One simple way to defend immigrant communities from family separation.

3,000+ Clients

Our zealous legal team provides legal representation and education to nearly 3,000 clients annually. 

1,200 + Child clients

Without our Children's Representation Project and Detained Youth Empowerment Project, children would be forced to represent themselves in court.

23 Countries Represented

ImmDef's clients come from 23 different countries of origin, roughly 78% of all clients originate from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

120 Staff Members

ImmDef has grown at a tremendous pace in order to meet the growing need for life-saving legal services in immigrant communities. 

4 Locations

With offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and Riverside we are the largest deportation defense nonprofit organization in Southern California.  

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Our Vision

We envision a future where no immigrant is forced to face an unjust immigration system alone.

Stories of Resilience


A Family Torn Apart Reunites

ImmDef client Bryan becomes one of the first children to be reunited with his mother under Biden's task force they were forcibly separated during the zero-tolerance policy.

Our client, Maura proudly holds a resume we helped her write

Dignity via Legal Defense

Armed with a work permit and a U-Visa, Maura is finally able to able to come out of the shadows and fully contribute to her community, a life she always aspired to live.

Our client, Jose gives us a thumbs up hours after being released from Adelanto Detention Center

A Hard Fought Win Brings Justice

Wrongfully detained in an adult detention center while still a minor, Jose's case highlights the underlying injustices people are subjected to within the U.S. immigration court system.

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Our broken immigration justice system is designed to undermine asylum and immigration pathways. As a result, thousands live in squalor in Mexico's dangerous northern cities, holding on to hope that they can access their right to asylum protections in the United States. Our undocumented community members endure unjust immigration laws and are deprived of living with dignity while making tremendous contributions to our communities. We are committed to ending these injustices. Join us by donating today!