Immigrant Voices

Protecting and Serving his Community

Javier is the first member of his family to graduate from college, with a degree in criminal justice from San Jose State University, and plans of becoming a police officer one day. His aspirations of protecting and serving his community stem from the many struggles he faced growing up.  ...

Overcoming Illiteracy at the Age of 60

For the first 60 years of Maria’s life, Maria was illiterate; neither able to read or write in any language. As a restaurant cook she would routinely watch and memorize how the other cooks prepared and cooked the dishes on the menu, in order to keep her job. “I...

Make America Colorful Again Campaign

In a span of 30 days, Joey Yang’s online campaign, Make America Colorful Again, received 260 donations and raised a total of $7,344. All proceeds benefit IIBA and the Bay Area immigrant communities we serve. Joey’s goal was to help immigrants secure their lives in the U.S. by becoming...

Client: Marielle Coeytaux-Britton

After living in the United States for 31 years, Marielle Coeytaux-Britton can proudly call herself a U.S. citizen. Marielle took her oath of allegiance this past spring. She was recognized by the Napa County Board of Supervisors this past July, for successfully becoming U.S. citizens.   As an IIBA...

Volunteer: Sarah Ribbers

As an undergraduate at UCLA, Sarah Ribbers volunteered in a mentorship program called Latinas Guiding Latinas, in East Los Angeles. Working with and encouraging young Latinas to pursue higher education inspired Sarah to seek a career as a teacher. Sarah now teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) in...

Board President: Jennifer Beckett

Jennifer Beckett moved to San Francisco in 1989, just in time for the Loma Prieta earthquake. Undeterred by the rattling landscape, she settled in and made this city, and IIBA, her home. Jennifer joined the Board of Directors in 1990, attracted by “IIBA’s mission and programs,” which “facilitate citizenship...

Client: Yoseline Chavez

I was already motivated to become a U.S. citizen, and my academic dreams only encouraged me more. I began the citizenship process by getting in contact with International Institute of the Bay Area. Having a U.S. passport feels like having a key to the world.   Like many immigrants, my...

Volunteer: Betty Labastida

I am amazed at the dedication people show to complete the paperwork , and their  motivation to learn a language which is not easy.   I started volunteering with the International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) over three years ago. I attended IIBA’s orientation and began helping individuals complete...

IIBA Holiday Recipe Cards

These recipes have been prepared by IIBA clients to be shared with friends and supporters. We hope you enjoy sampling these international flavors in your own kitchen.  

Moises Bautista
Engineering His Dream: Moises Bautista

We first introduced you to Moises in the winter of 2013. An ambitious and enthusiastic college student, Moises had come to the U.S. as a teenager to escape the growing dangers in his hometown in Mexico. While Moises was taking classes at Cañada Community College, IIBA helped him apply...