Leska left Ukraine at a young age, learning to navigate hardship in an unfamiliar place before finding home and community in the Bay Area. After achieving her dream of becoming a U.S. citizen, Leska now hopes to coach and inspire others with the invaluable lessons from her own journey.
Before they met in 2015, Eric and Patricia each had complicated relationships with the U.S. immigration system. After falling in love and getting married, the couple would again have to navigate the complex system to prove their love to immigration officials.
10 years of DACA. Join us in celebrating this milestone by reading about DACA's impact on some of IIBA's incredible clients.
Octavio, an IIBA DACA client and professional U.S. soccer player, started a local nonprofit to help disadvantaged youth in the East Bay.
Learn more about the impact IIBA, the largest nonprofit provider of immigration legal services in Northern California, makes in the lives of the immigrants we serve.
IIBA's photo series, "Heart of IIBA," is a celebration of our clients, staff, and volunteers.
IIBA opened our Napa office in 2013. Since then, 1,300 individuals have become citizens. In 2013, IIBA Napa was a staff of one. Today IIBA Napa is a staff of nine. Since 2013, 6,350 legal consultations have been provided to immigrants and their families, 102,000 individuals have been educated on their rights, and 620 students have enrolled in citizenship classes.
For thirty years, Jorge has been a member of the Napa Community, working in the wine industry as a field worker and tractor driver. He and his wife of 30 years met at church in St. Helena, where Jorge sang in the choir. He and his wife raised their four children in Napa. On Friday, January 27th, 2017, Jorge was threatened that his entire life would be ripped away from him.
For years now, LinkedIn has teamed up with IIBA to help immigrants seeking economic opportunity and stability in the United States.
With DACA, he could apply for the private loans he needed to finally put himself through Dental School. Jose, who graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in molecular biology, had always dreamed of giving back to his hometown of Napa as a dentist. “I want to give back to families that don’t have access to dental care or insurance, a lot like myself growing up,” Jose said.