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Client Story

A seven-year path to residency

Posted: January 17, 2023

In May 2022, seven years after she emigrated from Guatemala, Karla Rodas became a U.S. resident. She credits the Immigration Legal Services (ILS) team at Canal Alliance with helping her to achieve this milestone.


Marin immigration advocates decry Title 42 extension

Posted: January 2, 2023

Omar Carrera, chief executive of Canal Alliance, an immigrant advocacy organization in San Rafael, said the policy is being “misused.”


Entrepreneur achieves through education

Posted: October 25, 2022

Melkyn Mazariegos came to the U.S. from Guatemala as a teenager to support his family and make a better life for himself.

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Outdoors & Recreation

Jordan Vasquez: Student volunteer becomes a mentor to immigrant youth

Posted: October 25, 2022

Jordan Vasquez started out as a volunteer teacher’s aide at Canal Alliance helping immigrants speak English. Jordan is now helping immigrant youth in the OFY program as the Client success Mentor Coordinator.

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Client Story

Gabriela Araceli Guiterrez and Filemon Para Hernandez: U.S. citizens and new voters

Posted: September 21, 2022

In this interview, Gabriela and Filemon detail their incredible journey, ongoing pursuit of educational opportunities, and what citizenship means to their family.  

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Civic Engagement

Immigration Legal Services as the Foundation for Improving Lives

Posted: September 6, 2022

Canal Alliance’s Immigration Legal Services (ILS) serves as the foundation for Improving Lives in the Canal district.


Canal Alliance urges federal action to protect immigrant families

Posted: May 6, 2022

Canal Alliance joined nonprofits from every state and the District of Columbia urging the Biden Administration to act quickly to finalize responsible “public charge” regulations that protect families.  

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Update on Cameroon TPS

Posted: April 21, 2022

Cameroonians who have been in the United States since at least April 14, 2022 may be eligible for Temporary Protected Status.

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Client Story

Andrea Rivas Iraheta connects with newly arrived immigrant youth

Posted: April 12, 2022

A case worker helps young people connect to education and employment, build community, and pursue their goals.  


Field Trips for Immigrant Youth

Posted: April 12, 2022

Immigrant youth learn the basics of rock climbing thanks to our community partners.

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