Trang Nguyen

Trang is a first generation college graduate who was born in Vietnam. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has been working as a paralegal in immigration law since 2019. She came to the US at age 4 and grew up in San Diego near the Mexican border. Growing

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Alejandro Portillo

Alejandro is a first-generation college student and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Political Science from SFSU. His experience of immigrating to the United States from El Salvador at the age of three has heavily influenced his aspirations and motivation to be a source of support and hope for the immigrant

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Maria Rodriguez

Maria was born in Mexico and immigrated along with her parents in search of a better life at the age of 4. Coming from a hard-working family, she saw firsthand the sacrifices her immigrant parents made. In 2019, Maria began working in immigration law and has since helped provide hope to families who, like herself,

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Jonathan Zurita

Jonathan is a first-generation college student and native of Mexico. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley where he graduated with highest distinction. Jonathan has worked as a paralegal in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2017. Prior to beginning his work with immigration law, Jonathan researched immigration policy as it

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Dayanara Rivera

Dayanara was born and raised in Oakland, CA to an immigrant family. Fluent in English and Spanish, Dayanara is currently a student at Fremont High School. Having witnessed many families struggle with immigration in her own community, Dayanara has developed a passion for helping people maneuver US immigration law. She dreams of becoming an immigration

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Daianna Cristerna

Daianna was born in Hayward, CA to immigrant parents. Daianna moved to Mexico with her mother and brother when she was only eight years old. She lived most of her childhood and teenage years in her mother’s hometown Santa Rosa de Lima, Jalisco, Mexico. When Daianna was eighteen years old, she decided to move back

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Siva Vemireddy

Siva is a  Bay Area native and a first-generation college graduate. She received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California Santa Cruz in Legal Studies, with a minor in Education. Siva became curious about the immigration process as a young child, in part because she was separated from her older sister in India. As

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Edith Ruelas Martinez

Edith was born in Crucero de Sta. Ma Jalisco, Mexico. Edith came to the United States when she was six years old with her family.  Through her own immigration journey, she witnessed the sacrifices and struggles involved in moving to another country. Leaving her hometown, friends, and family behind made a strong and difficult impact

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Patricia Barragan

Patricia assists attorneys prepare asylum and adjustment of status applications and U and R-1 petitions. She assists clients who are in removal proceedings and those who are applying for lawful status through consular processing. A graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor’s in Philosophy, Patricia also obtained a paralegal certificate from SFSU. She is the daughter of an immigrant parent and is

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Lourdes Weedy

Lourdes has more than 20 years of experience assisting attorneys with family-based and employment-based immigration matters, naturalization applications, immigration court cases and consular processing. Prior to joining Becker & Lee LLP, Lourdes worked as a legal assistant with another immigration law firm in San Francisco. Lourdes’ first exposure to immigration law was through her work

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