Southern California Immigration Project is a public interest nonprofit organization dedicated to providing pro bono and low bono legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations and education the public about Female Genital Mutilation, a global health issue which can have devastating physical, psychological, and social consequences for women and girls.
Tens of thousands of detained immigrants in the U.S. face deportation back to a country with unstable governments either unwilling or unable to protect its citizens. If returned, they face the immediate danger of physical harm, if not direct threats to their lives. Because undocumented immigrants do not have the right to an appointed immigration attorney, the majority of them concede to deportation because they cannot afford representation. SCIP's mission is to give those seeking safety and stability in the U.S. a chance at a new and productive life.
SCIP is currently representing asylum seekers from Somalia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Egypt, Palestine, and Mexico in immigration court and with the board of immigration appeals
Most of these clients are detained at the Imperial regional Detention Facility while their case is being processed through the court system.
With your help, SCIP can continue to represent asylum seekers who are unable to afford legal representation. SCIP is also dedicated to conducting community outreach and partnering with psychological health care providers to support survivors of FGM.