County Bar Foundation awards nearly $400,000 to nonprofits

Nearly $400,000 has been awarded to 26 local nonprofit organizations by the San Diego County Bar Foundation.

The grants, totaling $393,500, reflect the foundation’s most recent assistance to some of the county’s most underserved populations. The foundation is the charitable arm of the county bar association and started its grantmaking program in 1979. Since then, it has distributed more than $4 million to legal aid and public interest organizations. The grants are funded by contributions from San Diego’s legal and business communities in partnership with the San Diego County Bar Association.

The recipients of the Indigent Defense Fund grants, totaling $235,000, are:

  • Center for Employment Homeless Court (legal services for indigent clients)
  • National Conflict Resolution Center (Restorative Justice Project for Juveniles)
  • Reading Legacies (to strengthen relationships between family members separated by incarceration or rehabilitation)
  • Village Saint-Vincent de Paul (preparation of homeless clients for court)
  • Think Dignity (for the Homeless Youth Legal Advocacy Project, which helps youth with criminal legal issues)
  • Uprise Theater Equal Access to Justice (to answer questions about the criminal justice process for defendants and family members)

The foundation also awarded general grants totaling $158,500 to 21 organizations:

  • American Bar Association Fund for Justice (legal representation for indigent immigrants in detention)
  • Cal-Western Community Law Project (lawyers and volunteer law students counsel low-income San Diegans)
  • Casa Cornelia (legal services for immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and other crimes)
  • Center for Community Solutions (free legal aid, advocacy and representation for restraining orders)
  • Community Resource Center (legal assistance to 40 survivors of domestic violence each year)
  • Elder Law & Advocacy (legal advice for low-income seniors)
  • Free to Thrive (Family Justice Program Support)
  • Interfaith Community Services (professional and financial assistance for unauthorized immigrants in the immigration system)
  • Jewish Family Service of San Diego (legal support and social services for the San Diego Rapid Response Network, which helps immigrants)
  • La Maestra Family Clinics Inc. (legal services for vulnerable low-income populations)
  • Legal Aid Society of San Diego (for the San Diego County Conservatorship Assistance Program, which works with the San Diego County Regional Center)
  • License to Freedom (legal aid for the immigrant refugee community regarding sexual assault)
  • Pag-Asa Law Clinic (legal access for the Asian Pacific Island community)
  • San Diego Advocates for Social Justice (legal representation to tenants, tenant groups, and organizations to enforce and expand tenant rights).
  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (representation to low-income immigrants and refugee victims of crime through the Vision for Justice Collaborative)
  • Southern California Immigration Project (pro bono legal services to asylum seekers)
  • Survivors of Torture International (psychological assessments requested by a lawyer for asylum seekers)
  • U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (legal services to immigrants and refugees, especially unaccompanied children)
  • University of San Diego – Legal Advocacy (protecting the legal rights of young adoptees regarding financial pitfalls)
  • Uprise Theater (to teach participants legal principles and have them teach about their communities through theatre)
  • Voices for Children (volunteer advocates for young people in the juvenile justice system)

To learn more about the San Diego County Bar Foundation or to donate, visit

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