San Diego

In San Diego, The Bail Project has partnered with Community Advocates for Just and Moral Governance (MoGo) to continue to provide bail assistance to people charged in federal court in the Southern District of California. MoGo will also post bail for people charged in other courts in San Diego as they expand their bail posting practices. 

Community Advocates for Just and Moral Governance (MoGo) promotes good governance. MoGo is committed to engaging in litigation and various forms of advocacy that will make government more just and fully accountable to all people, particularly those who have been marginalized from society. 

Our TBP site in San Diego started Operations in August of 2018. In 2018, the US Attorney’s Office in San Diego started prosecuting immigrants for unlawful entry into the US as part of its Operation Streamline program. Although the program is over ten years old and based on anti-immigrant law passed a century ago, the Trump administration expanded it to jurisdictions all along the border in an effort to “streamline” criminal convictions and move people into deportation proceedings more quickly.

In late 2018, the Federal Defenders of San Diego and The Bail Project helped to eliminate same-day pleas, a tactic used to coerce mass convictions. And nearly a year later, a federal circuit judge ruled prosecutors were applying the law incorrectly, allowing hundreds of our clients to vacate their convictions.

We worked with the Federal Defenders of San Diego to push back against the federal government’s weaponization of the law to crack down on immigration.

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Pamela Nozot

Bail Disruptor

Patrick Sullivan

Site Launch Coordinator and Site Manager

Miryan Villalobos

Bail Disruptor

Fast Facts

Since Operation Streamline took effect in San Diego, the number of prosecutions has increased by 1,200%.

In early 2019, 61% of all migrants apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border are children and parents with children. This proportion was never as high as 10% before 2012.

Operation Streamline is intended fast track people to immigration detention and deportation proceedings, and has no apparent relationship to public safety.

Operation Streamline was at the center of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of 2018. Federal prosecutors used the pretense of criminal conduct (e.g., unauthorized crossing of the border) to separate parents accused of this crime from their children. This caused an international uproar after thousands of families were separated by the government.

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The Bail Project - San Diego has partnered with Community Advocates for Just and Moral Governance (MoGo) to continue to provide bail assistance to people charged in federal court in the Southern District of California. MoGo will also post bail for people charged in other courts in San Diego as they expand their bail posting practices.

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