Our Work in the Inland Empire

Hilda Cruz, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity lead organizer, Inland Empire Region

Amidst a militarized border region, rife with vigilante justice, white supremacists and anti-sanctuary action, our role is to organize faith communities to defend the dignity and human rights of immigrants.

  • We work with nine congregations and dozens of volunteers to raise awareness of the plight of immigrants in the region.
  • Visitation volunteers accompany immigrants detained in Adelanto. They provide moral, physical, logistical and sometimes financial support as families face court appointments, detention and deportation.
  • We mobilize congregations to help sponsor and support people seeking asylum from human rights violations in their home countries.
  • We host quarterly prayer vigils at the notorious Adelanto detention facility, to shine a light on the abuses and give voice to the stories of those who are imprisoned there.
  • We educate the community on immigration root causes and alternatives to detention.
  • We engage college students to work with us and lift up the stories of those impacted by detention.
  • Project Thrive: Floreciendo tus Sueños is empowering a 2021 cohort of immigrant entrepreneurs, in partnership with the California Department of Labor’s SEED Initiative
The IM4HI Inland Empire team:  Ipyani Lockert, Faith Organizer, and Hilda Cruz, Regional Program Director
IM4HI Faith Organizers Hilda Cruz (middle) and Cecilia Vasquez (left) with delegation from Riverside at the San Diego border action.
IM4HI Organizer Hilda Cruz speaks at San Bernadino protest, August 20, 2019