In 2019, OCJF founded the first and only immigration bond fund in Orange County. As of May 11, 2023 OCJF has provided bond assistance to 81, individuals who were detained in immigration prison from across Orange County, including: Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Orange, Placentia, Santa Ana, and Tustin.
OCJF’s bond fund program is a California-based bond fund that seeks to mitigate the harmful effects of ICE detention for OC and Southern California families. By providing immigration bond fund support we eliminate immigrants and their loved ones from turning to predatory third-party bond agents. Often, these bond agents require repayment of not only the full bond amount but also interest, resulting in heightened financial insecurity on top of the physical and mental stress of facing continued immigration proceedings.
Whether OCJF pays for all or part of an individual’s bond, we will never ask for repayment. Instead, at the end of the legal proceedings, if the individual fully complies with all requirements to appear in court, OCJF will receive the bond funds back from the federal government and will use those funds to help free another individual. We fundraise year-long to ensure the only immigration bond fund in Orange County remains strong, consider donating today!