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When ICE comes for SF immigrants, new hotline team fights back

Feb 28, 2017 By Marisela Esparza
By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez on February 28, 2017 1:00 am   In the immigrant community, rumors of immigration raids can spread like wildfire. Especially in the age of President Donald Trump’s heated rhetoric, that panic can lead to turmoil, as undocumented immigrants fearing deportation avoid work and school and live in a state of fear. Now, a new 24-hour, seven-day-a-week hotline from a group of local nonprofits aims to defend immigrants detained by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and verify the rampant rumors of raids. To read the rest of the article click here. 

Commentary: Brown should sign TRUTH Act bill (East Bay Times)

Sep 28, 2016 By Marisela Esparza
By Jayashri Srikantiah PUBLISHED: September 28, 2016 at 10:58 am | UPDATED: September 28, 2016 at 10:59 am  East Bay Times With an unprecedented conversation about the criminal justice system sweeping the nation, we should look closely at the plight of immigrants in California’s jails. These individuals can suddenly find themselves facing deportation — and separation from family and community — without warning and with no information about their rights. A bill currently before Gov. Jerry Brown, aptly called the TRUTH Act (AB 2792 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta, D-Oakland)

Threatened Sanctuary or National Insecurity?

Jun 6, 2016 By Marisela Esparza
By: Brandy Miceli People from around the world gathered under the trees of Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland to share their stories of brutal violence, sexual assault, and yearning hunger during their journey to the United States from their homelands — the hot spring day complementing their zeal to be heard. With mouths full of homemade tamales rojos y verdes, folks chanted, “Undocumented, unapologetic, and unafraid!” This event, put on by the Immigrant Youth Coalition, Coming Out Of The Shadows (COOTS), was a place where they could express themselves in the streets of Oakland, one of

10th Annual SF Immigrant Family Day

May 16, 2016 By Marisela Esparza
By Jessica Christian on April 28, 2016 4:56 pm Immigrant families, lawyers and advocates of immigrant rights gather on the steps of San Francisco City Hall for the 10th annual San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network (SFILEN) Immigrant Family Day. Undocumented immigrant families share their stories with district supervisors Thursday April 28, 2016. Gaspard Mbole immigrant from Cameroon receives legal support from the San Francisco African Advocacy Network in the Mission District. “I came to San Francisco to get legal support,” Mbole said.”My hope is that all the immigrants