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Fax: (213) 487-0986 

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Immigrant Rights Project

Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project is a public interest legal organization serving some of the most vulnerable immigrants in the Los Angeles area.

We believe that all immigrants deserve access to education and representation. We teach, defend, and empower children and adults by giving them the tools they need to navigate the complex immigration system. Because here at Esperanza, we believe that
immigrant rights are human rights.


Individuals represented by Esperanza staff, free of charge.


Legal services provided annually.


Cases placed with partner organizations or pro bono attorneys.

Exodus Voices

Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project will be featured in an upcoming feature-length independent documentary Exodus Stories: Voices from the Caravan. With intimate access, the film weaves together the stories of three Central American immigrants fleeing violence and persecution who join the migrant caravan only to face the last but most decisive battle: making their case for asylum and refuge in the US.

The film highlights the work of two pro-bono attorneys, Johnathan Zasloff, a Professor of Law at UCLA, and Lidiana Rios, a commercial litigator at Ireland Stapleton law firm. Esperanza connected both lawyers to a detainee from Nicargua named Denis, who is one of the primary subjects of the film.

Exodus Stories currently has a live Kickstarter campaign to raise much needed funds to continue filming and begin the edit process. Please consider visiting their Kickstarter page for more information about this important documentary, and share this campaign with your network in order to promote this unique film that demonstrates some of the important work being done by Esperanza.

Mauro Fernandez 

Paralegal Manager

"The literal definition of esperanza is hope, but this organization has redefined the word for me now. Esperanza now means empowerment to me"