Newsletter

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...

Holiday Greetings from The Board of Directors of La Raza Centro Legal

We’re thrilled to share with you some of our accomplishments this year! We are pleased to report that LRCL is on much more stable footing financially, and our hardworking staff will be getting raises for the first time in many years.  In addition, our organization has grown with the addition of our new Housing Law Program which provides much-needed legal assistance to those facing eviction in San Francisco. The entire board has made financial commitments to the organization, which helps the staff to better plan what we need to raise each year.  This year a special push at our gala generated income that we hope to use to further grow our staff next year. We spent the year doing a strategic plan which is going to guide our work for the next several years, and it is focused on how we can serve more of the clients that come through our doors each year, and the steps we need to take to be able to do that, including continuing to grow our legal staff.  We are eager to spend next year working with staff implementing the plan. We have a beautiful new website, and continue to work to increase LRCL’s social media presence. Finally, the board has continued to grow and we are proud of the strong board committees we have, and the support they provide to LRCL in finance, fundraising, strategic planning and more areas to come soon. Thank you for your support to La Raza Centro Legal this year.  Please know how much the board appreciates your stalwart support. Sincerely, Errol Dauis, Board President Shanthi Gonzales, Board Vice...

TOGETHER, WE CAN! TRANSFORM LIVES.

TOGETHER, WE CAN! TRANSFORM LIVES.  When La Raza Centro Legal’s Senior Law Program Coordinator, Carlos Osorio first visited  Esperanza, a disabled monolingual Spanish-speaking senior citizen of San Francisco, he could never have imagined the atrocious retaliations that had taken place at the hands of Esperanza’s landlord. But that is exactly what happened. After intense and lengthy negotiations, Carlos was able to secure $75,000 for relocation expenses, no rent for 5 months, and a lease extension totaling 9 months. Since Esperanza’s case, we have expanded our services to the  greater San Francisco community, and were thrilled to be able to hire a Housing Law Program Attorney in response to the immense need around the city. In less than one month, our new Housing Law Attorney has provided consultation to over 15 clients and is currently representing six of them. No one has been turned away and we continue our fight for Justice, Dignity, and Equality for the low-income and most vulnerable communities of San Francisco. As always, we could not have done this alone. Your support has helped us tremendously to continue addressing these and other serious issues facing our community.  As the year comes to an end, we ask you to please consider making a year-end gift to ensure that citizens like Esperanza can advocate for their civil and human rights through quality legal representation. Remember, your gift can make a meaningful difference in someone’s life.   Our Programs: Immigration Law       Worker’s Rights         Senior Law              Housing Law  STAY CONNECTED   ...

A Message From La Raza Centro Legal’s Executive Director

United States policies such as the North American Trade Agreements (NAFTA) and the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) have caused the loss of many local businesses and decimated small farms in Central American countries while U.S.  corporations benefit.  The economic disruption, coupled with decades of U.S. imperialism in Central America which were followed by the highly problematic “War on Drugs,” have created a humanitarian crisis in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.  Now, we must respond compassionately to the refugee youth and families who flee here seeking asylum from the terror left behind in their countries. We are working in many collaborations to respond to the current regional crisis and build our capacity.   To best serve and protect migrant children and families, we are collaborating with Legal Services for Children. Our collaboration with Mission Promise Neighborhood (MPN) ensures wrap around services to the families who seek our assistance.  To enhance our capacity and resources, we collaborate with the San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network (SFILEN), San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA), VAWA Taskforce, Collaborative Resources for Immigrant Services on the Peninsula (CRISP), and the many attorneys who work with us during our bi-monthly clinics with Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR). In the past year we have been able to ensure legal assistance to over 4,000 individuals and families.  Our Immigration law program provided assistance with Asylum, U Visas for victims of crime, VAWA for victims of domestic violence, T visas for victims of trafficking, family petitions, legal permanent residency, citizenship for seniors and disabled individuals, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  In addition, through effective representation we have been...

Francis E. Fernandez Fund

La Raza Centro Legal would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the community leaders who have supported the Francis E. Fernandez Fund. The Francis E. Fernandez fund will greatly assist the capacity of La Raza Centro Legal for years to come. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. –Winston Churchill Thanks to your amazing support we have received $49,950 pledges! Please see below a list of our supporters… $5,000+ Carmen Plaza de Jennings David Harrington Denise Abrams Frank E. Fernandez  & Carmen Flores James Bustamante Mario Salgado Robert Bustamante $1,000+ Angel Rodríguez Jose Padilla Mario José Jovel Mike Moye The Charles Jung & Melita Sun Jung Foundation Virginia Villegas $500+ Anamaria Loya Camilo Artiga-Purcell Daniel Flores David Abella David Donnor Lori Andrus Sergio Garcia & Amelia Garcia $250+ Alex Reese Errol Dauis Nicky Trasvina Steve Vettel $100+ Andrew Sommer Charles Hardman Darian Shirazi David Bryant Elizabeth Dodson Eric Wolfinger Fernando Flores Henry Steinberg Jayne Chipman Jessica Juarez Jhon  Tesoro Katie Ausleen Kim Fernandez Lisa Cisneros Marc Axelbaum Martha Gallegos Michael Flynn Michelle Tong Phemie Thomopolus Robby Bustamante Roderick Finetti Rubail Bilwadker Shanthi Gonzales Sophie Hood Stacy Chen Victor Elias Will Ruiz $50 + Andrea Mas Anne Cassia Daniel Mendoza David Hauser Elie Sasson Hector Suarez Joyce Foster Katy Lewis Larry Sager Lisa Knox Nghi Lam Paul Manley Phemie Thomopolus Rene...