• Relationship to Immigrants Rising

Alejandro Flores

Entrepreneur, Fellow

"We are hustlers by nature because we need to survive."

Sumana Kaluvai

Entrepreneur, Fellow

"Is there a problem that’s affecting your life? You can do a project about that!"

Women’s March San Francisco 2020

Inclusion & Change Group, Scholar, Staff

"I march in gratitude for educators like Rosa Maria, my ESL teacher from Costa Rica, whom I met in Los Angeles when I was 17," said Marithza. "Her classroom was the only safe place that I had; it was the only place where I felt heard and seen. I left Rosa Maria’s class a year later with a new language, a new community and a commitment to my education."

Be Honest When Filling Out the Intake

Fellow, High School Engagement, Legal Services Team

"I wish someone had told me to fill out the intake out when I was 18. I’m 22 now. If I hadn’t been afraid of telling people about my experiences, if I had been completely honest, I would already have U.S. citizenship now."

A World of Resources

Fellow, Legal Services Team

"The people working on the Immigrants Rising's Legal Intake Service do a really good job of including information that's relevant to you. It opens you up to a world that you may not have been aware of. And within that world there are links to other resources."

Change Takes Time

Fellow, Legal Services Team

"Things can change. You may find yourself eligible for something in the future. I was undocumented for almost 28 years. So it's a long process. But in the end, it's a positive process."

A Second Opinion

Creative Writing Class, Educator, Leadership Council, Staff

"I wanted to get a second opinion because I hoped the first attorney had overlooked something. Or maybe things had changed. I'm so happy that I did get a second opinion because I learned that I had a potential remedy through political asylum."

Convincing My Mom to Get Her Papers

Fellow, High School Engagement, Legal Services Team

"It was so difficult to convince my mom to go through without me. She felt like she was failing me. I told her, ‘No, mom. It’s the system that continues to fail us."

Karen Hernandez


"I’m not going to let my deportation case get me down. I'm not going to give up."