Senator Leyva Honors Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice in Ontario as “Nonprofit of the Year”

Monday, August 24, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) is pleased to recognize Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice (IC4IJ) as the 20th State Senate District “Nonprofit of the Year” for 2020.

Based in Ontario, Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice is an active and diverse coalition of several dozen grassroots, community, legal service, faith-based and worker rights organizations focused on ensuring justice for immigrants and the greater immigrant community in the Inland region and across California.  As a project of Inland Congregations United for Change Inc.—a 501(c)(3) organization—IC4IJ works extensively on community organizing, coalition building, education, leadership development and rapid response to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and border patrol operations.

Additionally, IC4IJ has been active in responding to humanitarian crises related to immigrants.  In May 2019, for example, the coalition was an essential leader in organizing volunteers and mobilizing stakeholders to promptly address the immediate food, housing and other needs of asylum seekers that had been dropped off by authorities at a bus station in San Bernardino.

“For many years, Team Leyva has partnered with this amazing coalition of leaders and advocates that truly make a difference in the lives of so many immigrants across the Inland Empire and California,” Senator Leyva said. “Our region is so fortunate to have the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice working day and night offering its varied and vital services to individuals and families that need this help at a time when our federal government oftentimes scapegoats immigrants and uses them for political purposes. Immigrants are vital members of our local communities that enrich our state’s economy and society.  For these reasons and countless more, I am proud to recognize the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice as the 2020 20th State Senate District ‘Nonprofit of the Year’.”

Senator Leyva acknowledged Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice as her “Nonprofit of the Year” as part of virtual recognitions occurring statewide by state legislators in both the State Senate and Assembly.