YIIN (the Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network) is a group of people serving and advocating for immigrants in Yolo County. We believe that by working together we can make our community a better place for all of us to live and thrive.
YIIN is a small, grass roots, 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, run by volunteers. YIIN began in 2008 with a group of Yolo County residents who came together to address immigration issues in our community. Initially, members came from Muslim, Jewish and Christian congregations; however, we were soon joined by others who had no faith affiliation but shared a concern for community building and social justice. There has never been any religious content to the programs YIIN offers.
The service components of YIIN have included a weekly visitation program at the Yolo County Juvenile Detention Center (“Juvenile Hall”) and a children/youth recreational and educational program and adult English as a Second Language and computer classes at the Madison Migrant Center. Our Juvenile Hall visitation focuses on supporting the immigrant youth housed there while they await disposition of their immigration cases. These young people come from all over the country and thus are in particular need of such support. Madison Migrant Center is the home of migrant farmworker families who are in Yolo County for about six months of the year working in our fields and canneries.
YIIN has partnered with other community groups, agencies and individuals who work with immigrant issues. An important component of YIIN’s work has been to provide educational programs that offer the wider community information about policy issues surrounding immigration, discrimination and racism. YIIN has focused on putting a face to our many undocumented neighbors. For example, our annual fundraising dinners have featured undocumented young people telling their personal stories. YIIN has donated almost all the money raised at those dinners to provide financial aid to those applying for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) immigration status as well as for scholarships for undocumented students at UCD and Woodland Community College.
YIIN is a small organization with limited funds, and we are committed to seeking opportunities to work with others to make our community a place where all are welcome, and our diversity is celebrated.