Our Mission
To create a more humane and democratic society by responding to the needs and problems of disenfranchised people through leadership development and educational programs based on Popular Education methodology. Specifically our goal is to organize and educate immigrants concerned with solving problems in their own communities.

Popular Education

"No one educates anyone, and nobody is self educated; all of us learn from each other, mediated by the world we live in."

Paulo Freire


CONTACT: Esther Portillo (347) 585-7462, esther.portillo1@gmail.com; Nancy Zuniga (310) 433-1997, nzuniga7@gmail.com

Human Rights organizations from around the country denounce the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s recent announcement that the agency will continue to incarcerate women and children from Central America under its controversial family detention program. The coalition of organizations calls on President Obama to use his executive power to bring an end to family detention immediately.

After 9 impactful years, Angela Alvarez, Co-Manager of the Workers' Health Program is leaving IDEPSCA. Her leadership, vision, and commitment have left an indelible mark on the organization. She will be missed but we celebrate this next chapter in her life with her and her family.

Invitamos a todas las organizaciones no lucrativas en el área de Los Angeles para que nos acompañen Viernes, 8 de mayo a una serie de talleres tecnológicos en Español. Aspiration, en conjunto con el Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA), estos talleres serán gratuitos para apoyar el intercambio de aprendizaje y conocimiento sobre como usar herramientas tecnológicas para los esfuerzos de justicia social.

Along with our partners,
CARECEN and YPI, we are extending our action asking Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti to do the right thing and continue to fund the seven day labor community job sites across Los Angeles.

Fire up your phones and let your fingers do the tweeting to #SavetheDLcenters

The General Assembly and the Board of Directors is proud to appoint Maegan Ortiz as Interim Executive Director of IDEPSCA, effective April 1, 2015. We are excited that Ms. Ortiz has agreed to serve in this capacity as we continue to implement our transition plan to find a permanent staff leader. Ms. Ortiz has been with the organization since 2014 serving as the VozMob Coordinator. She has done a phenomenal job managing and completing program deliverables in collaboration with community members, funders and staff. Most recently, Ms.

Friends and Allies:

The seven Day Labor Centers funded by the City of Los Angeles are in danger of closing their doors as of July 1st, 2015. We ask that you support us in demanding that Mayor Eric Garcetti include the seven Day Labor centers in the 2015-2016 fiscal budget!

These centers are more than just spaces for predominantly immigrant workers to seek work. They are hubs of leadership development, skill building, and popular education.