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Organizations that Provide Support
CARECEN empowers Central Americans and all immigrants by defending human and civil rights, working for social and economic justice and promoting cultural diversity. CARECEN is committed to providing high-quality, affordable immigration legal services.

2845 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90005 
Monday and Wednesday, 8:30am – 4:30pm, walk-in
(213) 385-7800
CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights) 
CHIRLA is recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to provide immigration legal services at low-cost to its members.
2533 West 3rd Street, Suite 101, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting at 8am
(213) 353-1333
Recent DACA News
Alliance is committed to standing with Dreamers and DACA recipients and we are inspired by our Alliance alumnae, Denea Joseph from  and Itayu Torres, who were invited by Senator Kamala Harris and Congressman Jimmy Gomez to attend the State of the Union as advocates for Dreamers and DACA recipients. This is democracy in action, as our alumni take the skills they learned and emerge as leaders who will blaze a new path for change. 
  • DACA Remains In Place: March 5, 2018 Deadline No Longer in Effect 
  • VIDEO: Federal judge in San Francisco temporarily blocks Trump's decision to end DACA program

Advocating for Our Scholars and Families

Alliance Ambassadors
Alliance Ambassadors learn how parents’ voices can make a difference on issues that impact our schools. See our group in action at their most recent City Hall and LAUSD board visits. 

Charter School Renewal and Reauthorization

In November 2017, over 500 parents, scholars, and staff stood up to the educational bureaucracy and successfully defended scholars’ right to receive an excellent public education. Together, our voices were heard!



Charter Schools are governed under the 1993 Charter School Act and must seek reauthorization every five years. In 2017, Senator Tony Mendoza introduced Senate Bill 808, better known as the “Charter School Kill Bill,” a bill supported by both UTLA and the California Teachers Association. This bill would have removed a charter school’s ability to appeal a charter petition denial and allowed charter schools to be closed for arbitrary reasons. While the bill died in January 2018, we must remain vigilant because efforts to make the renewal process more difficult will continue.


Legislative Updates 
AB 1478 (Jones-Sawyer) - AB 1478 was defeated on the Assembly Floor. This bill was sponsored
by the California Teachers Association (CTA) and would have added more red tape and increased the bureaucratic burden on public charter schools.

California Democratic Party (CDP) Teach-In - On Saturday, February 24, 2018, CCSA will be hosting a teach-in action at the CA Democratic Party Convention. The CCSA, on behalf of the over 630,000 charter public school students and their families, will educate the Democratic Party and its delegates on the many reasons why charter schools are great for our communities! You can access the flyer here.


Educational Justice and Equity

Dreamers represent the best of who we are as a nation. We know education doesn't start and stop at our school doors, and we want our scholars prepared with the knowledge, tools and smarts to succeed outside the walls of our safe learning communities.  During these challenging times, we have empowered our scholars, families and staff with resources like the Immigrant Rights Toolkit and our recent 'Together We Dream' Immigrant Rights Fair.


KTLA News covers the Alliance Together We Dream Immigrant Rights Fair on March 25th, 2017 


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