Immigrant Voices

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 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...

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...