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Take Action Now to Protect Asylum Seekers

Call to Action The right to seek asylum from persecution and harm is enshrined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which the U.S. promoted and signed in 1948.  Since Day One, the Trump Administration has launched xenophobic and un-American attacks against the U.S. asylum system. From separating families at the border, to attempting to ban asylum seekers who did not enter through an official … Continue reading Take Action Now to Protect Asylum Seekers



LCCRSF’s Statement on the Trump Administration’s Dismantling of the U.S. Asylum system

On June 10, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services proposed sweeping regulations that, if implemented, would substantially dismantle our nation’s asylum system. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area condemns these proposed changes, which represent a blatant rejection of our commitments under U.S. law and international treaty obligations to provide safe harbor to those in need of humanitarian protection. Under the proposed regulations, an individual who is seeking protection from gender-based persecution would be ineligible for asylum, one … Continue reading LCCRSF’s Statement on the Trump Administration’s Dismantling of the U.S. Asylum system



An open letter from our Executive Director

Rising to meet the needs of the moment and movement Dear Friends, Each day feels like a lifetime these days. It has been fourteen days since George Floyd was killed. In the days that have followed we have watched daily police violence against protesters. These images have kept us awake at night. I am personally … Continue reading An open letter from our Executive Director



Pro Bono Spotlight: Perkins Coie LLP

Since 1997, LCCRSF’s Legal Services for Entrepreneurs (LSE) Program has partnered with pro bono attorneys to provide free transactional legal services to economically marginalized individuals who want to start a business, businesses investing in economically distressed communities, and mom and pop shops located in areas where gentrification is a force for displacement. In light of the devastating impact of the global pandemic on small businesses, LCCRSF and its pro bono partners shifted … Continue reading Pro Bono Spotlight: Perkins Coie LLP



Court Finds Likely Constitutional Violation in ICE’S Detention of Immigrants in Two Cramped Detention Centers during Pandemic

Order Establishes Process for Court to Consider Releases of Detainees FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 29, 2020 MEDIA CONTACTS:  San Francisco Public Defenders, Valerie Ibarra, valerie.ibarra@sfgov.org, 628-249-7946  ACLU SoCal Communications & Media Advocacy, communications@aclusocal.org, 626-755-4129 (cell) Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, mconleybuchsieb@lccrsf, (415) 500-5229 (cell) SAN FRANCISCO — In an emergency order, a … Continue reading Court Finds Likely Constitutional Violation in ICE’S Detention of Immigrants in Two Cramped Detention Centers during Pandemic