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Mayor Bowser Awards $2.4 Million to Support Immigrant Rights

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the fifth year of funding for the Immigrant Justice Legal Service (IJLS) grants, awarding $2.4 million to 19 community-based programs that offer legal services for immigrants in Washington, DC.

“Our DC values are grounded in community and our commitment to supporting and protecting our residents from the threat of intimidation or even deportation,” said Mayor Bowser. “By working with our dedicated coalition of local organizations, we will continue to protect the rights of our immigrant residents and help more residents realize their dream of becoming American citizens.”

The IJLS grant program offers legal services and resources to immigrant residents and their family members. The program complements other community grant programs run by the various constituent service offices and the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants. Mayor Bowser’s IJLS program also assists residents by offering know your rights workshops. The program targets – but it is not limited to – Green Card holders, torture survivors, survivors of domestic violence, Dreamers, TPS holders, and community members who want a chance to become citizens in the USA, residents detained by the federal Immigration or Customs Enforcement, and persons wishing to make emergency preparedness plans with their families.

For FY21, $2.4 million is being allocated to 19 existing community-based organizations. Ayuda has two grant programs receiving awards for legal services and for providing language access services to all grantees for their IJLS work.

The following organizations and programs will receive funding for FY21: