The San Francisco Immigrant Legal Defense Collaborative (SFILDC) is a unique collaboration of 13 San Francisco-based nonprofits.

The City and County of San Francisco funded the SFILDC in the fall of 2014 in response to the creation of expedited or "surge" dockets on Immigration Courts nationwide by the U.S.  government.  These dockets were created to quickly process the legal claims of thousands of unaccompanied children and families (mostly women and children) arriving at the U.S. border, most of whom fled life-threatening circumstances of abuse, neglect, and violence in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico.   However, the expedited timeline makes it challenging for immigrant families and unaccompanied children who are facing deportation to find legal representation and properly present their immigration case. 

The SFILDC was created to protect the due process rights of these children and families, and through our collective advocacy, the due process and human rights of all immigrants seeking protection in the U.S.   

  • We provide full-scope deportation defense to San Francisco residents on the surge dockets who cannot otherwise afford an attorney.  We strive to provide strategic representation with cutting-edge legal defenses and claims in federal and state courts.  In conjunction with our legal work, we seek to ensure that our clients obtain the social, mental health, and medical services they need to recover from their past traumas and rebuild their lives. 

  • We provide legal assistance at the San Francisco Immigration Court to all children and families in Northern California who are on the surge dockets as Attorneys of the Day, and by administering the Attorney of the Day Program. 
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  • Through individual client cases and collective advocacy, we seek to ensure that the due process and human rights of our clients are respected and protected in federal and state courts and by the federal agencies.  
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  • We work closely with other institutions and organizations around San Francisco and the Bay Area to advocate for and serve the special needs of these children and families in San Francisco. 

SFILDC Member Organizations


SFILDC is funded by the City and County of San Francisco