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Justice & Diversity Center: Legal Services Program

The San Francisco Immigrant Legal Defense Collaborative (SFILDC)

About the SFILDC
The San Francisco Immigration Legal Defense Collaborative (SFILDC) is a collective of 15 San Francisco legal service organizations dedicated to serving the immigrant community. The SFILDC provides free, high quality, culturally competent legal services on behalf of immigrants facing removal proceedings in the San Francisco Immigration Court. The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) serves as the SFILDC’s legal lead and provides services coordination, legal training, technical assistance and advocacy support to agencies in the Collaborative.
The City and County of San Francisco originally established the SFILDC in 2014 in response to the unprecedented numbers of Central American unaccompanied children and families who were entering the U.S., fleeing violence in their home countries. In January 2017, the City and County of San Francisco expanded the mandate of the SFILDC to represent not only children and families, but any San Francisco resident, detained or non-detained, in removal proceedings before the San Francisco Immigration Court.

Visit SFILDC’s webpage for more information.


San Francisco Rapid Response Network
The SFILDC also provides the legal services for the San Francisco Rapid Response Network. The SF Rapid Response Network is comprised of 21 community-based organizations that provide education services and legal representation to protect the due process rights of San Francisco residents in the event of immigration enforcement activities.
The services of the network include:

  • 24-hour hotline (415-200-1548)
  • Arrest verification
  • Legal representation to community members who are arrested by ICE

JDC Staff

  • Avantika Shastri, Legal Director of the ILDP and Lead Attorney, SFILDC
  • Carlos Pinzon-Hamilton, Senior Immigration Coordinator, SFILDC
  • Claire Fawcett, Attorney of the Day Attorney Coordinator, SFILDC
  • Nicole Allen, Immigration Legal Services Coordinator, SFILDC

SFILDC Member Organizations

African Advocacy Network
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus
Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
Center for Gender and Refugee Studies
Central American Resource Center
Dolores Street Community Services
Immigrant Center for Women and Children
Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco
Kids in Need of Defense
La Raza Centro Legal
La Raza Community Resource Center
Legal Services for Children
Pangea Legal Services
Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic at University of San Francisco School of Law

Pro Bono and Volunteer Opportunities

If you are an attorney interested in taking a pro bono case, SFILDC member organizations are able to provide mentoring and support. There are also valuable ways for law students, interpreters, mental health workers, and medical professionals to get involved as volunteers. To get involved, visit