UCLA Labor Center

Dream Resource Center

Immigrant Justice Fellowship

The Immigrant Justice Fellowship (IJF) is a project of the UCLA Labor Center’s Dream Resource Center (DRC). IJF 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 strengthens community-led and trauma-informed rapid response networks by creating a partnership between immigrant youth leaders, on-the-ground organizations, and the Dream Resource Center.

Five immigrant youth, rooted in directly impacted communities, are selected to participate in this full-time fellowship that occurs from April 2020 to March 2021. Each fellow is provided a monthly fellowship award of $4,000. Throughout the fellowship, fellows:

  • 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).

Fellows are placed with five amazing partner organizations in California to strengthen rapid response/immigrant defense networks and empower underserved groups in the immigrant community. For the 2020 Immigrant Justice Fellowship, each fellow will be placed at one of the following partner organizations:

  • Orange County Fellow at Resilience Orange County (ROC)
  • Inland Empire Fellow at Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ICIJ)
  • Inland Empire Fellow at Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
  • Fresno Fellow at Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaboration (CVIIC)
  • San Diego Fellow, at Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA)

Review the 2018-19 Immigrant Justice Fellowship Overview.

Fellow Application Process

The deadline for fellows to apply is February 7, 2020 at 6 PM PST. Potential fellow applicants, please review the following links:

Applicants must submit an application to the respective region/organization they are interested in applying for. For example, if you are interested in becoming an Orange County Fellow at Resilience Orange County, please submit an Orange County Fellow Application.

For questions, please contact George Chacon, the IJF project manager, at gchacon@ucla.edu.

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.