IIBA Staff: Diamante Rueda

Diamante is the Legal Outreach Coordinator at IIBA’s Redwood City office and educates the immigrant community on their constitutional rights. She also works on diverse immigration cases and coordinates the DACA program. Diamante chose IIBA because she is passionate about advocating for the immigrant community.
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Clients: Brenda and Abigail Santillan

At one time Abigail and Brenda thought they’d never get to visit their birth country again. But IIBA helped them apply for temporary relief status through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Then IIBA helped them gain special travel privileges, or Advanced Parole, so they could attend their grandfather’s funeral. Their arrival in Mexico brought their family great joy, during an otherwise sorrowful time.
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Bill Song

DACA Recipient: Bill Song

When Bill Song, his father, and his sister left Korea to fly to Chicago, he thought they were just going to visit his mother, whom he hadn’t seen for five years. “In reality,” Bill explains, “my father’s business in Korea had failed, and he wanted to give his family a second chance.”
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Miguel Sales

DACA Recipient: Miguel Sales

Like any highly motivated high school student, Miguel Sales worked hard in his classes, driven by a singular goal: to become an engineer. When it came time to apply for college, though, his parents revealed a shocking secret: Miguel was undocumented.
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Anel Rojas

Client & Volunteer: Anel Rojas

Anel will be the first member of her family to graduate from college, with a degree in criminology, and plans on attending law school. This is a far cry from the struggles she faced in her childhood.
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José E. Carrasco Sandoval

I am a first generation undocumented college graduate. I attended Napa Valley College and then transferred to UC Berkeley where I graduated in 2010 with a major in molecular and cell biology. My hopes of continuing my education, exercising my degree, and contributing to my community all stalled because I was undocumented.
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