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The overall goal of the program is to assist youth in our community to achieve stable and prosperous livelihoods for generations to come through social, legal, and career assistance to transition into a stable and well-adapted life within the U.S. Through these services, our youth find new vocational abilities, self-esteem, leadership, and interpersonal skills.
Our program offers a unique opportunity for organizations to connect with and empower immigrant youth. By partnering with us, your organization can not only make a tangible difference for our members to achieve their full potential, but also benefit from increased visibility, positive community relations, and the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a real difference. Join us in creating a brighter future for immigrant youth by becoming a partner with CHAYNGE today.
Community-Based Organizations Support CHAYNGE.
We support CHAYNGE’s efforts to secure the release of detained minors and provide social mobility services for immigrant youth. The target population is highly vulnerable and possesses few rights. CHAYNGE is a place where formerly homeless and incarcerated undocumented minors can find safe haven and refuge, and finally be treated as human beings, rather than being made invisible, or locked up as if a threat to society or national security. CHAYNGE is Ellis Island for the youth it serves and we fully support its important role in our community.
These were extraordinarily dangerous times for unaccompanied immigrant minors often detained for weeks at a time in unsafe and unsanitary U.S. border patrol facilities, and for months in secure Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) facilities. In 2018, five migrant children died while in U.S. custody. Illness is widespread due to the unsanitary and overcrowded conditions. Youth are forced to sleep on concrete floors in over-crowded cells and cages. All detained minors are Flores class members entitled to treatment consistent with the terms of the Flores settlement which sets the national standards for the detention and release of detained migrant children. which sets the national standards for the detention and release of detained migrant children. The LA-based Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law represents the class of all detained minors and is constantly engaged in federal court in Los Angeles challenging the current administration’s violations of the terms of the Flores settlement.
Many detained unaccompanied minors have sponsors in L.A. County and surrounding areas, and want to come here if and when released from custody. However, when transported to an ICE adult detention facility reach eighteen years of age, they are shackled, transported to an ICE adult detention facility, and may be promptly deported to countries where their lives are at risk.
International Institute of Los Angeles
Chief Executive Officer
Jocelyn Duarte Executive Director
Clinica Monsenor Oscar Romero
Carlos Vaquerano Executive Director
This assault on highly vulnerable and traumatized children is being fought at many levels: in the courts, advocacy in Congress, and in protests outside detention centers. In Los Angeles, the CHAYNGE program is doing its part by securing the release of detained minors, blocking their deportation, and providing them social mobility programs and a range of wrap-around services.
CHAYNGE has never backed away from its commitment to serve unaccompanied minors living on the streets in Los Angeles County or detained by federal authorities. It focuses on securing the release of unaccompanied minors close to their 18th birthdays, at which time, if not released, they are transferred to an ICE adult detention center and then almost always deported.
Due to the recent increase in the need for a range of services, CHAYNGE has formed a partnership with Clinica Monseñor Oscar Romero and the Salvadoran American Leadership and Education Fund (SALEF) to provide a broad range of services for CHAYNGE participants.
As non-profits, grassroots organizations, academic leaders, and community members that work with the immigrant population throughout Los Angeles, we support the efforts taking place at CHAYNGE to increase capacity and assist current and future members. We support CHAYNGE's efforts to secure the release of detained minors and provide services for recently homeless and released youth.
Michelle M. Seyler, J.D. Executive Director
East LA College
Chicanx Studies Dept.
Cal State U. Northridge
Central American Studies Dept.
LA Unaccompanied Minors Collaborative.
CHAYNGE, the Salvadoran American Leadership and Education Fund (SALEF), Clinica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero (COR), and the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL) have created a collaboration to help assist unaccompanied immigrant minors to integrate into the life of the City and County of Los Angeles and surrounding areas and help connect these minors with community support networks. This collaborative group is called the Los Angeles Unaccompanied Minors Collaborative (LA-UMC).
LA-UMC seeks to strengthen and protect the rights of unaccompanied immigrant minors in federal detention hoping to come to Los Angeles, and provide for the social, educational, housing, medical, and family reunification needs of these minors.
CHAYNGE is a project of the the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Rights Inc. (CHRCL Inc.) and we have worked with many reputable organizations over the years, each partnership is highly valued. We appreciate the support from all individuals involved and we look forward to continuing to work together to make a positive difference in the lives of the young immigrants and at-risk populations we serve.
Contributors & Donors.
Individual & Family Donors
Harry Salzberg | Nancy Cox | Juanita Ulloa | Joan Turner | David Green | Odile Legeay | Jude Pardee | Laura Okazaki | Chris Mullen | Jennifer Lester | Elizabeth Lowenhaupt | Clay Slate | Sara McDaniel | Jose C. Reyther | Gregory Chandler | Philip & Sharen Lom
Corporate & Community Donors
Corporate & Community Donors
The Murray M. Salzberg Trust
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