Photo: Managing Attorney Ana Herrera brings immigrant children to testify at San Francisco City Hall about their urgent need for representation in fighting deportation.
The Deportation Defense & Legal Advocacy Program began as a response to immigration enforcement raids taking place in San Francisco’s Mission District in 2008. Since then, the program has grown to provide deportation defense in complex cases, as well as other immigrant legal services, while advocating to change the systems which our tearing our community apart.
The San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN) is a collaboration of 13 organizations throughout the city that provide outreach, community education, and free or low-cost legal services to immigrants from many diverse countries and regions of the world. Dolores Street was one of the original founders of this collaboration and, as the lead and fiscal agent, continues to manage and facilitate the work of the Network.
The African Advocacy Network (AAN) focuses exclusively on serving African and Afro-Caribbean immigrants and offers legal services, case management, and social integration services based on a unique Cultural Brokering model. The program also provides policy-related education in its target communities. After getting connected with Dolores Street through SFILEN, AAN became a fiscally sponsored project of DSCS in 2009. Having grown and developed extensively over the past eight years, AAN will spin off to become its own African-led and managed independent non-profit at the end of 2017.