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December 31

Santa Barbara County Immigrant Legal Defense Center

Organization Mission

The mission of the Santa Barbara County Immigrant Legal Defense Center (ILDC) is to provide equal access to justice and due process to indigent immigrants residing in Santa Barbara County by (1) recruiting and training volunteer attorneys to represent immigrants in removal proceedings and (2) providing community education to help immigrants understand their basic civil rights.

Social Change Project:
Keeping Local Immigrant Families Together in Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County is home to 100,000 immigrants. More than 43,000 are undocumented, and nearly 48 percent of children in the region live in a household where one or more parent is foreign born. Yet the ILDC is the only nonprofit organization in the County providing pro bono deportation defense services, outside of the occasional case. We are building an army of volunteer attorneys in the private bar to provide pro bono representation to indigent immigrants facing imminent deportation. By providing representation in bond hearings, and some merits hearings, the ILDC offers our area immigrant families solace and support in light of the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant agenda.

When I heard the news that my husband was [detained by ICE] I felt that it was the end of the world. I broke down and cried all night. I didn’t know what to do with myself and my 3 daughters. I didn’t eat or sleep I would wake my daughters at 5:00 am and walk 20 minutes to the bus stop. I would hold my tears because I didn’t want them to see me cry. Two days after [ICE] they got my husband, my 12 year old graduated from elementary [school] and he wasn’t there to see his daughter graduate. My eldest daughter was so overwhelmed by his absence she started having trouble at school. I didn’t know what to do. I don’t know anyone with that kind of money for an attorney. I had jewelry that I could sell, but it wouldn’t have been enough. I would tell god to please send good people my way and luckily he heard me and sent me [the ILDC]. They helped me so much and have given me hope that my husband will return.

— Anonymous Mother and Wife, Santa Barbara