The funds will be directed to the organization’s Deportation Defense program, which assists low-income San Francisco residents facing deportation or other issues.
Ana Camila Herrera, the managing immigration attorney for Dolores Street’s Deportation Defense & Legal Advocacy Program, said their offices had experienced a dramatic increase in the number of calls and walk-ins from immigrants wanting to understand their rights.
“There is a lot of fear,” said Herrera. As an example, she said that in one month earlier this year their office received 80 phone calls for help, compared to just a dozen in the same period before Trump’s election.
“The money raised will give us more capacity to serve our low-income clients,” she said.
For those who miss the fundraiser, donations can be made here.
If you are a local business and want to offer a gift certificates for a raffle that will be held at the fundraiser, please let organizers know on the event page.