How our program delivers results
IMMIGRATION LAW PROGRAM
Since the birth of La Raza over 40 years ago, the agency has operated an Immigration Law Program. Since then our program has expanded to provide direct legal services, including representation at USCIS and Immigration Court and advocacy to low and extremely low income immigrants of the San Francisco Bay Area. This year alone, we ensured assistance to hundreds of individuals seeking immigration relief as well as provided outreach and education. Our focus in the immigration program is to provide accessible legal services with dignity and compassion and thereby increase the stability of immigrants and their families. We do this by providing legal consults, investigating eligibility for relief, assisting in applying for immigration relief, and protecting, defending and advancing the rights of immigrants in our society so that our community is not mistreated, defrauded or scammed by individuals who prey on immigrants and their families.
We assist victims of crime and asylum seekers. We also help individuals who are petitioning for family members to this country, applying for legal residency or citizenship, renewing their green card and work permits, seeking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and fighting deportation. We have been successful in having fee waivers approved for our extremely low income clients.
In order to assist immigrants who reside out of the San Francisco and San Mateo County we staff and administer a bi-monthly legal clinic in collaboration with Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. We also have a strong referral system to non-profits and low cost immigration attorneys.
When a client walks out of our clinic they are assured two things: they will have a better understanding of their immigration issues and will also have guidance as to who can help them with their matter.
Our collaborations with several local legal services strengthen our outreach and education services as well as enhance the legal assistance we are able to provide by providing mentorship and legal expertise to our attorneys. In San Francisco we are a part of a thirteen-agency collaboration in San Francisco (SFILEN)—the San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network. In San Mateo we are a part of a six-agency collaborative called CRISP (Collaborative Resources for Immigrant Services on the Peninsula). We are also part of the Bay Area Deferred Action collaborative (known as BADACA) that focuses on providing assistance to DACA applicants. We collaborate with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights to ensure that all those who seek asylum assistance are able to receive a consult and be placed with a pro-bono attorney.