With an office in Sacramento, CAA is uniquely positioned to advocate for community needs through statewide policy. In the recently completed California budget, our efforts along with other advocates led to critical levels of support to augment federal Census efforts with local community outreach and improved language access, and ongoing investments in immigrant legal services.
Thus far, CAA advocacy on the Census has helped produce a total commitment of nearly $185 million in state funds over three years and specific language access plans to address smaller language groups, non-written languages, and languages of geographically concentrated communities. CAA advocacy also successfully prioritized the need to support community-based organizations as the key trusted messengers and outreach vehicles for the hardest-to-reach communities.
As part of the One California coalition, CAA has also been able to maintain and grow the resources for legal and community groups to ensure immigrants have access to legal and support services on a range of issues from naturalization, public charge, DACA, detention, and deportation.
Throughout these efforts, CAA has partnered closely with San Francisco Assembly Member David Chiu and San Francisco Assembly Member Phil Ting