Immigrant Rights and Education

CSA has been a member of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium since the founding of the organization in 2007. Executive Director, Estela De Los Rio served as the chair of the Consortium for 2 years and is currently a member of their advisory board. The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium is comprised of almost 30 community, faith, labor, and legal organizations in San Diego. They have come together to support immigration reform, stop the spread of local policies and practices that target and violate the civil and human rights of immigrants, educate immigrants about their rights and other resources available to them, educate the public about the important contributions of immigrants, and counter the myths and misstatements made about immigrants. Visit for more information.

CSA has been involved in a collaborative effort with The California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC). CIPC is a statewide partnership composed of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and Services Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN) of San Jose. CIPC 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. Visit for more information.

In Southern California immigrants from Central and South America are making dangerous desert and mountain crossings to reunite with family and to find work to support their families. Immigrant families are caught between the desires for a better life for themselves and their children. As a result, over 30,000 have died in the past decade attempting to cross.

We work to educate immigrants about their rights as residents and about thepaths to citizenship

We have supported local groups such as Water Station that provide water and shelter to immigrants in danger of dying in the deserts and mountains on our border.

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