IILA mission statement

Our Mission

At the International Institute of Los Angeles, our mission is to help families become self-sufficient and to promote cross-cultural understanding by providing services to immigrants, refugees, survivors of human trafficking, and low-income working families.

Our headquarters is located east of downtown Los Angeles in the historic Lincoln Heights neighborhood. IILA employs over 145 dedicated, multicultural staff that provide child care, transportation, immigration legal assistance, and nutrition and refugee services in centers and offices throughout Southern California.

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About Us

About International Institute of Los Angeles

International Institute of Los Angeles provides refugees, immigrants, and survivors of human trafficking with the skills, abilities, and resources they need to become self-sufficient and start their new lives in Southern California.

When newly-arrived individuals are able to secure their first jobs, get legal help, and find child care that works for their families, they are able to fully participate in and contribute to our communities.

Our dedicated staff provides a wide range of social, legal, and child care services to support the most critical needs of our communities. With a special focus on assisting limited-English proficient and low-income individuals, our staff provides free or low-cost child care, transportation to critical services, nutrition, reuniting and strengthening families, legal assistance, help navigating federal immigration policies and procedures, resettlement of refugees and asylum applicants, among other services for immigrants and refugees.