Families who have come to the United States from other countries face special challenges. Find organizations here that offer legal, language, child care, financial, housing, health, education, and vocational training services, as well as social supports.
Immigration Raids in the Bay Area
Know your rights & know how to help. CALL FOR ASSISTANCE, If you, your loved one, a neighbor or co-worker are in need of any assistance as a result of the ICE raids, please call: UNITED WAY hotline (415) 808-4444.
• Myhousing.org has a very comprehensive list of resources for new immigrants.
• BASF- Lawyer Referral and Information Service
Provides referrals to attorneys for all types of legal problems. Staff will schedule an office appointment (consultation) with an appropriate attorney. Must meet income requirements for free or reduced services.
• San Francisco Department of Public Health offers a listing of local links for newcomers.
• The Irish Immigration Pastoral Center (415) 752-6006
Assists Irish immigrants in the San Francisco and the Bay Area. IIPC is committed to providing advice, information, advocacy, referral and support for immigrants on issues related to immigration, employment, housing, career, education and social services.
• Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) (415) 703-2783 or (800) 649-7570
CARECEN offers information on legal services, health programs, deportation family emergency planning, tattoo removal, and more for low-income Latino and immigrant populations.
Housed at CARECEN, La Clíncia Martín Baró offers comprehensive primary healthcare as well as education on health topics (e.g. diabetes, obesity, hypertension, substance abuse) of interest to the Latino immigrant community. Open Saturdays, service is on a first-come, first served basis; registration is at 8 am. Please call 415-206-4058 for more information.
• Centro Legal de la Raza (510) 437-1554
La Raza provides one-on-one legal counseling and representation. Services focus on issues of: housing, employment, student rights, immigration, family law, and consumer protection. The program educates immigrants and their families about their rights and helps them become citizens through free immigration law clinics and citizenship orientation workshops.
• Immigrant Legal Resource Center (415) 255-9499
The ILRC is a national resource center that provides trainings, materials, and advocacy to advance immigrant rights.
• Instituto Laboral de la Raza (415) 431-7522
This institute provides free Spanish bilingual information and referral to individuals who have employment and labor related concerns.
• International Institute of San Francisco (415) 538-8100
This center provides opportunities and services to immigrants and refugees. Services and programs include citizenship services to assist people in preparing for Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) interviews and applying for naturalization as well as assistance in navigating the rules, regulations, and procedures governing U.S. immigration.
• La Raza Centro Legal (415) 575-3500
They offer free legal services pertaining to immigration, housing, employment, and senior and youth law, and specifically target low-income Spanish-speaking communities.
• Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (213) 629-2512
This group promotes and protects the civil rights of Latinos in the United States in the following areas: employment, education, immigration, voting rights and language rights. They also investigate discrimination incidents in areas related to public resources, including education and housing.
• Immigrant Rights Commission is the San Francisco City Department concerned with immigrants' rights issues.
• U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (U.S. Dept of Homeland Security) offers information on adoption, naturalization, green cards and more.
• Adoption: Adopting a child from another country is often a complicated journey. The US Citizenship Immigration Services will define the process and provide information to help you make informed decisions for you and your family.