Social Justice

We aim to improve the lives of youth by supporting community-centered approaches to intervene in narratives of criminalization that have led to mass incarceration and anti-immigrant policies, especially for low-income communities and people of color.
Social Justice

We support just alternatives and reforms to the current criminal justice and immigration enforcement systems, enabling our grantees to build power in communities that are directly impacted by criminalization.

We value work that makes meaningful and lasting change in the lives of the most disenfranchised. We believe in supporting programs that address racial inequities and the increasing criminalization of poverty. Through our grant-making, we aim to invest in the leadership of those who are closest to social justice challenges, working together to create long-term solutions.

The Youth Justice program aims to reduce criminalization and incarceration of youth, eliminate systemic discrimination, and provide pathways for systems change. We seek to ensure transformational reforms in the lives of young people impacted by the criminal justice system. To that end, we support community-based alternatives and policy solutions targeted at reducing arrests, recidivism, and school suspensions, as well as building authentic leadership and the development of formerly incarcerated youth.

Our Immigration program seeks to strengthen social, civic, and economic opportunities for immigrant youth and families, and build power in immigrant communities to shift policy. We invest in programs that support communities disproportionately impacted by both the criminal justice and immigration enforcement systems. Our strategy is to support community-centered efforts to address the critical needs of immigrant communities, build the capacity of immigrant communities to advocate and organize for change, and increase access to public benefits and legislative protections.

Please note that we make grants by invitation only and do not accept unsolicited requests.

Recent News

Interview with Christina Fialho of Freedom for Immigrants (formerly CIVIC)

Christina Fialho, co-founder of Freedom for Immigrants (formerly CIVIC), offers insight into the abuses of our current immigrant detention system and how community-based alternatives to detention, such as her Revolving Immigration Detention Bond Fund, offer a more humane and cost effective solution. Read more in her interview with Ashoka, featured in Forbes: The Alternative To Immigrant Detention Everyone Should Know About.

Welcoming America Executive Director Discusses Atlanta’s Regional Welcoming Plan

Welcoming America’s Executive Director, Rachel Peric, spoke with WABE’s Jim Burress about Atlanta’s new regional welcoming plan. Listen to the discussion here.

Elizabeth Vartkessian’s Op-Ed in the Baltimore Sun

In “All Serious Criminal Cases Deserve Podcast-Style Scrutiny,” Liz Vartkessian notes that careful investigation of a conviction, theoretically guaranteed to all facing capital charges, can mean the difference between life and death. However, this type of scrutiny is done almost exclusively by non-profits as opposed to the criminal justice system and the courts that state this right.

Read the full article in the Baltimore Sun here.

CIVIC Now Freedom For Immigrants

The California-based non-profit is changing its name to Freedom for Immigrants to better reflect its mission to free all people from the bonds of immigration detention.

Stephanie Gibbs of Safe Passage Project Featured on Podcast

Stephanie Gibbs of Safe Passage Project, as well as Irma Solis from NYCLU, speak about how the Department of Justice, ICE, and the local police are violating due process of immigrant children on the podcast “Pod Save the People.” Listen to the whole podcast: People Built This