The Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) helps immigrants, refugees, and their families join and contribute to the community. IIBA provides high-quality immigration legal services, education, and civic engagement opportunities.
In 2020, as the country was gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic, IIBA staff juggled work and family responsibilities while adjusting to delivering services to clients remotely. Clients, many at greater risk of contracting the virus as essential workers, navigated new technology to access IIBA’s services. The pandemic crisis highlighted and exacerbated pre-existing inequities for many low-income Californians, including immigrants, while recordbreaking wildfires devastated communities IIBA serves, and the murder of George Floyd sparked widespread protests demanding racial justice and criminal justice reform.
In this context, IIBA engaged local stakeholders, funders, and clients in strategic planning, knowing that looking forward with creativity and determination is critical at a time when so much is at stake. As a result, IIBA is positioned to play a critical role in Northern California’s immigration legal landscape over the course of the next two years and far beyond.