Immigrant Voices

IMMIGRATION INSTITUTE OF THE BAY AREA STATEMENT ON ICE RAIDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 21, 2019 Contact: Isabella Alvarenga, IIBA Communications Manager (415) 538-8100 ext. 213, ialvarenga@iibayarea.org   IMMIGRATION INSTITUTE OF THE BAY AREA STATEMENT ON ICE RAIDS   The Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (formerly International Institute of the Bay Area) condemns the Trump Administration’s reckless and...

IIBA’s New Legal Director: Catherine Seitz 

One of Catherine’s first jobs in immigration was at the International Institute in 1991. Now with nearly thirty years of experience in immigration law, she’s returned to IIBA as Legal Director, mentoring IIBA staff as they take on deportation defense cases. “It really is full circle,” Catherine says. ....

Keeping Families Together

Graciela and her two young daughters, Julianna, 12 and Bethenny, 6, waited anxiously at San Jose Airport in August 2017. Efrain, Graciela’s husband and the daughters’ father, had left the country a week earlier to complete his interview at the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, to become a...

IIBA Clients: Vanessa and Diego

    Vanessa and Diego have always seen themselves as Americans. They were both brought to the U.S. from Mexico when they were very young. They grew up here. They went to school here. They met each other and fell in love here. They got married here, and they...

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 father, detained by ICE, was reunited with his wife and young children with the help of IIBA staff

Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) activities have resulted in a heightened sense of fear amongst residents of Napa Valley. A few months ago, the International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA), a participant in the North Bay’s rapid response network, was alerted that ICE had taken a father from his wife and young daughter and infant son. He was being detained without bond, placing him in detention and causing...

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 welcomes our new Board Members: Eric, Antoine, and Christian

  Eric Lun, an associate at STG Partners, is drawn to IIBA’s mission of welcoming and serving immigrants because of his own immigrant background.  Eric’s father emigrated from Hong Kong and his mother from Malaysia. Eric joined IIBA’s Board to help defend and support immigrant rights. Eric hopes his financial background will be an asset to IIBA and wants to work to help more immigrants become citizens.   “In...

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...