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Immigrant Justice Fellowship

The Immigrant Justice Fellowship (IJF) is a project of the UCLA Labor Center’s Dream Resource Center (DRC). It is a California rapid response fellowship that aims to: (1) center the voices and experiences of undocumented immigrant youth in the immigrant rights movement, (2) protect and defend undocumented communities from mass detention and deportation, and (3) create a welcoming, healthy, and just society for immigrants.

IJF is a full-time fellowship. The 2020 Immigrant Justice Fellowship will occur from April 2020 to March 2021. Five immigrant youth will be selected for the fellowship and placed at host organizations in the following regions: Northern California (Bay Area, Sacramento, Silicon Valley), Central Valley, the Inland Empire, Orange County, and San Diego. Fellows will be provided a monthly fellowship award of $4,000. By selecting immigrant youth rooted in directly impacted communities, IJF will strengthen community-led and trauma-informed rapid response networks. Fellows will:

  • Conduct educational activities to increase community knowledge on their constitutional rights, options, and resources when confronting detention and deportation.
  • Improve access to mental health services for immigrants.
  • Increase community oversight and accountability of detention centers and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Review the 2018-19 Immigrant Justice Fellowship Overview.

Host Organization Application Process

The DRC is excited to collaborate with organizations and coalitions across California to strengthen rapid response and immigrant defense networks through the Immigrant Justice Fellowship. Five organizations will be selected to work closely with the DRC to develop the leadership of the 2020 IJF fellows. For the 2020 Immigrant Justice Fellowship, we are asking organizations eager to host a fellow to contribute $10,000 to ensure the growth and longevity of our fellowship. Your gift will ensure the fellowship becomes a full-time (40 hours per week) position for 12 months.

If your organization is interested in becoming a host organization for the 2020 Immigrant Justice Fellowship, please review the documents below for eligibility requirements, deadlines, and FAQ’s.

The first step in the application process is to submit an Interest Form by October 30, 2019 at 6:00 PM PST. Please make sure you submit an Interest Form in order to be considered for the fellowship.

For questions, please contact George Chacon, the Immigrant Justice Fellowship Project Manager, at gchacon@ucla.edu or (213) 480-4155, Ext. 256.

Fellow Application Process

The 2020 Immigrant Justice Fellowship application is not open yet for fellows.

Individuals interested in participating, as a fellow, in the 2020 Immigrant Justice Fellowship can temporarily review the 2019 Fellow Application Guide & FAQ. The official date that the application will open is not set yet.