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Justice & Diversity Center: Legal Services Program

The San Francisco Immigrant Legal Defense Collaborative (SFILDC)


The San Francisco Immigration Legal Defense Collaborative (SFILDC) is a collective of Bay Area organizations dedicated to serving the San Francisco immigrant community.  The SFILDC provides free, high quality, culturally competent legal services on behalf of immigrant children and  families.

For more information about SFILDC, please visit


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

Kids in Need of Defense
La Raza Centro Legal
La Raza Community Resource Center
Legal Services for Children
Pangea Legal Services
The Bar Association of San Francisco
University of San Francisco School of Law

The Role of the Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco in the SFILDC

The Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) hosts the Legal Director position for the SFILDC and administers the Attorney of the Day program for the expedited dockets at the San Francisco Immigration Court. Through the Attorney of the Day Program, JDC identifies clients eligible for SFILDC services and places them with the SFILDC partner agency best equipped to handle that type of case. It also coordinates intakes and referrals for Santa Clara County residents, and other non-San Francisco cases to the extent possible.  

Avantika Shastri is the Legal Director and Lead Attorney of the SFILDC. Avantika provides supervision and mentoring to the attorneys at each partner organization and coordinates the group’s collective legal strategy. In addition, Avantika oversees the Attorney of the Day program for the expedited dockets and acts as an SFILDC liaison with the San Francisco Immigration Court to coordinate court policy and communications as they relate to the non-detained and detained dockets. Prior to her position at the JDC, Avantika was in private practice for ten years at Van Der Hout, Brigagliano and Nightingale, in San Francisco, where she represented many individuals and families before the immigration agencies and federal courts.  She has been lead counsel and co-counsel for published decisions before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has also worked with many local and national immigrant rights organizations throughout the years.  Avantika received her B.A. and law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Carlos Pinzon-Hamilton is the Senior Immigration Coordinator for the SFILDC. Carlos coordinates the "Attorney of the Day" program at the Immigration Court for unrepresented families and unaccompanied minors on the expedited dockets.  He also administers the referrals and placements of surge docket cases to the SFILDC and to other Bay Area immigration nonprofits. 

Carlos received a Masters in US Legal Studies at Golden Gate University School of Law in 2013 and in 2015 earned a Masters in Law at University Autonomous of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico. Carlos is a licensed attorney in Mexico and before joining the Bar Association of San Francisco on December of 2015, he was the coordinator of the Immigrant Children Project at a nonprofit organization in Palo Alto. Carlos was active volunteer for the Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco, where he was awarded Outstanding Volunteer in 2013.


SFILDC Resource Bank

Please note that to access some of this material, you will need passwords or codes as members of SFILDC and attorneys handling a pro bono case through V.I.P. 

For access to the SFILDC Brief Bank, please contact Carlos Pinzon-Hamilton at

For SIJS Taskforce access, please contact Christian Gutierrez at at Legal Services for Children. 

For access to ILRC trainings, please contact Rachel Prandini at

For access to CLSEPA SIJS and removal defense materials, please contact Joyce Song at

Resource Bank by Topic:


Pro Bono Opportunities   

If you are an attorney interested in taking a pro bono case and receiving mentoring from an SFILDC member organization, contact Carlos Pinzon-Hamilton at

There are also opportunities for law students, interpreters, mental health workers, medical professionals, and other volunteers.  Please contact Carlos for more information.