United Airlines gives USD 1m, 4-year grant to support immigrant legal advocacy

United Airlines has announced it has granted USD 1 million to the San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN) to increase its advocacy and community engagement endeavors in the immigrant community, the company said.

The four-year grant will allow SFILEN´s Rapid Response Network to add staff and to strengthen its legal and education services. United´s grant also will help SFILEN provide mental health evaluations and interpretation services.

With this grant, SFILEN will add two full-time staff members to a team that provides critical services to thousands of immigrants every year. The grant also will allow SFILEN to provide 50 mental-health evaluations each year and will provide for 240 hours of language interpretation for SFILEN´s hotline, legal consultations and clinics.

This grant is the eighth and final in a series of grants United has made in all its domestic hub markets. Each grant is a part of a total of USD 8 million to help address critical needs identified by local leadership in each of its hub-market communities–Chicago, Houston, Washington, D.C., Denver, New York/New Jersey, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 357 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers.

The San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network´s (SFILEN) mission is to promote full access to social services, direct legal services, civic engagement, legalization, freedom of movement, and reunification with family and community, for all immigrants and their families regardless of their immigration status.