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              teaching, interpreting and changing law since 1979                                                          FaLL 2010 voL. 14 no. 2




STAFF MESSAGE FROM
SALLY KINOSHITA,
DEPUTY DIRECTOR




The Immigrant advocate newsletter
features a message column from ILrc
staff members.

As 2010 draws to a close, I find myself

                                                THE ILRC AND CRISP - A UNIQUE
reflecting on not just this past year, but on
all of my time here at the ILRC and how

                                                COLLABORATION IMPROVING
much the world has changed in the last 10
years. I started as a staff attorney with the
ILRC in 2001, just before September
11th. In the years since then we have
watched this country’s mainstream media
                                                IMMIGRANT LEGAL SERVICES IN
demonize immigrants, portraying them
as criminals and terrorists who come to
                                                SAN MATEO COUNTY
take away jobs from hard-working Ameri-
                                                A long-term permanent resident wants to apply to become a United States citizen, but cannot
cans. We have seen immigration policies
                                                pass the reading and writing requirements because he is blind and has significant developmental
target unprecedented numbers of immi-
                                                delays.
grants through raids, deportations, and
other enforcement activities.                   A Filipina woman is the victim of domestic violence perpetrated by her undocumented partner.
                                                She has a child with him, and worries for the safety of her self and her child. She is also
And we have taken a roller coaster ride with
                                                undocumented, and she is afraid if she leaves him she will be destitute or deported. She does
the economy that has made us lose our
                                                not know what to do in order build a new life without him.
stomachs multiple times. But we’ve also
witnessed many inspiring moments. We            An immigrant teenager is abused by her husband, with whom she has two children. When she
have joined record numbers of immigrants        complains, he kidnaps their children and takes them to Mexico.
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ImmIgranT LegaL reSource cenTer                 1663 Mission Street, Suite 602 San Francisco, CA 94103 • tel 415.255.9499 • ilrc @ ilrc.org • www.ilrc.org
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A long-time permanent resident was absent       causing an increase in the demand for              agendas, facilitating meetings, and
from the United States for 15 months because    services. But, after several months of intense     contributing to CRISP’s growth, so that
his intended return to the United States was    planning, the six agencies - Asian Pacific         leadership is shared among all.
delayed due to medical reasons. Upon return     Islander Legal Outreach, Coastside Hope,
to the United States, the Department of         Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto,
Homeland Security confiscated his green card    International Institute of the Bay Area, Legal     “CRISP agencies are able to
and Mexican passport, and he is concerned he    Aid Society of San Mateo County, La Raza
will be deported.                               Centro Legal – and ILRC decided to form            provide representation on more
All four of these people have immigration
                                                CRISP (Collaborative Resources for                 complex cases due to the
                                                Immigrant Services on the Peninsula).
options, but their cases are complicated,
                                                CRISP’s primary purpose is to support              ILRC’s free trainings and
and many community-based legal aid
organizations do not have the expertise to
                                                youth, families, and the elderly by providing      technical assistance.”
                                                high quality immigration legal services on             — Robert Uy, APILO
take them on. But, thanks in part to the
                                                complex and deportation defense cases.
CRISP Collaborative in San Mateo, there
                                                With civic leadership and foresight, the
are organizations in San Mateo County
                                                Silicon Valley Community Foundation and            Additionally, ILRC provides trainings,
that can and will handle these types of
                                                the Grove Foundation have generously               technical assistance, case reviews, case
complex immigration cases.
                                                provided financial support to CRISP for            mentorship and other resources, including
San Mateo County is among the most              several years. Two other key foundations, the      our Attorney of the Day (AOD) service for
diverse counties in the country. In fact,       van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation and            questions and support on complex cases, to
more than 30% of the residents are              the Zellerbach Family Foundation, also             all of the CRISP members free of charge.
immigrants. Nearly 55% of Daly City             provide support to nearly all the CRISP            ILRC’s efforts have helped CRISP staff
residents are foreign-born, and there are at    agencies to do this work.                          grow as advocates and gain the confidence,
least 50,000 immigrants in San Mateo                                                               knowledge, and skills necessary to be able to
                                                CRISP turned a coordinating obstacle into a
County who are undocumented. Although                                                              handle the types of complex cases that many
                                                benefit to the community. By deciding to
there have been outstanding non-profit legal                                                       would not have been able to handle without
                                                work collaboratively, seven different agencies
service organizations in San Mateo County                                                          the ILRC’s intensive assistance and the
                                                with different client constituencies and service
for years, there was a lack of non-profit                                                          formation of the CRISP Collaborative to
                                                areas are now coordinating the provision of
organizations that provided legal assistance                                                       serve as a vehicle for this growth and
                                                legal services for better and further reach.
to immigrants with deportation defense or                                                          capacity-building.
                                                CRISP agencies meet regularly, share
extremely complex cases.
                                                resources, work on policy together, encourage      Robert Uy from the Asian Pacific Islander
                                                each agency to focus on its strengths, and         Legal Outreach says he does not miss
                                                provide cross agency referrals based on each       attending ILRC training opportunities and
“San Mateo County is among                                                                         regularly utilizes the support of the ILRC’s
                                                organization’s strengths. An example of the
the most diverse counties in                    cross referral system is that one agency takes     AOD program. He says, “CRISP agencies
                                                most of the cases from the rural western part      are able to provide representation on more
the country. In fact, more                                                                         complex cases due to the ILRC’s free
                                                of the county, while two others focus on the
than 30% of the residents are                   northern parts of the county. Additionally,        trainings and technical assistance. They
                                                another agency handles the referrals for           have been instrumental in educating a new
immigrants.”                                                                                       generation of attorneys and Bay Area
                                                deportation cases, but does no complex
                                                citizenship cases, while still another agency      representatives, who are in turn serving the
                                                handles a significant number of complex            Peninsula’s immigrant community.”
In 2004, the ILRC and six non-profit legal
                                                naturalization cases. All the agencies work
service providers came together to figure out                                                      The four clients mentioned at the outset of this
                                                well together, and this allows for a more
how best to address the lack of services on                                                        article are all cases CRISP organizations are
                                                coordinated, efficient, and effective allocation
deportation and complex cases in San Mateo                                                         successfully handling. Because immigration
                                                of resources in the county.
County. The agencies recognized a number                                                           law, organizational staffing, and client
of challenges in forming a collaborative.       From the beginning, ILRC has played an             circumstances       always      change,      the
They had a range of expertise and capacities.   instrumental leadership role in the                Collaborative continues to meet, and the
Some worked in rural areas, others in           collaborative. We are the fiscal agent for         ILRC is always available for free technical
suburban and urban areas. They represented      the entire collaborative, and we work with         assistance, materials, and training. All CRISP
Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Laotian, and      all the other organizations to help provide        members are committed partners in growing
Tagalog speaking communities. Additionally,     some of the “glue” to CRISP. Meanwhile,            the immigration law field, building capacity,
San Mateo County had experienced rapid          we make sure that each CRISP member                and ensuring excellent legal representation for
demographic change in the previous decade       organization takes a turn setting meeting          immigrants on the Peninsula. u


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From SaLLY KInoShITa                            conTInued From page 1




marching in support of legalization and against                             ships. Going beyond our traditional role as        strategy together and influence the debate on
the criminalization of their families and com-                              a support center providing technical assis-        comprehensive immigration reform.
munities. We have realized the power of                                     tance on complicated immigration matters,
yesterday’s newcomers evolving into today’s                                 we have enhanced our strategic capacity-           “ILRC has worked hard to adopt
political voting force. And we have stood in                                building support, leadership development
awe as the amazing spirit and bravery of                                    and advocacy collaboration, and have been          new technologies to support our
DREAM Act students prove that today’s                                       re-granting funds to our partner nonprofits        work and that of our partners.”
youth are tomorrow’s leaders!                                               through programs like the Community
                                                                            Leadership Project supported by the                During this time, the ILRC has worked hard to
Through the highs and lows of the last decade,
                                                                            Hewlett, Irvine, and Packard Foundations.          adopt new technologies to support our work
the ILRC has continuously invested in people
                                                                            We have worked to further support the              and that of our partners. In the past few years,
and partners, adapted to rapidly progressing
                                                                            growing alliances among groups by bringing         the ILRC has developed a collaborative wiki, a
technological changes, and navigated historic
                                                                            together immigrant rights organizations,           social networking site, and are in the process of
financial downturns to remain a vibrant and
                                                                            faith-based organizing groups, child welfare       implementing two online immigration
dynamic organization.
                                                                            workers, domestic violence advocates, and          screening interviews. By testing and piloting
                                                                            LGBT allies to work on common causes.              new online tools to help legal services providers
“We have stood in awe as the                                                Meanwhile the pace of technological change
                                                                                                                               and immigrant communities better serve and
                                                                                                                               advocate for their constituencies, we are building
amazing spirit and bravery of                                               during the past decade has been dizzying. It’s
                                                                                                                               our technological expertise and the capacity of
                                                                            at times difficult to fathom how much tech-
DREAM Act students prove that                                               nology has grown and influenced our lives.
                                                                                                                               our partners in preparation for a future legaliza-
                                                                                                                               tion program. In the coming year, be on the
today’s youth are tomorrow’s                                                In 2001, when I was first given my ILRC
                                                                                                                               lookout as we also expand our online presence
                                                                            email address, Google was already a company,
leaders!”                                                                   but would wait five more years before making
                                                                                                                               through more effective use of our website!
                                                                            it into the dictionary as a verb. It now reaches   Finally, I look back upon my tenure at the
In the past decade, immigrants, their com-                                  1 trillion pages on the web. Wikipedia             ILRC and simply feel grateful for still being
munities, and the agencies that support                                     started in 2001 in English with 20,000 arti-       here – grateful that the ILRC is still producing
them have increased collaborative efforts for                               cles. Now it has over 3 million articles and is    such high caliber work despite a severe down-
the fair and humane treatment of immi-                                      available in 262 languages. When I started at      turn in the economy; grateful that, in the face
grants, and the ILRC is constantly finding                                  the ILRC, individual blogs and citizen jour-       of incredibly challenging times for immi-
new ways to support their struggles and suc-                                nalism had started, but had not yet                grants, individuals and communities continue
cesses. As immigrant-led organizations have                                 proliferated. Today, immigrant rights orga-        to push forward with hope and for progress;
grown from grassroots volunteer groups to                                   nizations, Dream Act students and LGBT             and grateful for the many individuals, foun-
nonprofit advocacy organizations, we have                                   groups who have never met in person are            dations, and partner organizations that
made strategic investments in our partner-                                  using social media tools to plan advocacy          support our work. u


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u.S. Supreme courT aFFIrmS The SIXTh amendmenT rIghT oF noncITIZenS
                                                                                                   pass when the target is “criminal aliens” – a
                                                                                                   category second only to “terrorists” as a
                                                                                                   subject of extreme legislation. For example,

U.S. SUPREME COURT AFFIRMS                                                                         if the government alleges that a non-
                                                                                                   permanent resident’s conviction is an

THE SIXTH AMENDMENT RIGHT OF
                                                                                                   “aggravated felony” (a complex legal
                                                                                                   category that includes several minor

NONCITIZENS: AN IMPORTANT
                                                                                                   misdemeanors), the person can be ordered
                                                                                                   deported by an Immigration Customs
                                                                                                   Enforcement (ICE) agent, with no
RULING FOR IMMIGRANTS                                                                              possibility of a day in court or any review by
                                                                                                   an immigration judge. Also, immigrants
                                                                                                   (including legal permanent residents) are
                                                                                                   subject to mandatory, extended immigration
                                                                                                   detention during their deportation cases
                                                                                                   and all appeals of those cases, regardless of
                                                                                                   their equities or the needs of their U.S.
                                                                                                   citizen family members, if they have been
                                                                                                   convicted of any of a wide variety of crimes,
                                                                                                   including many misdemeanors. These
                                                                                                   immigration penalties occur in addition to
                                                                                                   any criminal penalty imposed.
                                                                                                   In reality the evil-sounding term “criminal
                                                                                                   alien” encompasses a wide range of people.
                                                                                                   Many are lawful permanent residents with
                                                                                                   families in the United States and long
                                                                                                   histories of living in the United States.
                                                                                                   Some have been convicted of minor offenses.
                                                                                                   Against all common sense, a first time non-
                                                                                                   violent misdemeanor offense with no jail
                                                                                                   time imposed can easily be classified as an
                                                                                                   “aggravated felony,” which brings the
                                                                                                   harshest     possible    consequences      in
                                                                                                   immigration law. The irrational nature of
                                                                                                   some of these laws is one reason that getting
On March 31, 2010, the United States                Among them are the ILRC Staff Attorneys        advice under the Court’s Padilla decision is
Supreme Court made an historic ruling to            Kathy Brady, author of Defending               so important for immigrants. In these types
support the rights of immigrants accused of         Immigrants in the Ninth Circuit and one of     of cases, the immigration consequences –
committing a crime. Speaking for the majority       the field’s foremost experts on immigration    extended immigration detention, permanent
in one of his last opinions on the Court, Justice   consequences for crimes, and Angie Junck, a    banishment, and permanent separation
John Paul Stevens wrote that noncitizen             national expert who has dedicated herself to   from family – far outweigh the minor
defendants have a constitutional right to be        how these issues affect vulnerable immigrant   criminal penalties imposed.
advised about the immigration consequences          youth and others.
of a guilty plea. The case, Padilla v. Kentucky,                                                   Now the U.S. Supreme Court has
is being compared to the landmark case of                                                          acknowledged that immigration consequences
Gideon v. Wainwright, in which the Court            “Immigration penalties occur                   come within the Sixth Amendment right to
held that people have a Sixth Amendment                                                            counsel, affirming that the working poor who
                                                    in addition to any criminal                    rely on public defenders have a right to this
right to counsel in a criminal case.
                                                    penalty imposed.”                              crucial advice and defense. In many cases, a
This affirmation of their rights will result in                                                    defender who understands the immigration
a profound benefit for all immigrants. This                                                        consequences of a particular plea will be more
decision is also validating for the handful of      This decision is important for several         able to possibly identify an alternate offense
lawyers around the country who have been            reasons. Immigration and crimes are wedge      that has a similar criminal penalty, but with
working for decades on the complex and              issues for attacks on due process and civil    no or less severe immigration effects. Even if
politically fraught intersection between            rights. Draconian legislation that erodes      this is not possible, at least the defendant will
criminal defense and immigration law.               due process protections is not difficult to    be informed of the true cost of a guilty plea.


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The decision in Padilla is the culmination of       WELCOME TO AFROZ MIRZA, ILRC’S NEW FRONT OFFICE
decades of our work to transform
                                                    COORDINATOR!
representation for low income immigrants.
The ILRC has provided trainings, materials          The board and staff are pleased to welcome Afroz Mirza to the ILRC! She began as ILRC’s
and individual consultations to public              new Front Office Coordinator in July of this year. Originally from India, Afroz is herself an
defenders since 1990, both on our own and,          immigrant who just recently became a naturalized U.S. citizen. Before joining the ILRC
since 2002, as part of the national collaboration   team, she was an agent with Farmers Insurance and a math tutor to college-level students.
that we co-founded, the Defending                   As the Front Office Coordinator, Afroz provides crucial support for a number of ILRC
Immigrants Partnership (DIP). Because of            projects and programs including: publications, seminars, fund development and finance.
our work, many indigent defense offices             She holds an Associate Degree in biology and aspires to attend law school. Afroz lives in San
already provide competent representation to         Francisco and enjoys nature and traveling. Asked to reflect on recently becoming a U.S.
noncitizen defendants.                              citizen, Afroz had this to say:
                                                    “In the eyes of every nation, America is considered the “land of opportunities.” Similarly my
                                                    family migrated from India with the idea of having a better and more prosperous life.
“The ILRC has provided                              Initially, adapting to American traditions was challenging. But over time, I began to blend
trainings, materials and                            into American culture. Before becoming a citizen, I was not interested in U.S. politics. I
                                                    never wanted to be involved with politics because I never took the decision-makers seriously.
individual consultations to                         But now that I am a citizen, I feel that being a part of society and its political system is very
public defenders since 1990”                        important. I am proud to be an Indian-American, and feel lucky to be a product of two
                                                    different nations and cultures. I like being a citizen of a nation where people of any origin
                                                    or religion are treated equally. Most countries in the world don’t follow through on true
As a part of our mission to support low             democracy like the United States. I feel blessed to be a citizen of such a nation.” u
income immigrants and their counsel, we
are ready to ensure that the Padilla decision
provides     these    critically   important        SAVE THE DATE:
protections for immigrant defendants. If
you have any questions for the ILRC about           THURSDAY, MAY 19TH, 2011, 6PM TO 9PM
Padilla vs. Kentucky, the overlap between
criminal defense and immigration law, or            21 ST PHILLIP BURTON IMMIGRATION & CIVIL RIGHTS AWARDS
any other program of the ILRC, please feel
free to contact us. u                               MARINES’ MEMORIAL CLUB & HOTEL, SAN FRANCISCO



             THANK YOU TO ILRC’S CORPORATE, GOVERNMENT, FOUNDATION AND LAW FIRM SUPPORTERS!

THE ILRC RECOGNIZES THE FOLLOWING FOR GENEROUSLY SUPPORTING OUR 2010 PROGRAMS:

Blue Shield of California Foundation                                        Open Society Institute
Cooley, Godward & Kronish, LLP                                              Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
The California Endowment                                                    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP
The City and County of San Francisco                                        The San Francisco Foundation
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation                                     The Silicon Valley Community Foundation
The Firedoll Foundation                                                     The State Bar of California Equal Access Fund
The Ford Foundation                                                         The State Bar of California IOLTA Fund
The Friedman Family Foundation                                              The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation
The Grove Foundation                                                        The Werner-Kohnstamm Family Fund
The James Irvine Foundation                                                 The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Latham & Watkins, LLP                                                       van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation
The Morrison & Foerster Foundation                                          The Zellerbach Family Foundation
O’Melveny & Myers, LLP


	                                                                                                                       summer	2009	
                                                                                                                           fall	2010	              5
eThIcaL BorderS: naFTa, gLoBaLIZaTIon and meXIcan mIgraTIon
                                                                                              and that strategies like Operation Gatekeeper
                                                                                              along the border are unethical and
                                                                                              inhumane, resulting in the deaths of

ETHICAL BORDERS:                                                                              hundreds of border crossers each year. Bill’s
                                                                                              book is recommended reading for anyone

NAFTA, GLOBALIZATION
                                                                                              interested in “out of the box” thinking to
                                                                                              address the problems with the American
                                                                                              immigration system. Bill’s book Ethical
AND MEXICAN MIGRATION                                                                         Borders: NAFTA, Globalization and Mexican
                                                                                              Migration can be purchased at Amazon.

PROFESSOR BILL HING’S NEW BOOK                                                                Excerpt:
                                                                                              “Whether we adopt a provisional worker
ASKS READERS TO TAKE A BROADER                                                                approach, a fivefold increase in permanent
                                                                                              visas to Mexicans, or an approach to open
LOOK AT U.S. IMMIGRATION                                                                      labor migration like that of the European
                                                                                              Union, what we now know about the effect
                                                                                              of NAFTA and globalization on the
                                                                                              Mexican workforce compels us to consider
                                                    only approach; that the U.S. (and
                                                                                              new approaches to the border. At the very
                                                    Canada) must pursue regional
                                                                                              least, the facts demand that we soften the
                                                    policies, increase public investment
                                                                                              rhetoric on the so-called immigration
                                                    and promote economic development
                                                                                              problem. Recognizing that we very well
                                                    in Mexico if we are to reduce illegal
                                                                                              may need immigrant workers – even low-
                                                    immigration. Bill documents the
                                                                                              skilled, low-wage workers – may also
                                                    devastating consequences of NAFTA
                                                                                              encourage us to tone down the anti-
                                                    on Mexico’s economy, forcing
                                                                                              immigrant bluster. What we now know
                                                    thousands of Mexican workers to
                                                                                              challenges the ethics of our immigration
                                                    immigrate (often surreptitiously) to
                                                    the United States in hopes of finding
                                                    work and a better life. In contrast,
                                                    Bill shows how the European Union         “At the very least, the facts
                                                    (EU) has successfully integrated          demand that we soften the
                                                    many poorer nations through open
                                                    labor and development assistance to       rhetoric on the so-called
                                                    reduce migration pressures. He            immigration problem.”
                                                    observes that the EU investment
                                                    approach appears to be working
                                                    without massive flows of workers          policies and enforcement approach, given
                                                    from poor nations to wealthy nations.     the forces that place pressure on Mexican
                                                    Bill devotes an entire chapter to “The    laborers to migrate north and the fact that
  NAFTA, GLOBALIZATION, AND MEXICAN MIGRATION       Irish Example” illustrating how EU        those global forces are far beyond the
                                                    public investment jumpstarted             control of individual laborers. What we
                                                    Ireland’s economy and reduced the         now know provides the ethical response to
                                                    pressure on Irish people to leave their   the anti-immigrant contingent, which
                                                    homes in search of better                 claims the high moral ground in opposing
                                             opportunities. He convincingly argues that       legalization on the grounds that granting
Bill Hing, ILRC founder, general counsel,    the U.S. enforcement approach has failed         amnesty would reward illegal activity. The
and current board member, recently published                                                  ‘illegal activity’ is the result of pressures
his new book entitled Ethical Borders:                                                        that our own policies (e.g., subsidies for our
NAFTA, Globalization and Mexican             “The book offers a clear and                     corn farmers) and other forces, such as our
Migration. The book offers a clear and       thoughtful plan to fix this                      thirst for Chinese-made products, have
thoughtful plan to fix this country’s broken                                                  induced. Thus, the case can be made that
immigration system – once and for all. Bill  country’s broken immigration                     legalization and a broader visa regime not
argues that U.S. immigration problems        system – once and for all.”                      only are the right things to do; they are the
cannot be resolved through an enforcement                                                     least we can do.” u


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ILrc’S poLIcY dIrecTor honored BY meXIcan conSuLaTe

ILRC STAFF                                        Hundreds were on hand for the Mexican
                                                  Consulate’s Bicentennial celebration on the
                                                                                                    have done enough for Mexicans in the
                                                                                                    United States, Mark replied: “I definitely

ATTORNEY                                          afternoon of September 16th in San
                                                  Francisco’s Dolores Park. The celebration
                                                                                                    think that the U.S. government owes a debt
                                                                                                    to the Mexican people who are here and that

HONORED BY                                        included a short, but emotional, ceremony
                                                  recognizing hometown heroes in the fight
                                                                                                    have helped grow our economy and enrich
                                                                                                    our culture. We all have a deep debt. And

MEXICAN                                           for basic civil rights for all Mexican
                                                  immigrants. ILRC’s own Mark Silverman
                                                                                                    we will not entirely resolve the immigration
                                                                                                    issue until we address the issue of economic

CONSULATE                                         was awarded the Bicentennial Prize by the
                                                  Consulate. Mark expressed deep gratitude
                                                                                                    development in Mexico.” Please join us in
                                                                                                    congratulating Mark on receiving such a
                                                  for being recognized by the Mexican               prestigious and meaningful award! u
                                                  Consulate with the award and pointed out


                                                  “We all have a deep debt. And                            ILRC SEMINARS AND
                                                  we will not entirely resolve the                              WEBINARS
                                                                                                    The ILRC offers seminars and webinars on
                                                  immigration issue until we                        various topics of immigration law throughout
Bicentennial prize recipients (left to right)     address the issue of economic                     the year. All trainings provide California
aurelio hurtado, mark Silverman and
                                                                                                    CLE credit and all are excellent opportunities
david campos                                      development in Mexico.”                           to learn directly from our experts and our
MARK SILVERMAN                                        — Mark Silverman, ILRC                        collaborators. Some of our upcoming topics
                                                                                                    include U Visa, Essential Elements of
RECEIVES THE                                      that collaboration among local immigrant          Immigration Law, Naturalization, and many
                                                  service providers and community organizers        more. We also offer webinar recordings for
BICENTENNIAL                                      is making a difference in the lives of Bay Area   sale, so you don’t miss out on our live sessions.
PRIZE FOR WORK                                    immigrants. Mark was in good company:
                                                  San Francisco Supervisor David Campos
                                                                                                    The new Spring 2011 calendar and
                                                                                                    registration will be available in late January
ON BEHALF OF THE                                  and Aurelio Hurtado, director of program
                                                  services for farmers at California Human
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