Immigrant Rights

When we ask, “Where is the pain in your community? What keeps you awake at night?” True North’s immigrant leaders share the pain of being targeted and harassed by police, neighbors throwing insults and objects at them from moving cars, being too afraid of ICE raids to send their children to school or go to the grocery store. Our vision for immigration work is creating a North Coast that is a safe and welcoming home for our immigrant neighbors. Immigration paperwork does not define who is part of this community - we do. We stand together when it counts: with our families and neighbors, as co-workers and employers.


Humboldt Rapid Response Network

In January, 2018, True North launched a Rapid Response Network meant for receiving calls when someone witnesses Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids. This network exists to address the fear and anxiety in our community as a result of realized and potential increased immigration enforcement. It allows for the community to show up to witness, accompany, and advocate for those who become victims of raids.

Humboldt County, CA
January 20, 2018

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Expanding Perspectives Forum with Law Enforcement

As a follow-up to the Coastal LOC and Latin@ LOC's Unity Action in 2017, the Latin@ LOC organized a forum with Humboldt County and Arcata law enforcement officials. The forum was focussed on immigrant issues, the agencies' relationship with ICE, and the agencies' thoughts on Sanctuary at both a city and county level.

March 24, 2018
Humboldt County, CA


Claudia's Case

In November 2017, a member of our True North family was detained by ICE during a routine immigration check-in. Claudia Portillo is an Arcata resident and mother of four. In response, our leaders organized a fundraiser to cover her expenses and invited community members to attend a vigil for Claudia on the Arcata Plaza to show her that she is not alone.

Arcata, CA

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SB 54 California Values Act Passage

True North, partnered with PICO California, organized local support for the passage of CA Senate Bill 54: the California Values Act. SB 54 has been called a "Sanctuary State" law and has received intense opposition by anti-immigrant lawmakers and officials on a national scale.

October 5, 2017

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Radio Bilingue Support in Humboldt and Del Norte

True North leaders requested and received support from Humboldt State University as well as the Del Norte Board of Supervisors for the creation and support of a bilingual, English/Spanish radio station in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.

North Coast Region, CA
June - October, 2017

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September 11th Unity Action on Immigration

Our Coastal LOC in partnership with our Latin@ LOC negotiated the removal of the term “Alien” in reference to immigrants in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, and held an action to solicit commitments from law enforcement to undergo implicit bias trainings.

Humboldt County, CA
September 11th, 2017

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Halted Crescent City City Council Anti-Immigrant Letter

True North leaders pressured the Crescent City City Council to reject efforts to vilify immigrants and distance the city from supporting CA SB 54.

May, 2017
Crescent City, CA


Halted Del Norte Board of Supervisors Anti-Immigrant Letter

True North leaders pressured the Del Norte Board of Supervisors to reject efforts to vilify immigrants and distance the County from supporting CA SB 54.

March, 2017
Del Norte County, CA

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International Workers Day March

On May 1st, 2016, True North Organizing Network organized a rally in solidarity of workers following a raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Sun Valley Farms in Arcata, California. In September 2008, ICE agents raided Sun Valley Farms in Arcata, arresting approximately 23 people and placing some in deportation proceedings.

May 1, 2016
Eureka, CA


Immigrant Rights and Research Summit

True North hosted a research summit at Sacred Heart church in Eureka, CA. With more than 100 community members in attendance, immigrant leaders shared their stories and their visions for change. The goal of the summit was to shed light on issues facing our immigrant community by discussing the results that came from months spent talking to community leaders.

November 21, 2015
Eureka, CA

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Immigrant Rights Forum

In partnership with the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, True North leaders hosted the first Immigration Forum in Del Norte County. Over 100 people attended the two-day forum, that included free legal consultations and a workshop about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA).

Crescent City, CA