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Justice & Diversity Center: Legal Services Program

The Northern California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice (NCCIJ)

The Northern California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice (NCCIJ)  is a regional collaborative for detained immigrant representation that consists of four funded legal immigrant representation non-profits and numerous additional organizations and agencies dedicated to providing pro bono detained representation and removal defense services.
 
The four funded organizations are Centro Legal de la Raza (Centro), Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLESPA), Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, and JDC. The numerous affiliated organizations and agencies include, but are not limited to, Dolores Street Community Services, Central American Legal Resource Center, La Raza Community Resource Center, Pangea Legal Services, East Bay Community Law Center, the UC Davis School of Law, the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, African Advocacy Network, Stanford Law School Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, and the Alameda County Public Defender.
 
JDC is the fiscal lead for the NCCIJ-funded organizations and houses the NCCIJ coordinators. The NCCIJ Lead Attorney Coordinator, Immigration Case Coordinator, and Data Coordinator provide services coordination, legal training, technical assistance, and advocacy support to the NCCIJ affiliates, as well as other attorneys and agencies in Northern California seeking to provide pro bono detained representation. 

Pro Bono Services Coordination
The NCCIJ Lead Attorney Coordinator oversees the Attorney of the Day Program on the detained dockets of the San Francisco Immigration Court, and regularly serves as the pro bono attorney of the day. Additionally, the Lead Attorney Coordinator oversees the AILA Mesa Verde Pro Bono Project, a program founded and supported by Centro and CLSEPA, which works to secure pro bono representation for recent arrival asylum seekers, including the provision of mentorship to pro bono counsel. The NCCIJ coordinators also regularly provide Know Your Rights services to immigrants detained at local detention facilities and refer detained cases to affiliated, funded and other agencies and organizations for legal assistance. 


 
JDC Immigration Legal Defense Program Staff:

  • Valerie Anne Zukin, Lead Attorney Coordinator, NCCIJ
  • Stephany Martinez Tiffer, Data Coordinator
  • Mario Martinez, Immigration Case Coordinator

Learn more about NCCIJ Partner Organizations:

Centro Legal de la Raza

Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus