2019: A Year of Transforming Fear into Hope and Opportunity

In a year filled with unrelenting attacks on undocumented immigrants—deportation raids, family separation, threats to DACA, application fee hikes, changes to public charge regulations, and much more—Immigrants Rising has continued to fight back.

Read what we have done this year to transform fear and uncertainty into hope and opportunity for undocumented young people nationwide and consider making a year-end contribution to fuel our work in 2020.

Information & Resources

We have reached over 200,000 people through online intake services, in-depth guides, and interactive webinars.

Our information and resources empower undocumented young people with the knowledge and tools they need to navigate life, make informed decisions, and pursue their goals. Hot off the Press: check out our 2020 Scholarship and Fellowship Lists.

“When I submitted the legal intake form, I learned of a potential remedy through political asylum. Getting a second opinion was the best decision I could have made.” — Julio Navarrete, Legal Intake Service User

Financial Support

We have awarded over $600,000 in grants to individuals. Our Scholarship Fund and Entrepeneurship Fund enable undocumented young people to overcome systemic barriers in pursuing their educational and career goals.

“The Entrepreneurship Grant gave me the confidence to take my business to the next level, to create a space to help others, and most importantly to grow as a social entrepreneur.” — Maria Mendez, Entrepreneurship Fund Grantee

Educational Partnerships

We have awarded over $3 million in institutional grants and provided robust technical assistance to increase support and identify best practices for undocumented students at 32 public colleges and 10 high schools.

“Funding and support from Immigrants Rising’s California Campus Catalyst Fund enabled us to open a Dream Resource Center on campus. That’s a very powerful statement in this political climate.” — Oscar Cobian, Vice President of Student Development, Oxnard College

Leadership Capacity

We have nourished the leadership capacity of over 150 undocumented young through financial support, hands-on training, mentorship, professional development, networking and opportunities to educate and empower the undocumented community.

“I’m immensely proud to be doing the work I’m doing.” — Hazel Pinon, High School Engagement Fellow

“I’m thrilled to be a part of such an amazingly warm and genuinely welcoming group of people.” — Carolina Lopez, Immigration Law Fellow

Personal Stories

We have supported undocumented young people in reclaiming and sharing their stories. Our community members’ stories have been featured in public events and prominent national media outlets such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, PRI’s The World, EdSource, Inside Philanthropy, HuffPost, Teen Vogue, Forbes, and more.

“Thank you to Immigrants Rising for inviting me to be a storyteller. I tapped into a rawness and vulnerability I hadn’t shared publicly before.” — Denea Joseph, Founder of UndocuImmpact

We need your support to continue making sure that undocumented young people rise above adversity, reach back and bring all of us soaring with them.

Please consider making a year-end contribution.

Together, we will ensure that hope and opportunity triumph over fear and uncertainty.