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Joana Castro Simonini


Getting to Know Joana Castro Simonini, Director of Immigration Legal Services at Canal Alliance  

Posted: March 21, 2023

Canal Alliance is thrilled to announce Joana Castro Simonini’s promotion to Director of Immigration Legal services (ILS). Joana’s passion for immigration law has been with her since the beginning of law school and motivates her in her work for Canal Alliance and for our clients. In fact, Joana first came to Canal Alliance as a client herself. 

Omar Carrera poses for a headshot in the Canal community


CEO of Marin County’s Canal Alliance says helping Latinos overcome poverty will have a ‘transformative’ impact on society

Posted: February 28, 2023

The Northbay Business Journal goes in depth on the work that Canal Alliance CEO Omar Carrera has done for the Canal community.

Client Story

English language classes open doors for immigrants 

Posted: October 17, 2022

When adults improve their communication and technology skills, their education and career opportunities expand, which not only benefits them, but also their families and their community

Timoteo Vasquez-Mendez standing next to a creek.

Client Story

A young person’s path to citizenship

Posted: February 15, 2022

Timoteo Vasquez-Mendez left his home in Guatemala, fleeing difficult conditions in his country, and traveled to the United States in search of a better future. He was stopped by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as he tried to cross the border then sent to a detention center in New York, then released to stay with his uncle Jesus Vasquez in San Rafael. He was 17 years old.   

Kristy Ponce, Canal Alliance staff member, waves an U.S. flag


Kristy Ponce Aizpurua’s Naturalization Story 

Posted: February 11, 2022

When Kristy Ponce Aizpurua left Panama, nearly a decade ago, she left behind her family and her law practice. Today she manages operations for Canal Alliance’s Immigration Legal Services and is a U.S. citizen. Kristy shares her naturalization journey and her message to other new citizens – register to vote!

Prepare to become a U.S. Citizen


Citizenship Test Independent Study Resources

Posted: March 8, 2021

Prepare for your naturalization interview and the English and civics tests using these online resources.

Happy Citizenship Day Flyer


Happy Citizenship Day!

Posted: September 17, 2019

Canal Alliance is joining with our partners and allies to celebrate the many benefits of U.S. Citizenship as well as the wonderful, hard-working community members who have chosen to become U.S. Citizens this year.

Requirements for Citizenship


Requirements for U.S. Citizenship

Posted: September 15, 2019

Many people who live, work, create jobs, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet lack of knowledge about how the process works.

Benefits of US Citizenship


Benefits of becoming a U.S. Citizen

Posted: September 14, 2019

Many opportunities are available only to U.S. citizens. This Citizenship Day we are breaking down some of these benefits and encouraging citizenship-eligible lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to take the next step toward becoming U.S. citizens.

Canal Alliance Citizenship Classes


Citizenship Classes at Canal Alliance

Posted: April 8, 2019

Registration for Spring Citizenship Classes at Canal Alliance will be Monday, April 29.

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