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Community Letter

Community-Based Organizations Support Casa Libre

We support Casa Libre’s efforts to secure the release of detained minors and provide social mobility services for immigrant youth. The target population is highly vulnerable and possesses few rights. Casa Libre is a place where formerly homeless and incarcerated undocumented minors can find safe haven and refuge, and finally be treated as human beings, rather than being made invisible, or locked up as if a threat to society or national security. Casa Libre is Ellis Island for the youth it serves and we fully support its important role in our community.

These were extraordinarily dangerous times for unaccompanied immigrant minors often detained for weeks at a time in unsafe and unsanitary U.S. border patrol facilities, and for months in secure Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) facilities. In 2018, five migrant children died while in U.S. custody. Illness is widespread due to the unsanitary and overcrowded conditions. Youth are forced to sleep on concrete floors in over-crowded cells and cages. All detained minors are Flores class members entitled to treatment consistent with the terms of the Flores settlement which sets the national standards for the detention and release of detained migrant children. which sets the national standards for the detention and release of detained migrant children. The LA-based Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law represents the class of all detained minors and is constantly engaged in federal court in Los Angeles challenging the current administration’s violations of the terms of the Flores settlement.

Many detained unaccompanied minors have sponsors in L.A. County and surrounding areas, and want to come here if and when released from custody. However, when transported to an ICE adult detention facility reach eighteen years of age, they are shackled, transported to an ICE adult detention facility, and may be promptly deported to countries where their lives are at risk.

Angelica Salas

Executive Director

International Institute of Los Angeles

Steve Voss

Chief Executive Officer

Jocelyn Duarte
Executive Director

El Rescate
Salvador Sanabria

Executive Director

Clinica Monsenor Oscar Romero
Carlos Vaquerano Executive Director

CHIRLA supports Casa Libre
IILA supports Casa Libre
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El Rescare supports CASA Libre
Clinica Monsenor Oscar Romero supports Casa Libre

This assault on highly vulnerable and traumatized children is being fought at many levels: in the courts, advocacy in Congress, and in protests outside detention centers. In Los Angeles, the Casa Libre program is doing its part by securing the release of detained minors, blocking their deportation, and providing them social mobility programs and a range of wrap-around services.

Casa Libre has never backed away from its commitment to serve unaccompanied minors living on the streets in Los Angeles County or detained by federal authorities. It focuses on securing the release of unaccompanied minors close to their 18th birthdays, at which time, if not released, they are transferred to an ICE adult detention center and then almost always deported.

Due to the recent increase in the need for a range of services, Casa Libre has formed a partnership with Clinica Monseñor Oscar Romero and the Salvadoran American Leadership and Education Fund (SALEF) to provide a broad range of services for Casa Libre participants.

As non-profits, grassroots organizations, academic leaders, and community members that work with the immigrant population throughout Los Angeles, we support the efforts taking place at Casa Libre to increase capacity and assist current and future members. We support Casa Libre's efforts to secure the release of detained minors and provide services for homeless and released minors.

e M. Seyler, J.D. Executive Director

UFCW 770
John Grant


East LA College
atriz Tapia
Chicanx Studies Dept.

Cal State U. Northridge
Douglas Carranza
Central American Studies Dept.

Homies Unidos
Alex Sanchez

Executive Director

CLUE supports Casa Libre
UCFW 770 supports Casa Libre
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LA Unaccompanied Minors Collaborative

Casa Libre, the Salvadoran American Leadership and Education Fund (SALEF), Clinica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero (COR), and the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL) have created a collaboration to help assist unaccompanied immigrant minors to integrate into the life of the City and County of Los Angeles and surrounding areas and help connect these minors with community support networks. This collaborative group is called the Los Angeles Unaccompanied Minors Collaborative (LA-UMC).

LA-UMC seeks to strengthen and protect the rights of unaccompanied immigrant minors in federal detention hoping to come to Los Angeles, and provide for the social, educational, housing, medical, and family reunification needs of these minors.

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Clinica Monsenor Oscar Romero
Center for human rights and constitutional law
Our Partners

Community Partners

Casa Libre has worked with many reputable organizations over the years, each partnership is highly valued and we appreciate the support from all individuals involved. If you would like to get involved with our cause, please contact us at


Contributors & Donors

Individual & Family Donors

Harry Salzberg | Nancy Cox | Juanita Ulloa | Joan Turner | David Green | Odile Legeay | Jude Pardee | Laura Okazaki | Chris Mullen | Jennifer Lester | Elizabeth Lowenhaupt | Clay Slate | Sara McDaniel | Jose C. Reyther | Gregory Chandler | Philip & Sharen Lom

Corporate & Community Donors

Smart and Final
Row House
Mohawk Bend
American Apparel
Act BLue
Whole Foods
Serta Simmons Bedding
Gonzales and Gonzales
California Government
Los Angeles local government

Corporate & Community Donors

Mayer Foundation
HESED Foundation
Brotman Foundation
Morrison Foerster Foundation
The Murray M. Salzberg Trust
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