La Raza’s 42nd Anniversary Celebration

La Raza Centro Legal’s 42nd Anniversary event on June 19, 2015, at The Galleria in San Francisco was a rousing success!  Everyone in attendance was inspired by our dynamic keynote speaker Jeff Adachi, SF Public Defender, and an award ceremony honoring the achievements of individuals and institutions leading the charge to promote social justice. The evening of celebration ended on a truly charged note as our guests literally danced into the night with the accompaniment of the salsa band Rumbache Sextet!  We thank our many sponsors of our 42nd Anniversary! Approximately 300 of our loyal supporters, civic leaders, sponsors, public dignitaries, and current and past clients joined in the celebration of La Raza’s evolution from its humble beginnings in 1973 as an initiative born out of the civil rights and Chicano movements to an agency which, today, offers a full spectrum of economically and culturally accessible legal services to the Bay Area’s Latino, low-income and monolingual Spanish-speaking and immigrant populations. Our 42nd Anniversary celebration also served to demonstrate the strong support the organization has within the philanthropic community. Not only did the event generate a record-setting $80,000 in donations – exceeding our goal – but, additionally, $15,000.00 in pledges earmarked for La Raza’s newly-launched Sustainability Fund 2020 initiative. The Fund marks a new direction for La Raza’s development strategy as the agency focuses on long-term sustainability through the generation of philanthropic investments which will ensure that we build the systems needed to strengthen our funding sources and sustain the agency over time so as to provide legal services that will have the greatest impact on the communities we serve. We are determined...

Our Heartfelt Thanks and Gratitude to our 42nd Anniversary Partners!

Steward of Justice Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Fernandez, Lyons, Greenwood, Oberman, Satterley & Bosl Foundation Torchbearers of Justice Hanson Bridgett LLP Hirschfeld Kraemer, LLP Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation Guardians of Justice Shartsis Friese LLP Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood Keker & Van Nest LLP The Venable Foundation   Liberation Law Group, P.C.  Goodwin Procter LLP AA Batarse Foundation The Nassiri & Jung  Foundation  The Union Bank Foundation Advocates of Justice Farella Braun + Martel LLP Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP Berman DeValerio Morrison & Foerster Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP Virginia Villegas & Dan Zurita Fellom & Solorio Andrus Anderson LLP The Law Office of Salgado & Associates Instituto Laboral de La Raza Defenders of Justice Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP Chavez & Gertler Boxer Gerson Attorneys at Law, LLP Beenson, Tayer & Bodine, APC California Rural Legal Assistance Al Borvice & Ramiro Castro Michael Sorgen Darian Shirazi Supporters of Justice Anamaria Loya & Chris O’Hearn Genevie Gallegos Fred W. Alvarez Carmen De Leoon Fred W. Alvarez Camilo Artiga-Purcell David Zimmer Rubail Birwadker Chrissy Filipp Outten & Golden LLP JAMS San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council Mission Housing Development Corporation (MHDC) Friends Justice Grace Vineyards San Francisco 49ers The Golden State Warriors  The San Jose Sharks George Arroyo David Rorick Ella Blakeney Mary Ellen S. Greenlee...

Mixed Status Family Pursuing the American Dream

A “mixed-status family” is a family whose members include different citizenship or immigration status.  This story is about a mixed-status family, the Rojas-Roldans, who La Raza Centro Legal is assisting in their immigration matters.  The Rojas-Roldan family is comprised of a U.S. citizen child, a Deferred Action recipient adult child, and undocumented parents who are DAPA eligible.  They are the image of what immigrant families look like nowadays.  Furthermore, they are an example of people coming to this country to have a chance to pursue the “American Dream.” As is common with immigrant families, the conditions in one’s home country are not safe and these conditions often force families to flee and find safety in another country.  Whether it was being surrounded by criminal activity, gangs, or drug trafficking, Monica knew it was not a place to raise her family or become productive citizens.  Rather, it had become a place where you were lucky if you could escape harm or, even worse, death. As a result, Monica made the difficult decision to immigrate to the United States from Mexico with her 9 year old son Kevin in 2004.   As with all new arrivals, it was a struggle to live in the United States undocumented.  Not only is it difficult to find housing, but it’s hard to find employment and a school to send your child. At first they lived in Oakland, California, but quickly found a place to stay in San Francisco and made their home in the Tenderloin District.  Soon, Monica and her husband found work and Kevin was in school.  In March 2011, the Rojas-Roldan family grew –...

Joins us at La Raza Centro Legal’s Annual Open House!

LA RAZA CENTRO LEGAL JOIN US FOR OUR  MAY 20TH OPEN HOUSE!  What’s new at La Raza Centro Legal? Join our staff, board members and other distinguished leaders in the community to discuss a recap of La Raza Centro Legal’s accomplishments, special events and projects worked on throughout the year. We will begin our Open House at 5:30 p.m. with a mixer including hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Thank you for your time and consideration. If possible, please RSVP to our Development Director at Alex@lrcl.org. We look forward to seeing you on May 20th!  WHEN: May 20th, 2015 5:30-7:30 WHERE: 474 Valencia Street  Suite 295 San Francisco,...