Stop Deporting Youth

Welcome to Stop Deporting Youth Blog

The San Mateo County Coalition for Immigrant Rights is made of organizations that work with and provide services to immigrant communities in the County of San Mateo, including faith-based, youth, community-oriented, legal, and educational organizations. We are young people, immigrant youth's parents, friends, defense attorneys, immigration lawyers, religious leaders, civil rights advocates, criminal justice advocates, and community members. Primary organizations involved in the work around juvenile ICE holds include ACLU North Peninsula Chapter, Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project of Silicon Valley De-Bug, Comite de Padres Unidos in Redwood City, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Nuestra Casa, Stanford Immigrants' Rights Clinic, and Youth United for Community Action. We are united in the belief that it is never in the best interest of the minor to refer juveniles to ICE. Contrary to the rehabilitative goals of the juvenile justice system, it separates families, and uproots young people from their support system in the communities. We have seen young people as young as 13 sent to detention centers far across the country for months at a time, only to come back traumatized by the experience of having to be in immigration detention. This page is intended to inform and educate County residents on the San Mateo County Probation's practice of referring youth to ICE. It contains our community letters, stories of families who have been affected by the issue, county policies, and media coverage. We hope that this serves as a call to action to stop this jarring practice. If you are interested in getting involved or have any questions, email If you know anyone who has has a Juvenile ICE hold in San Mateo County, email For questions on the website, email