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One California: Immigrant Services Funding


In 2014, a coalition of diverse set of stakeholders partnered to advocate for One California, a state funded program to support free and qualified education, outreach and application assistance for immigrants eligible for naturalization or affirmative immigration relief. Since then, the program has expanded to include legal representation for immigrants in deportation proceedings, legal service for deported veterans, and capacity building for immigration services in underserved regions. The One California program continues to provide immigration assistance and services for citizenship as well as remedies from deportation.

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One California: Immigration Services Funding

As harsh federal immigration policies test the well-being of immigrant communities across our state, and fraudulent notarios target vulnerable immigrants, One California bolsters the following services:

  • Community Education & Outreach to ensure non-citizen Californians understand their rights and immigration remedies.
  • Naturalization Services to protect green card holders from deportation by applying for citizenship
  • Affirmative Legal Services to support DACA recipients and undocumented Californians apply for affirmative immigration remedies. Ongoing efforts include building capacity in rural communities.
  • Defensive Legal Representation and Services for immigrants in deportation proceedings, deported veterans, and immigrants in need of post-conviction relief services.
  • Legal Training, Legal Resources & Technical Assistance to support competent legal representation of noncitizen clients by public defenders and to build the expertise and capacity of qualified immigration services across California.

The CA Department of Social Services (DSS) oversees this Immigration Services funding and administers the One California program. For a list of One California grantees, visit: 2017 – 18 Immigration Services Contractors.

The One California Coalition includes:

  • California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC)
  • California API Budget Partnership
  • California Catholic Conference / Catholic Charities of California
  • California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF)
  • Centro Legal de La Raza
  • Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)
  • Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
  • Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF)
  • Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN)
  • Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

Past Work

2015-2016 State Budget – CIPC led coalition efforts to establish the “One California” Immigration Services Funding through a $15 million investment administered by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS).

2016-2017 State Budget – CIPC led coalition efforts to achieve an increased $30 million investment in “One California” CDSS immigration Services Funding.

2017-2018 State Budget – CIPC lead coalition efforts with the One California Coalition and the California Coalition for Universal Representation to augment the “One California” CDSS Immigration Services Funding and expanded funded services to include legal representation for immigrants in deportation proceedings, legal services for deported veterans, and legal training to support competent legal representation of noncitizen Californians. $45 million was allocated on an ongoing basis through 2019-2020 FY.

Note: In September 2017, Governor Brown and the CA Legislature announced an infusion of $20 million to the “One California” program to support legal assistance to Californians with DACA status.


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For more information, please contact:

Gina Da Silva
Government Affairs Manager
Carlos Amador
Organizing Director