Immigrant Voices

As a permanent resident, Gabriela feels more secure

  Gabriela has lived in the United States the majority of her life. Now a permanent resident, she says she feels safer and more secure. IIBA’s Napa office helped Gabriela obtain permanent residency through a petition from her daughter, who serves in the U.S. Navy. Now with more security...

A Family Reunited

When Amanda and her parents immigrated to the United States to start a new life, they had to leave her brother, who was unable to obtain a visa, behind in Brazil. Though the distance between them was a source of great heartache, Amanda chose to make the best of...

With IIBA’s help, Odalia became a citizen

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...

IIBA Volunteer: Samantha May

As we celebrate 100 years of serving immigrants and refugees, we look back at the IIBA family throughout time.   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...

IIBA Client: Carlos Macias Prieto

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.   Meet One of IIBA’s Clients: Carlos Macias Prieto from IIBA on Vimeo....

Close to Home: IIBA’s Karla Márquez

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.   Over the next 24 hours, Karla greeted shell-shocked evacuees, wrote down...

IIBA Volunteer: Rie Sugisawa

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.      “This is part of my routine life now,...

Redwood City Citizenship Workshop Volunteers

    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. In addition, many of our volunteers are employees of major technology companies committed to giving back to the...

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...