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New Grants Bring Support for Immigrant Rights to Nearly $1.3M since 2016

As we near the three year anniversary of our Immigrant Rights Fund, we are pleased to announce our largest disbursement of quarterly grants from the fund to date: $255,000 to 18 immigrant-serving, immigrant-led organizations across Brooklyn.

Thanks to the generosity of donors to the Fund, we have now deployed a total of $1,284,800 since November 2016.

The newest infusion of support for frontline nonprofits is a direct response to the growing intensity of the threats facing Brooklyn’s immigrant communities, including increased detainments and deportations.

Our grants aim to address every level of the crisis, from urgent legal representation and critical social services, to community organizing and base-building, to advocacy for systems-level changes that envision new policies and redefine safety in our communities.

In August we announced two Immediate Reponses grants directly tied to widespread ICE raids. This month, we are issuing Sustained Response grants to 14 organizations providing ongoing legal consultation, Know Your Rights training, mental health services, as well as a focus on coalition building, advocacy, and community organizing.

Taking on ICE and the Surveillance State

  • Brooklyn Community Bail Fund: $15,000 to support the New York Immigrant Freedom Fund to dismantle immigration detention systems and to influence larger policy conversations around immigration.
     
  • *Equality for Flatbush: $15,000 to support multilingual organizing and advocacy work around anti-gentrification, police accountability, and ICE FREE NYC.
     
  • *Faith in New York: $10,000 to support Prophetic Leadership School that will train local leaders for grassroots campaigns to change policies around mass deportation.
     
  • *Freedom to Thrive: $15,000 to support the leadership development and organizing work with frontline worker leaders.
     
  • Surveillance Technology Oversight Project: $15,000 to support litigation and advocacy for privacy and to fight excessive local and state-level surveillance that impact immigrant and communities of color.

Vital Services, Legal Aid, Community Outreach and More

  • *Chinese American Planning Council: $20,000 to support civic engagement, Census 2020 outreach, policy/advocacy, and community mobilization efforts in predominantly Chinese immigrant neighborhoods in Brooklyn
     
  • Mixteca: $20,000 to support Know Your Rights information and resources, emergency planning, emotional crisis intervention and support, and legal services through their Promotora program.
     
  • Qualitas for Life Foundation: $15,000 to support the financial Know Your Rights workshop “Me Preparo” for Latinx immigrant communities in Brooklyn facing increasing risks of deportation. 
     
  • *Queer Detainee Empowerment Project: $20,000 to support legal services, organizing, and advocacy efforts for LGBTQ individuals at risk of, in, or coming out of immigration detention.
     
  • *RIF Asylum Support: $15,000 to support asylum seekers through monthly support groups to address job readiness, legal orientation, health care and education.
     
  • Street Vendor Project: $15,000 to outreach and organize the unlicensed street vendor community in Sunset Park, a majority of whom are undocumented immigrant women who are vulnerable to police harassment.
     
  • TakeRoot Justice: $15,000 to support Know Your Rights training, rapid response education, and legal services to grassroots member-led community-based organizations in Brooklyn.
     
  • Volunteers of Legal Service: $10,000 to coordinate and provide free legal services to undocumented youth or youth with special immigrant juvenile status.
     
  • Yemeni American Merchants’ Association: $10,000 to provide legal services to Yemeni immigrants to help reunite families separated by the Muslim travel ban.

*Renewal Grants

 

 

Amy Chou

Program Officer
Our grants aim to address every level of the crisis, from urgent legal representation and critical social services, to community organizing and base-building, to advocacy for systems-level changes that envision new policies and redefine safety in our communities.