A new public-private partnership provides legal assistance to immigrants facing deportation proceedings without a lawyer. The $10 million L.A. Justice Fund pools resources from the City ($2 million) and L.A. County ($3 million) with $5 million from the California Community Foundation, the Weingart Foundation and the California Endowment.
Two-thirds of people appearing in immigration courts in Los Angeles County face a judge and federal prosecutor without legal representation. An estimated 3,700 immigrant detainees are currently in custody in the Southland, and thousands more are at risk of detention in the future.
Los Angeles has long affirmed its character as a welcoming and inclusive place, and today many neighborhoods are strongly shaped by their immigrant populations. The pLAn promotes safety and access to services for all Angelenos.
Last year, Mayor Garcetti convened immigration forums to address community concerns about deportation policy. He and Police Chief Charlie Beck announced that the L.A. Police Department will continue to uphold Special Order #40—meaning officers will not initiate investigations solely to determine a person’s immigration status. Mayor Garcetti has joined municipal leaders from around the country in calling for President Trump to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.