CHIRLA, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, is an immigrant-centered and immigrant-powered organization working to achieve a just society fully inclusive of immigrants. We drive progressive social change by:
- Providing direct immigration legal services at low cost to the most vulnerable among us
- Organizing immigrants to take active part in the social change we all want to see
- Advocating in the halls of power for laws and government policies that benefit and include immigrants in the national conversation about the kind of nation we want to be.
For more than 30 years, CHIRLA has been working to expand immigrant rights and defend our community against attacks from those who seek to scapegoat and blame us for systemic problems. In California and the nation, we drive the quest for fair, comprehensive immigration reform that acknowledges the contributions of our people and recognizes that this country is multi-ethic, vari-colored and enriched by the diverse heritages of generations of immigrants.
CHIRLA was born as a community response to passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, among the first recent laws to specifically target immigrants. The love and vision of our people guides our work and our advocacy, and we will continue to defend them against every aggression.