Immigration Strategic Funders Collaborative of Connecticut

Immigration strategic funders collaborative of connecticut

Upcoming Training Sessions

The following trainings are made possible with the support of the Open Society Foundations and the Immigration Strategic Funders Collaborative of Connecticut members and nonprofit partners:

"Community-Led Training": How to Facilitate DACA/DAPA Clinics with information on “Know Your Rights if You are Undocumented” and “Effective Community Outreach”
Saturday, June 4th (Fairfield County) or Sunday, June 19th (Hartford County) for staff or volunteers who speak English and/or Spanish
In English  En Español

The Immigration Strategic Funders Collaborative for Connecticut (The Collaborative) is committed to enhancing statewide efforts and local work to support Connecticut’s immigrant families prepare for the implementation of both Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) under President Obama’s 2014 Executive Actions.

The Collaborative seeks to increase the numbers of applicants for administrative relief under these programs, to ensure the applicants are screened for eligibility for more permanent immigration benefits and to continue to expand current advocacy work in support of stronger protections from detention, deportation and abuse. To achieve these objectives, The Collaborative will prioritize the following:
  • Promoting the understanding of DACA and DAPA and to support outreach to DACA-eligible and DAPA-eligible residents across Connecticut;
  • Increasing access for undocumented immigrants to a full spectrum of immigration services, including legal services;
  • Strengthening advocacy efforts at the local and State levels in support of public policy and public funding that will address the needs of undocumented immigrants and will advance the utilization of DACA and DAPA; and
  • Enhancing the capacity of immigrant serving and advocacy nonprofit organizations through funding and through supporting the sharing of knowledge and best practices.

As of this date, the following funding institutions have committed financial support of The Collaborative's goals through their institutional grantmaking process:

  • The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
  • Fairfield County's Community Foundation
  • Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
  • Hispanic Federation
  • Perrin Family Foundation
  • Progreso Latino Fund (a committee-advised fund at CFGNH)

Other members of The Collaborative include service providers, advocacy organizations and others throughout the state of Connecticut that share the goal of enhancing the lives of undocumented immigrants. The Collaborative is currently working with the following organizations:

  • Apostle Immigration Services (New Haven)
  • Center for Latino Progress (Hartford)
  • City of New Haven
  • City of Hamden
  • Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut (New Haven and Bridgeport)
  • Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance (CIRA) (Statewide)
  • Connecticut Parent Power (Statewide)
  • Connecticut Students for a Dream (Statewide)
  • Elm City Internationals (New Haven)
  • Hartford Public Library (Hartford)
  • International Institute of Connecticut (Statewide)
  • Junta for Progressive Action (New Haven)
  • Neighbors Link Stamford (Stamford)
  • New Haven Legal Assistance Association (New Haven)
  • Unidad Latina en Acción (New Haven)
  • Yale Law School Worker and Immigrant Rights Clinic (New Haven)

For more information, contact Caprice Taylor Mendez, Strategic Program Manager at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. 


70 Audubon Street
New Haven, CT 06510


(203) 777-2386

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