Protest of Planned Federal Immigration Roundups Draws Hundreds to Redwood City

By Ruth Robterson The San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay) Staff President Donald Trump has threatened mass deportation roundups, starting today. On Friday July 12, in Redwood City, California, demonstrators said it was important to protest the administration’s crackdown.  Photos by Charlie Moehle, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.   Saying their vigil was a chance to … Read More

East Palo Altans Form Tenants Union to Fight Housing Crisis

By Sue Dremann Palo Alto Weekly staff  July 1, 2019   More than 60 East Palo Alto residents voted on Saturday to form a tenants union to combat rising housing costs that they say are harming the city’s long-term residents.   The action was brought about by multiple nonprofit organizations that advocate for renters, immigrants and seniors, which convened the … Read More

Deportation defense work taking shape

More than six months after San Mateo County officials dedicated nearly $765,000 toward legal resources available to immigrants living in the country without proper status, attorneys within a network of agencies are representing 35 individuals in their applications to stay in the country. By funding four half-time and two full-time attorneys at agencies operating across the county, officials are aiming … Read More

Tenants and Their Supporters Urge Mountain View City Council to Reject Demolition of 20 Affordable Homes in Order to Construct 15 Luxury Townhouses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: “It makes no sense to demolish housing in the middle of a housing crisis,” states Guadalupe Rosas, an organizer with PACT who has been working with the Tenants’ Union. “The project would result in a net loss of housing units. The diversity of Mountain View is under threat by these developers. The Council needs to take a … Read More

MARIA VASQUEZ MARQUEZ | RECEPTIONIST

Maria joined our team in January of 2017. She was raised in East Palo Alto, and has lived in EPA for over 30 years. She has over 15 years retail experience working in fast-paced and team-based environment. Maria currently supports the entire organization in her capacity as receptionist and is usually the first point of contact for many of our … Read More

RAQUEL VASQUEZ | STAFF ATTORNEY, IMMIGRATION PROGRAM

Prior to joining us in 2019, Raquel practiced immigration law in both the nonprofit and private settings in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has primarily focused on affirmative family-based immigration, naturalization, and DACA. Raquel received her JD from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco and her BA in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. She is … Read More

MARCO TOVAR | INTAKE AND CLINIC COORDINATOR

Marco graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University in May, 2017 with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Psychology (Honors). After taking a course on the Constitution, he became very interested in the law. Marco hopes to learn valuable skills while at CLSEPA that will be helpful as he seeks a JD. He was born and raised … Read More

JASON TARRICONE, ESQ. | DIRECTOR, HOUSING PROGRAM

Jason joined us in April 2013 after working at Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho, where he represented plaintiffs in class action lawsuits in the areas of employment law and disability rights. Before that, he worked as a fellow at the Impact Fund, where he litigated civil rights class actions. Jason served as a law clerk to Judge Sidney Thomas of … Read More