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The Immigration Justice Funding Circle focuses on defending human rights and empowering progressive social movements in the US/Mexico borderlands. We fight the building of the Trump administration’s obscene border wall – and the persecution, detention and deportation of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. In the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, we support indigenous land rights, women’s rights, cultural survival and sustainable development. We envision a future bi-national immigration paradigm built on international human rights conventions and the sane, safe and legal flow of people between countries.
Our Strategy and Focus
The Immigration Justice Funding Circle supports a range of organizations, large and small, that fight for the rights of migrating people and US/Mexico borderland communities. Our theory of change centers on the idea that this era of great injustice calls for organized resistance, transformative policy innovation and the building of community power across a multiplicity of coordinated approaches. We support:
- Iconic organizations mounting legal challenges to anti-immigrant policies, court cases that seek to prevent the building of the border wall, stop family detentions, and end the atrocities committed by Customs & Border Patrol, including ICE.
- Powerful grassroots community organizing groups located in the three border regions of San Diego/Tijuana (California), Las Cruces/Sunland Park (New Mexico) and El Paso/Juarez (Texas).
- National US coalitions of immigration justice organizations that build networked power across a large array of stake-holders and activists. Groups that specifically work to defend young people protected by DACA.
- Mexican human rights organization that serve the migrants living in the shelters and tent cities of Juarez and Tijuana, among the most dangerous cities on earth.
- Organizations in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca that defend a vision of Mexico in which people are not forced to migrate. Those that fight on behalf of communities that wish to pursue traditional ways of life, migrate when necessary, and maintain their rights and economic sustainability in both countries.
- In this era of COVID 19, migrating people are among the most vulnerable populations. IJ grantees work for the immediate release of those being held in detention centers – and for expanded medical attention to them in accordance with international human rights conventions.
2020 Grant Recipients
Grant Cycle Guidelines:
We prefer to fund smaller organizations (generally budgets under $1.5M) where a Threshold grant can have a significant impact on our grantee partners' work.
We prefer to work on issues which are critical but not as visible to the public due to a lack of media coverage and therefore don’t come to the attention of other funders.
We fund both 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(3) organizations that work within Mexico and in the United States.