Airport Clinics serve families and passengers impacted by the travel ban
OneJustice was honored to serve as the national point of contact and provide operational and pro bono management support to the coalitions of legal services, immigration, and civil rights nonprofits that worked together to staff the legal clinics at LAX, SFO, SJC and Oakland in response to the executive order and travel bans. We are so grateful to the hundreds of attorneys and community members who volunteered – as well as everyone who donated food, supplies, equipment and more to support these efforts. Thank you all!
Update on Monday, March 6th: The Administration signed a new order into place. Please do not immediately go to the airports to volunteer! The SFO Bay Area | LAX Airport Coalition are assessing the legal assistance required and have an internal group on-call in case immediate, emergency action is required. We certainly appreciate your enthusiasm and commitment but want to ensure your energy and time are spent effectively.
Please monitor your email and our social media for updates on volunteer needs. We will create a signup.com link and instructions to let you know when/if you can sign up for a shift. We do not have future volunteer slots at SFO or LAX scheduled at this time.
Update on Friday, February 10th: As of Friday, February 10th, the clinics are no longer operating on-site at the airports, particularly because of the 9th Circuit court decision upholding the stay on the travel ban. However, both the LAX and SFO/Bay Area coalitions continue to monitor the legal situation carefully. The nonprofit attorneys are on “stand by” should the need arise to stand up the clinics on-the-ground at the airports again.
Alerts if the clinics need to be on-site again: If the coalitions determine the need to reopen either clinic, we will announce the news and any need for volunteers on this page, twitter and facebook. If the clinics reopen, please do not rush to the airports. Instead, watch social media for alerts and updates about volunteer shifts, which will be posted online again.
Want to volunteer or get updates? If you are interested in volunteering with the airport clinics or in response to ICE raids or the need to deportation defense, please sign up at onejustice.org/immigration for updates, news, and volunteer opportunities.
Concerned about flying? If you are a passenger or have a family member flying into SFO and LAX and you are concerned, pleased contact:
- LAX: the ACLU of Southern California hotline at (213) 977-5245
- SFO: the ACLU of Northern California hotline at (415) 621-2488
Press inquiries and interview requests: please contact CEO Julia Wilson at email@example.com.
The Airport Clinic Coalitions: Here are the nonprofits that formed the backbone of the legal services response at the airports, and whose attorneys are the heroes of this story. We strongly encourage you to donate to them directly to support their work!
- Public Counsel: www.publiccounsel.org
- Immigrant Defenders Law Center: www.immdef.org
- Immigration Center for Women and Children: icwclaw.org
- Advancing Justice LA: advancingjustice-la.org
- ACLU of Southern California: www.aclusocal.org
Bay Area Coalition (SFO, San Jose, Oakland)
- Tahirih Justice Center: http://www.tahirih.org
- National Lawyer Guild – SF Bay Area Chapter: www.nlgsf.org
- Immigrants’ Rights Clinic – Stanford Law School: https://law.stanford.edu/immigrants-rights-clinic
- Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto: www.clsepa.org
- Centro Legal de la Raza: www.centrolegal.org
- CAIR San Francisco Bay Area: ca.cair.com/sfba
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus: www.advancingjustice-alc.org
- AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association), Northern California Chapter: www.ailanorcal.com
- ACLU of Northern California: www.aclunc.org