda County, a New Coalition Aims to Counter Deportations

Jun 28, 2017 By Daisy Ocampo
MARCH 30, 2017 “In response to the heightened anxiety among undocumented East Bay residents, Alameda County and Oakland are funding a new 24/7 hotline where immigrants can report suspected enforcement activity by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. The hotline was launched this month and is operated by a coalition, known as the Alameda County Immigration Legal & Education Partnership (ACILEP).”   Article written by Bert Johnson @ KQED.org. To read the full article, click here.

Amid Trump’s win, San Francisco rights groups fight to keep Arab heritage alive

Jun 28, 2017 By Daisy Ocampo
Tuesday 13 December 2016 20:37 UTC “According to the organisation, 2016 has seen a stark increase in the number of Islamophobic-related incidents in the city, known worldwide for its tolerance and support of minorities. Although there is no specific data on physical or verbal attacks, AROC says it has received many complaints regarding anti-Muslim aggression compared to 2015. ‘We have been working on hate crime-related issues since the days of Bush’s special registration for Muslims, so we have a pretty wide legal base and database about Islamophobia and xenophobic-related

San Francisco: Nativist storm brings disparate communities closer together

Apr 12, 2017 By Marisela Esparza
Lara Kiswani, The Executive Director of Arab Resource and Organizing Center, one of the four nonprofits manning the hotline, said it was important to build trust within the community as the hotline develops. “We are trying to make sure that everyone who is targeted by the Trump administration and any potential ICE raids has access to the support and legal defense that they need,” Kiswani said.