WHAT IS THE ORANGE COUNTY JUSTICE FUND?
The Orange County Justice Fund (OCJF) is dedicated to generating support for transformative and effective legal representation for some of the most vulnerable members of the Orange County community. OCJF was created in 2017 through a collaboration of attorneys, law professors, and grassroots leaders to ensure that no Orange County resident is forced to defend themself from deportation without an attorney, and to provide support so that those individuals eligible to be released from detention can do so without being financially devastated.
In 2019, OCJF launched Orange County’s first immigrant bond fund, which in its first six months of operation paid for all or part of the immigration bond for nearly twenty people. Bond recipients have included A., a survivor of domestic violence who was separated from her children during her months-long time in immigration detention, and J., a 19-year old Santa Ana resident who was separated from his mother and siblings while being held in a medium-security facility in Orange County. OCJF’s bond fund has collaborated with service providers in Orange County and across the country, and is working to create a world in which immigration detention does not exist.