About Us

History of UURISE

UURISE is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 2007 to empower immigrants and refugees in the U.S.by offering direct legal services, particularly to those who have few resources to obtain legal assistance. With offices in Vista, CA, UURISE provides legal advice and representation to individual clients; and extends services throughout the U.S. through the provision of workshops and trainings on immigration and advocacy. Through strategic partnerships, intensive coalition building and volunteer development, UURISE has crafted a method of extending legal services to large groups at no or nominal cost.

Improving conditions for and treatment of immigrants and refugees is a moral issue that requires ongoing community education and action to raise awareness and impact policy. UURISE actively contributes to the national discourse on immigrant rights and immigration reform, and works with state, county and local officials to provide education and real life examples related to policies which impact the health and wellbeing of our communities.

UURISE is founded on and grounded in Unitarian Universalist principles which include a passionate vision to affirm and promote “a respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person.” In harmony with these principles and in accordance with laws governing nonprofit organizations, UURISE is radically inclusive, intentionally creating a safe and welcoming environment for all people, without discrimination.