Community Partnership Program

Over the past 13 years the Gainesville Latino Film Festival (GLFF) project has become an essential protagonist in the cultural diversity landscape. Through film exhibition, educational events, and programs, GLFF inspires and engages diverse audiences to initiate conversation and community building. During this year’s Festival, through its social media platforms, GLFF will begin a campaign to raise awareness about community organizations that are tackling some of the toughest community issues.

Through this initiative, GLFF hopes to inspire Festival participants to become involved with outstanding organizations that have been working at the grassroots level for and making positive changes in our communities:  the UF student-led Puerto Rico Relief Project, Farmworkers Self-Help, Inc., and Americans for Immigrant Justice.

Please get to know the Puerto Rico Relief Project, Farmworkers Self-Help, Inc. and Americans for Immigrant Justice at their websites below, and let their stories move you.

Farmworkers Self Help, Inc. (FSH)

Farmworkers Self-Help, Inc. (FSH), located in Dade City, Pasco County, Florida, was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in 1982. It was organized as a grassroots effort by immigrant Mexican and Mexican-American migrant farmworkers and former farmworkers to find solutions to the problems of the farmworker population. FSH facilitates self-development, self-help, grassroots organizing, participation and leadership development, and seeks to bridge the gap between isolation and societal mainstreams, while preserving cultural heritage. It is committed to farmworkers and other poor taking charge of their own lives and destinies. Direct maintenance services such as emergency food and clothing, shelter assistance, medical assistance and immigration assistance are provided because of the tremendous local need, but the majority of our efforts and programs work toward facilitating the self-development of the whole person toward self-reliance and personal independence, through community organizing, education, a higher education scholarship, advocacy, justice and empowerment.


American for Immigration Justice

  • Children’s Legal Program

In 2005, AI Justice collaborated with community partners to create the Immigrant Children’s Legal and Service Partnership (ICLASP). This program was recognized by the Office of Refugee Resettlement as a “model program for care providers throughout the country.”  Today, we remain the lead agency in this unique holistic partnership.

AI Justice has served thousands of unaccompanied children over the years, whether they are in foster care, in local shelters overseen by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), or in the community living with a parent or guardian. Children undertake the perilous journey to the U.S. alone as a last resort because they lack protection in their home country. Once here, they encounter a system that is complex, bewildering and frightening. They need attorneys to navigate the convoluted worlds of State Juvenile and Family Courts, Immigration Courts and the Asylum Office. AI Justice has influenced national policies and laws affecting immigrant children and is widely recognized as an expert in immigrant children’s issues.

We are the only non-profit organization providing comprehensive free legal services to children in immigration shelters in South Florida.  The numbers of unaccompanied children entering the country has increased dramatically over the years.  They are fleeing war, desperate poverty, oppression, abuse, and persecution.  Many have been orphaned, abandoned, or trafficked into the U.S.

9 out of 10 children without attorneys are ordered deported. Those with attorneys are 5 times more likely to be granted protection. For many, this is a matter of life and death.



  • Detention Program

AI Justice’s Detention Program attorneys advise immigration detainees about their basic rights, helping them to obtain release and fight deportation.  Detention clients include asylum seekers, survivors of domestic violence and trafficking, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)-eligible young people.

AI Justice also shines a light on abusive conditions in immigration detention to bring about systemic change.  AI Justice Attorneys challenge abusive detention conditions and work toward systemic change. They provide Know Your Rights presentations, during which conditions are monitored such as: overcrowding, inadequate medical care, appalling living conditions, lack of access to attorneys, frequent transfers to remote facilities, physical and mental abuse, indifference to human suffering, and improper use of force.


Puerto Rico Relief Fund by UF College of Medicine

Almost a year after Hurricane Maria, contaminated water, lack of electricity, and low rations of food and hygiene products are still urgent concerns for the residents of Morovis in central Puerto Rico. Our group of physicians and students at the University of Florida College of Medicine are working to provide basic health and medical supplies such as medications, hygiene products to hospital and church distribution points we have partnered with on the island. These hospitals let us know what they need then we deliver!

Since it is impractical to send water, we are planning to deliver three DIVVY water filtration systems which can provide 2500-6000 gallons of clean water per day! One system would be capable of providing water to an entire community.  An incredibly gracious pilot has also agreed to fly the supplies to our contact points in Puerto Rico