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Social Justice Collaborative

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Causes: Crime & Law, Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Human Services, Immigration, Legal Services, Public Interest Law

Mission: Social justice collaborative provides legal services to low-income people in the united states. Social justice collaborative operates its primary office in oakland, california and is one of the only nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to represent immigrants in removal proceedings, with a special focus on clients who have criminal records and/or particularly complex cases, including civil rights matters and appeals.

Target demographics: low-income clients with legal problems

Programs: deportation defense, immigration, criminal defense and civil legal services

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am extremely grateful that SJC has given me the opportunities to work for them, especially considering that I am only a first year at Cal. But because of the responsibilities they gave me and the lessons they taught me both on legal matters and social matters, I have gained so much knowledge and experience during my time here this semester. Gautam and Emily are some of the most dedicated people I have ever met, and their passion for helping low income immigrants who cannot afford much yet desperately need the assistance is truly admirable. I really appreciated the fact that even though they are both extremely busy, they took the time to explain many of the concepts and stories of the clients we work with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been interning for SJC for a couple of months now. Throughout my time here I have been able to have meaningful interactions with clients and learn about immigration law. The attorneys, Emily and Gautam, are very passionate about their work and strive to do whatever they can to help clients out. They are very attentive to the needs of their clients and allow interns to be involved with the cases in order to gain first-hand experience. SJC's mission, provide high-quality legal services to low income communities in the Bay Area, is great and they follow it to the core benefitting members of the community. I am in deep awe for their commitment to social justice. I definitely could not have asked for a better intern experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started interning for SJC a couple months ago and I have learned so much already in regards to immigration law. The attorneys, Emily and Gautam, are very passionate about their work and strive to do whatever they can to help clients out. They are very attentive to the needs of their clients and allow interns to be involved with the cases and gain first-hand experience. I think that the mission of SJC (provide high-quality legal services to low income communities in the Bay Area) is great and they follow it to the core. As an intern I am not afraid to approach Emily or Gautam with any questions I might have about an assignment; they are very approachable and considerate of interns. Overall, I am having a great experience interning at SJC.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a student intern with SJC, I could not have asked for a better experience to bring my college undergraduate career full circle. I found myself wanting to make positive change in local communities and in the lives of those in need, and SJC gave me a means with which to fulfill my desires. The satisfaction of helping immigrants through their struggles towards legal residence in the United States is what has made my time here worthwhile, and the experience I have gained will go a long way towards starting my own career.
The attorneys, Emily and Gautam, provide selfless service at reasonable costs to a wide spectrum of clients who all have one thing in common, they are trying to make a better life for themselves and their families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a law clerk for the Social Justice Collaborative (SJC), I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with two of the kindest, most professional attorneys working within Immigration Law. Emily and Gautam both exemplify all of the qualities necessary to serve clients needs. The experience and opportunity I have received have significantly contributed to my skills while in Law School. It is amazing that I have had the opportunity to be directly involved in the lives of others. SJC has kept families together amidst the challenging, confusing and archaic structure of immigration law.

Katie81

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an undergraduate intern at Social Justice Collaborative during the summer months, and in that time I learned so much under Emily and Gautam. They are extremely passionate about the work they do and will always go the extra mile for their clients. They work tirelessly and diligently. I have the utmost respect for both attorneys and would strongly recommend them to anybody needing help with immigration law.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the most unique organizations in the country. They represent with compassion and integrity at a cost that is most affordable to the people/demographics that most need this kind of support. A practical and realistic organization that truly makes a difference in the lives of the people.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Social Justice Collaborative does not only aim to bring families together but targets to help people in every way they can. I am blessed and grateful to be a part of the team and be of service to the public. It is very inspiring to see people's faces light up when they learn about SJC. The hope I see in their eyes reassures me of a better future. SJC creates an effective team both with its clients and collaborators in attaining that brighter future.

Lorena2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been interning at social justice collaborative for a couple of months and it is a great hands on experience. As a law school student it can be difficult to acquire experience that is beyond clerical but at social justice collaborative I have gained valuable experience that has broaden my knowledge in immigration law. This is a great program not only for law students but also for the community as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Social Justice Collaborative has been a great place to learn about immigration law and the ins and outs of running a law practice. Gautam and Emily are very approachable and attentive to the needs of the staff and the clients. In only a couple of months, I've had a lot of hands-on experience with preparing documents and legal research. However, the biggest highlight by far is the amount of client interaction I've had at this internship. I realize how much my work can have an impact on some one's life and I'm very happy to be a part of this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The attorneys at the Social Justice Collaborative are passionate and helpful. As an intern, I had a great experience learning about the processes of immigration proceedings as well as how to carry out day-to-day administrative tasks in a law firm. Overall, Emily and Gautam worked diligently and were very cordial, helpful, and patient teachers. I recommend the Social Justice Collaborative to anyone.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an organization that truly believes in helping others and I'm very proud of being part of it. Since the very first moment I knew it was a great project. Knowledge, heart and lots of energy are consistently moving this great organization towards a bigger and better inclusive society. Great job Attorneys!

Board Member

Rating: 5

SJC believes in providing high-quality legal services to low-income communities in the Bay Area. Too often, immigrants are taken advantage of by unscrupulous attorneys who either are "notarios" or hacks or otherwise are good but charge so much that clients have to mortgage their lives for eternity. SJC works closely with clients to ensure that they are getting treated like family members. SJC also works closely with other organizations to provide wrap-around services for clients. SJC believes that by serving families, one at a time, major change can be made. SJC also educates the public in aspects of law and policy that are pertinent to its mission.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Social Justice Collaborative has a great vision for providing new and innovative legal services to low income people. At SJC we provide personalized attention and great service at a level that private attorneys strive to do.

SJC believes that all individuals have a right to a defense, no matter their income or resources. Defense services should be affordable for everyone.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great vision and cause. Brilliant attorneys with strong commitment to social justice.

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