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...

Together, We Can!

We are committed to using the power of the law to address injustice and solve problems affecting those who lack equal access to the legal system……. Read More “Together, We...

Know Your Rights–Eviction Under “Owner Move In”

Desalojo de inquilinos para que el propietario se mude a la vivienda (Spanish Version) Evicting a Tenant Under “Owner Move In” English Version Evicting a Tenant Under “Owner Move In” There are 16 just causes to evict a tenant in San Francisco. Among them, the “owner move in” or “OMI” is a well-known cause for eviction in San Francisco nowadays. It is defined as an eviction where an owner of a unit who does not own another property in the City seeks to recover possession for himself or relative to move in, “without ulterior motive and with honest intent.” Owners may evict for a family member such as a child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling or the owner’s spouse or the spouse of such relations. The term “spouse” includes domestic partners. However, owners who evict for family members to move in must already live in the building or be moving into the building at the same time as the relative. In buildings of two or more units, there are several conditions that give a tenant protected status so that he/she cannot be evicted for either the owner or the owner’s relative to move in. If you are 60 years old or older and have lived in the unit for more than 10 years, you are protected.  If you are disabled under the Social Security Disability rules—which consider a person disabled if (a) she/he cannot perform the kind of work that he/she did before, (b) Social Security decides that he/she cannot be adjusted to other work because of his/her medical condition, and (c) her/his disability has lasted or is expected to...

Never Give Up!

We dedicate this newsletter to our former Executive Director Anamaria Loya who recently lost her father Raul Loya to the devastating disease of Alzheimers.  Anamaria Loya continues the fight for justice as a Supervisory Civil Rights Attorney for the U.S. Department of Education……. Read our April Newsletter, Never Give...

New Year, New Goals, New Dreams

New Year, New Goals, New Dreams  -The Fight for Civil Rights and Immigrant Justice Continues   We look forward to continued growth in capacity in the coming year thanks to your ongoing support.  Recently, we hired Immigration Law Attorney Mina Litvak to increase our capacity in representing unaccompanied children and those with their families fleeing their countries.  In addition, our new Immigration Law Coordinating Attorney Amanda Alvarado Ford has increased our capacity.  Recently, Amanda visited the detention centers in Texas gathering declarations of immigrant mothers and their children, as part of the Flores Settlement enforcement of detention center conditions.  Our Housing Law Program has been revived and our new Housing Law Attorney Judith Gallardo is assisting individuals and families to prevent homelessness. Our Immigration Law Platform is now available on our website.  Our new website is possible thanks to the expertise of Web and Interactive Media Professionals and it clearly lays out the work in Immigration Law, Workers’ Rights, Senior Law and Housing Law. Incredible funders and partnerships make our work possible.  The City of San Francisco, U.S. Department of Education, State Bar of California, van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation, Silicon Valley Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, California Bar Foundation, Morrison & Foerster Foundation , Wilson Sosini Foundation, Atkinson Foundation and Grove Foundation  have made it possible for us to increase the number of families and individuals we assist by 20% in the coming year.  Our resources and capacity are strengthened thanks to our partnerships with the Mission Promise Neighborhood, San Francisco Immigrant Legal Education Network, Collaborative Resources for Immigrant Services on the Peninsula, Mayor’s Office of Housing, Department of Aging and Adult Services, Office of Civic Engagement and...

A message from our Executive Director, Genevie Gallegos

Warm Greetings From La Raza Centro Legal  Extraordinary issues including unaccompanied children fleeing the terrors of their countries, the recent Executive Action benefiting many, San Francisco gentrification and Ellis Act evictions, have caused a great increase in the number of families and individuals seeking our support.  It is only because of truly phenomenal funder partnerships unique to the San Francisco Bay Area that we are able to increase our capacity to provide additional legal services to the most vulnerable who would not otherwise have access to legal representation.  We will soon increase our capacity by 20% . Recently, Mayor Edwin Lee committed City support to ensure resources to those who will receive legal status under the President Obama’s recent Executive Action. In October 2014 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the incredible resolution, introduced by Supervisor David Campos, providing for legal representation to the thousands of children and those with their family fleeing violence and poverty from their countries. In September 2014, the City of San Francisco ensured legal representation funding to the many being displaced by evictions, including those under the Ellis Act. The City of San Francisco’s extraordinary support will soon allow us to increase our staffing by 22%.  Further, our programs and infrastructure continue to strengthen thanks to our partnerships with the San Francisco Foundation, van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation, Atkinson Foundation, California Bar Foundation, Morrison & Foerster Foundation, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation, CRISP Collaborative(Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Grove Foundation), State Bar of California (IOLTA and EAF funding), Mission Promise Neighborhood partnership (U.S. Department of  Education funding to ensure family stability) and our...