With citizenship, Celedonio and Amanda have been able to travel more freely, taking medical missions to Nicaragua, where they chaperone medical and nursing students who provide aid in rural villages. There Celedonio uses his skills as a chemical engineer to teach communities about renewable energy.
Since becoming a citizen, Odalia says she feels much safer. “I feel that this country is a part of my life,” Odalia says. “So it had been a wish of mine to become a citizen.” With IIBA’s help, Odalia became a citizen. from IIBA on Vimeo. Support immigrant families by donating today.
We are excited to introduce you to IIBA's newest Board Members: Eric, Antoine, and Christian.
Samantha May volunteered for IIBA in 2015, and her time at IIBA inspired her to pursue a career in immigration law. "After hours spent reading about what people were fleeing from and what they wanted here," Samantha said, "I realized that I wanted to devote my career to helping immigrants."
For almost three decades, Carlos and his family have come to IIBA for help with immigration paperwork. When he finally received his green card, Carlos was able to visit Mexico, for the first time in twenty years.
When the North Bay fires broke out on Sunday, October 8, Karla Márquez could see the smoke not far from home. She knew people would need help, so she sprung into action, seeking the nearest evacuation center.
As IIBA celebrates 100 years of serving immigrants and refugees, we will be sharing stories of the IIBA family throughout time. We hope you enjoy learning more about our rich history in the Bay Area. It is our pleasure to introduce you to Terry De Luca Schooler, former Executive Director of International Institute of San Francisco in the 1960s.
IIBA deployed six staff members to the border to give witness to what is happening, to stand for the rights of people who have crossed the border, to serve as translators, to provide much-needed legal expertise, and to bring compassion to those who have received far too little of it.
As a naturalized citizen, Rie Sugisawa wanted to use her knowledge of the naturalization process to help others. So Rie volunteers every week at IIBA’s Napa office, administering “mock” interviews to IIBA clients, preparing them for their citizenship interview.
IIBA offers citizenship workshops throughout the Bay Area, helping legal permanent residents apply for and gain citizenship. Many of IIBA’s workshop volunteers are attorneys providing valuable pro bono hours.