The San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN) is a unique and groundbreaking collaboration of thirteen organizations, including some of the region’s pioneering immigrant service providers and some of the city’s leading legal advocacy organizations – each with decades of experience providing free and low cost immigration legal services and community education to low income immigrants in San Francisco. We represent immigrants from African, Arab, Asian, and Latino communities. As you know, immigrants make up almost 40% of San Francisco’s population, yet many are faced with the challenges of isolation and limited access to services. Since the Network’s inception in December 2006, we have worked to reduce these challenges by providing thousands of low-income San Francisco residents with free immigration legal assistance, as well as community education.
Every year, SFILEN holds Immigrant Family Day, a day of civic engagement where we gather clients, members, and families from each district who have received our services at City Hall to ask the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor’s office to continue supporting San Francisco’s immigrant families. Each Immigrant Family Day has been an enriching experience not only for the families we represent, who feel valued as residents of San Francisco, but also for city leaders who hear their stories.
We are preparing for this year’s Immigrant Family Day on the morning of Thursday, April 28th, 2016. We would like to share with you our successes and also the challenges we face as immigrants in San Francisco at a community gathering held at 10:30am to 12pm. You will have an opportunity to learn more about the program, meet our members, and hear directly from clients we have assisted, as well as ways to support or immigrant communities in the City.
Layout of Event:
10:00am – Press Conference at City Hall Steps & Community Building Activity