Extraordinary issues including unaccompanied children fleeing the terrors of their countries, the recent Executive Action benefiting many, San Francisco gentrification and Ellis Act evictions, have caused a great increase in the number of families and individuals seeking our support. It is only because of truly phenomenal funder partnerships unique to the San Francisco Bay Area that we are able to increase our capacity to provide additional legal services to the most vulnerable who would not otherwise have access to legal representation. We will soon increase our capacity by 20% .
Recently, Mayor Edwin Lee committed City support to ensure resources to those who will receive legal status under the President Obama’s recent Executive Action. In October 2014 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the incredible resolution, introduced by Supervisor David Campos, providing for legal representation to the thousands of children and those with their family fleeing violence and poverty from their countries. In September 2014, the City of San Francisco ensured legal representation funding to the many being displaced by evictions, including those under the Ellis Act.
The City of San Francisco’s extraordinary support will soon allow us to increase our staffing by 22%. Further, our programs and infrastructure continue to strengthen thanks to our partnerships with the San Francisco Foundation, van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation, Atkinson Foundation, California Bar Foundation, Morrison & Foerster Foundation, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation, CRISP Collaborative(Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Grove Foundation), State Bar of California (IOLTA and EAF funding), Mission Promise Neighborhood partnership (U.S. Department of Education funding to ensure family stability) and our many generous donors. Moreover, our most ardent supporters have pledged to our Francis E. Fernandez Fund to further increase our immigration law capacity.
We are grateful to our very involved Board of Directors. Thanks to our Board’s expertise, we are steadily improving our fundraising work and finance systems. In addition, we are now implementing our new three year strategic plan. Further, our Board engagement made it possible for us to negotiate recently a new collective bargaining agreement with our staff union. This amazing Board involvement has been led by our very strong Executive Committee. See our Board President’s and Vice-President’s statement.
Our dedicated staff members, comprised of attorneys and legal assistants from the countries of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Chile, Argentina and Mexico, are of similar backgrounds to our clients, the low-income and immigrant community. After 41 years of providing high quality legal services, our reputation instills trust in those who seek our services. During our recent staff retreat we formulated our Immigration Law Reform Platform reflecting our values.
Once again, we thank our funders who make our Immigration Law, Workers’ Rights, Senior Law and Housing Law work possible. If possible for you, please take this time to make your end of year donation. We are just $8,000 away from our year end goal of $40,000. Please contact me or our Development Director Alexander Peña at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 553-3419 if you have any questions.
La Raza Centro Legal
474 Valencia St., Suite 295
San Francisco, CA 94103