CHIRLACoalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (California)
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(152) CHIRLA, as the most established organization in Los Angeles focusing on immigrant rights and multi-ethnic coalition building, brought to the Coalition expertise in advancing the agenda for immigrant communities through advocacy, community education, and organizing.
During the community workshops, the advocates from Sweatshop Watch, APALC, CHIRLA, and KIWA began to involve workers in the discussions of creating a multi-ethnic worker center to fight for the rights of garment workers in Los Angeles.
I think people of color saw they were abandoned and they said: 'Okay we take this to heart,'" said Anjelica Salas, executive director of the Center for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) in Los Angeles.
The women are all united by their involvement with CHIRLA (the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles), an advocacy and service organization.
SUSAN ALVA is affiliated with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and the Migration Policy and Resource Center, Urban & Environmental Policy Institute--Occidental College; e-mail: or
In 1997, The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), The Korean Immigrant Worker Advocates (KIWA) and the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) started discussions that lead to support for each others' organizing efforts among low-wage immigrant workers in Los Angeles.
The Domestic Workers' Association (DWA) was begun a decade ago as part of CHIRLA, the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.
"We've been fighting this battle for years," says Angelica Salas of CHIRLA. "But it's really taking off now as part of the larger struggle for legalization.
From the beginning, they get help from day labourers from previously- organized corners, and CHIRLA staff members.
The 18-page document details some of the 229 cases that CHIRLA said are verified cases of "discrimination, denial of services, civil rights violations, hate speech and hate crimes."