CHIRLA was formed in 1986 to advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles; promote harmonious multi-ethnic and multi-racial human relations; and through coalition-building, advocacy, community education and organizing, empower immigrants and their allies to build a more just society.


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To empower immigrant youth and their allies to create a social change within their communities and transform the unjust social conditions that affects all the immigrants in this country. Through organizing and leadership development we strengthen the voice of immigrant youth in the Los Angeles area.


A society in which every individual is respected regardless of his or her cultural background, ethnicity, race, and legal status.


Wise Upís first campaign and victory was AB 540(Assembly Bill 540). This law would allow undocumented students to pursue their college education. After organizing the community, press conferences, petition and postcard campaigns, advocacy, and many other actions Wise Up successfully assisted with the passage of the AB 540 bill on October 11th, 2001. Since then, Wise Up continues to organize youth leaders that will help lead the Immigrant Rights Movement.


Through education we are able to outreach and educate the community with workshops, presentations, forums, and trainings. Our student members go through leadership development in different areas, such as, higher education justice, advocacy, direct action, in school organizing.

Leadership Development

In Wise Up decisions are made and carried out by our youth members. Wise Up assists in the development of todayís youth because they are the leaders of today, not tomorrow. By participating consistently with Wise Up, youth learn how to think critically about what is happening in their environment as well as the following topics:

All the subjects are geared towards educating the youth in order to push their campaigns forward to make a difference in the community.