Borealis Philanthropy

Immigration Litigation Fund

Posted on July 16, 2018

Borealis Philanthropy Invites Proposals for Immigration Litigation Fund

Borealis Philanthropy has issued a Request for Proposals for its recently relaunched Immigration Litigation Fund.

Established in 2015, ILF is a national funder collaborative whose goal is to ensure that the nation’s immigration enforcement system is fair, humane, and prioritizes the civil and human rights of those vulnerable to deportation. Since its launch, ILF has provided over $3 million in funding to more than sixty grantees. Grant recipients supported by the fund have sued on behalf of immigrants forced to work for little or no pay in immigration detention facilities, brought litigation on behalf of young immigrants facing deportation as a result of the cancellation of the DACA program, and worked on many other immigration enforcement-related issues.

In 2018, ILF will continue to support litigation efforts that challenge immigration enforcement policies and practices that are inhumane, unjust, and unlawful. In addition to support for impact litigation, ILF will also support convenings, advocacy, organizing, and communications related to impact litigation efforts.

ILF prioritizes funding to effective organizations, projects, and impact litigation efforts that demonstrate a capacity to partner with local and state-based, grassroots groups; show potential for systematic change or contribute to shifting public narratives and discourse on immigration enforcement; work in regions with limited legal capacity; and address issues facing underrepresented communities, particularly immigrants of color; Asian Pacific Islander immigrants; Middle Eastern, Arab, and South Asian (MASA) immigrants; lesbian, gay, bi, and transgender (LGBT) immigrants; immigrants with disabilities; immigrant women; and immigrants who have had contact with the criminal justice system.

In 2018, priority will be given to impact litigation that focuses on immigrants targeted by enforcement efforts, including but not limited to those who have entered or re-entered without documentation; overstayed visas or failed to adjust their status; have had prior criminal convictions; have used a false Social Security number to secure work; are seeking humanitarian protection (asylum, protection from torture, TPS, or as refugees); and/or are from countries or regions deemed to be threats to the United States.

The fund will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until December 1, 2018.

See the Borealis Philanthropy website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and an FAQ.

Deadline: December 1, 2018

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