Immigrant Voices

IIBA Intern: Peter Skow

“By the end of the summer, I hope to learn more about IIBA’s fundraising efforts and how to craft a legal argument for a case,” says Peter. He connected with IIBA through the San Francisco Social Impact Internship Program at Dartmouth College, where he is an undergraduate student.   Peter has...

IIBA Client: Amelia Hernandez

“IIBA staff always kept me updated on the status of my case and made me feel secure,” says Amelia Hernandez. She appreciates that sense of security more than ever after her nightmarish journey to the U.S.   Amelia had lived a comfortable life with her family in Mexico until a man she thought...

IIBA Staff: Diamante Rueda

Diamante is the Legal Outreach Coordinator at IIBA’s Redwood City office and educates the immigrant community on their constitutional rights. She also works on diverse immigration cases and coordinates the DACA program. Diamante chose IIBA because she is passionate about advocating for the immigrant community.  She is proud to assist underserved populations in...

IIBA Volunteer: Jennifer Boyle

Frustrated by the anti-immigrant rhetoric of last year’s presidential election, Jennifer Boyle decided to stand up and take action. She was intent on supporting the immigrant community, so she contacted IIBA Board President Jennifer Beckett seeking volunteer opportunities.   For the past year, Jennifer has been assisting IIBA’s citizenship classes in...

IIBA Staff: Valentina Ozbek

“I’m thrilled to be joining IIBA as a Staff Attorney and Pro-Bono coordinator,” says Valentina Ozbek. In addition to providing immigration legal services to our clients, Valentina will be working with major technology companies and law firms to advance our pro-bono program and broaden our mission of empowering and serving the...

Clara Blanco-Herrada: A Survivor’s Guide to Citizenship

IIBA client Clara Blanco-Herrada embodies the phrase, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” With the devaluation of the Mexican peso, in the mid-1990s, Clara’s life turned upside down. Her family lost their business and property in the recession, so they immigrated to the U.S., in search of new...

Volunteer: Stephen Filios

When Stephen Filios is not teaching Foundations of Science for Brigham Young University Idaho’s online program, hevolunteers in IIBA’s citizenship preparation classes. “I have always had an interest in working with people from different cultures,” says Stephen, so he stepped up to teach IIBA’s San Francisco class in the...

Staff Attorney: Sara MacPherson

The Dilley, Texas Detention center houses up to 2400 immigrant children and women who have fled their home countries in search of safety.  It is the largest immigrant family detention center in the United States located in a remote area in Southern Texas. The Corrections Corporation of America (CCA)...

Citizenship Student: Sarah A.

During the presidential election, IIBA client Sarah A. closely followed the nominees’ stances on immigration. Sensing unrest, she began the citizenship application process. The daughter of Yemeni parents, Sarah lived in the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom before moving to the U.S., where she lives with her...

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.  ...