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New Grants Support Ongoing Fight for Justice in Immigrant Communities

We are pleased to announce $390,000 in new support from our Immigrant Rights Fund for 13 immigrant-led organizations that are advocating for systemic change and providing critical services to immigrants across Brooklyn. 

As the economic, social, and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic take a vastly disproportionate toll on communities of color, here in Brooklyn—where nearly 40% of residents are immigrants—our grantee partners continue to be essential lifelines to residents facing unjust immigration policies, economic disenfranchisement, discriminatory policing, deportations, and more. Each organization is receiving $30,000 in general operating support.

"On behalf of our 2,300 members and more than 20,000 street vendors in our City, I want to thank you our family in the Brooklyn Community Foundation for the continuous and generous support to our work. Our partnership is one of the main reasons our organization is capable of accomplishing all the victories we have achieved in the past years and will definitely play an essential role on achieving our goals and fighting for our mission." - Mohamed Attia, Street Vendor Project

Since the launch of our Immigrant Rights Fund in November 2016, donors have enabled us to grant $1,724,800 in response to immediate and ongoing injustices confronting Brooklyn's immigrant communities. 

Legal Rights, Policing, and Deportation 

  • Black Alliance for Just Immigration - To support community organizing, legal clinics, and language access for Black immigrants.
     
  • Equality for Flatbush - To support anti-displacement campaigns, tenants rights and discriminatory policing in immigrant communities and communities of color. 
     
  • Documented - To provide a dedicated source of constant and accurate reporting via various platforms on the immigration systems' impact on local communities.
     
  • Families for Freedom - To support organizing and advocacy fighting deportations and unjust immigration policies.
     
  • Freedom to Thrive - To support a network of national and local immigrant rights groups organizing to end punishment-based criminal and immigration systems.
     
  • New Sanctuary Coalition - To provide pro se immigration clinic, volunteer accompaniment for ICE check-ins, anti-detention work, and community organizing and advocacy.
     
  • Queer Detainee Empowerment Project - To provide legal support, social services, and advocacy organizing for LGBTQIA+ persons recently release from immigration detention.
     
  • Surveillance Technology Oversight Project - To end excessive local and state-level surveillance of Muslim Americans, immigrants, and communities of color.
     

Economic Justice and Supportive Services
 

  • Bangladeshi American Community Development & Youth Services - To provide comprehensive social and economic support to Bangladeshi immigrants in City Line. 
     
  • Chinese-American Planning Council - To support programs and campaigns that promote social and economic empowerment of Asian American and immigrant communities of color.
     
  • Mixteca Organization - To provide wraparound services for indigenous Mexican and Central American immigrants in Southwest Brooklyn.
     
  • Sakhi for South Asian Women - To provide holistic support services for women survivors of domestic violence.
     
  • Street Vendor Project - For organizing among street vendors to promote legal rights, fight for policy change, and business development assistance. 

Sabrina Hargrave

Program Officer (She/Her/Hers)
As the economic, social, and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic take a vastly disproportionate toll on communities of color, here in Brooklyn—where nearly 40% of residents are immigrants—our grantee partners are lifelines to residents.