Immigrant Rights Organizing Program

The Immigrant Rights Organizing Program (IROP) strengthens the voice of Central Valley immigrants in shaping the policies that have a dramatic effect on their families and communities.

IROP develops grassroots leadership and organizing skills of immigrants themselves in collaborative efforts to:

  • Promote values, laws, and policies that keep families together and reward hard-working, tax-paying immigrant families
  • Involve Valley youth in educational and organizing campaigns that promote higher educational opportunities and a secure future for immigrant youth
  • Promote public safety of motorists and pedestrians by changing policies that prevent undocumented immigrants from obtaining driver’s licenses
  • Educate immigrant and migrant communities about their rights and responsibilities

Today IROP celebrates:

  • A successful campaign to prevent the separation of families through outreach and education around statute 245(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act
  • A successful public outreach campaign to increase opportunities for higher education for immigrant students, resulting in the enactment of AB540, which makes in-state tuition rates for California’s public colleges available to all resident students, irrespective of documentation status
  • Increased participation and voice of former "bracero” farmworkers in an effort to obtain compensation for their work that was not paid to them during the 1942-1964 guest worker program

QUOTE: "Collaboration with leaders and organizers has deepened our understanding that immigration law can be changed by immigrants organizing themselves."—Mark Silverman, staff attorney, Immigrant Legal Resource Center

For more information 
Contact Mark Silverman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (415) 255-9499, x.627.

Join us in supporting the vision.
If you are interested in becoming a funding partner, contact Mark Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (916) 638-1733.

A project of the Central Valley Partnership for Citizenship—engaging immigrants, migrants, and refugees in the civic life of California’s Central Valley.

Our History

Since 1996, CVP partners have launched campaigns and implemented programs to assist migrants, immigrants, and refugees organizing to claim their rightful place in the civic, cultural, and economic life of the Valley. The CVP supports Valley communities working together to achieve social and institutional change - change that provides the opportunity for all who reside in the Valley to live in dignity and good health, participate fully in decisions that affect their lives, and assume the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in its broadest sense.