Doris Muñoz knows how costly visa processing legal fees are. Watching news clips of families ripped apart during routine immigration check-ins and the Trump administration’s blows to DACA and TPS, the 23-year-old paid for her undocumented mother’s visa petition last year. All together, she had to come up with $3,300 for appeals and application fees. Her mom, who holds janitorial and sales jobs, likely wouldn’t have been able to scrabble the money alone. Aware that legal rates make necessary paperwork unfeasible to undocumented populations, the mexicana, who works in music management, started Solidarity for Sanctuary, a benefit concert series in Los Angeles that raises funds for steep visa processing charges.
This month, Muñoz will host the third installment of the event, and landing during Women’s History Month, it will feature all female headliners. On March 31, acts like Dominican-Brazilian singer Jarina de Marco, Honduran songstress Empress Of, vibrant Jamaican performer Amindi K. Fro$t and emerging Ethiopian-Canadian artist Hunnah will take the stage at Highland Park’s The Hi Hat.
As the lineup presents electrifying strains, CARECEN LA, a Central American-run nonprofit providing immigrant integration programs and community engagement policy and education to immigrants in LA, will be offering free legal assistance to undocumented youth.
“I think in the Donald Trump era, we’re sometimes afraid of who we’re talking to, and having a brown body, you can feel like a target. To be in a safe space like this, surrounded by people who believe in fighting for your community with you, is really beautiful,” Muñoz, speaking on her Solidarity for Sanctuary events, told Remezcla last year.
In the past, Muñoz, the owner of Mija Management, has held quince- and -Selena-themed benefit concerts.